Simple Scripts to Stand Up to Your Indian Parents

Photo by Alex Osterwalder Okay, here it is! Promised and delivered, scripts you can use as tools when communicating your unfavorable decisions to your family…or anyone, really. Hope you find it helpful! (The following is an excerpt from Emotional Blackmail by Susan Forward) Handling the Most Common Responses 1. Catastrophic predictions and threats When they […] Read more…

Do Your Indian Parents Make You Stressed and Anxious?

At work, I saw a video posted on a lecture given by Lord Richard Layard, author of the book, Happiness: Lessons From a New Science. He mentioned various stress levels and how a healthy amount of stress can actually stimulate people to be more productive and successful while high levels of stress are actually debilitating […] Read more…

Are You Unemployed and Living at Home?

Sorry, it’s been awhile. Did you miss me? I went to Maine this past weekend and had a lovely time. Then I came home and my dad made a “reasonable” request that has thrown me off-balance again and I’m trying to find my bearings. In the meantime, I want to share the process that I’m […] Read more…

Book Recommendation: The Success Principles

The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield Canfield, co-creator of the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series, turns to the principles he’s studied, taught and lived for more than 30 years in this practical and inspiring guide that will help any person […] Read more…

6 Lessons Learned from Surviving Grad School

So how exactly does The Grad School Series (I, II, III, IV and V) fit in with the purpose of this blog?! I don’t know many Indian-American women who pursued higher academic studies in fields that weren’t medicine, business or law. That’s probably because many have felt the strong family pressures to “color within the […] Read more…

How I Survived Grad School, Part V

A week after passing my exams, I demanded the $3,000 promised by my dad and one month later, was on a plane to Italy with one of my best friends. Upon returning, I spent the entire summer relaxing and making happiness a top priority. The summer ended on a great note with a trip to […] Read more…

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