Track Shelving in the Living Room

by Dr. Punita Rice Life

Track shelving in the living room - the first setup

A couple months ago, we installed track shelving in the living room in our home. Here, I’m sharing the inspiration, how I planned the project, and a brief how-to in case you’d like to do the same, if you’d like to see…

My Friend, Anuja

by Dr. Punita Rice Life

My friend Anuja Oak - from Punita and David's Wedding Photos by Mackler Studios

In a few short weeks, my friend Anuja is getting married. Maybe this is more characteristic of preparing for a South Asian wedding, since they’re multi-day events, and involve performances, but my thoughts lately are pretty much consumed with (mostly secret) things related to her upcoming nuptials. (If we’re friends on Instagram, you already know her wedding is coming up, … Read More

Being a New Parent is Insane: The Story of the Wrong Sofa

by Dr. Punita Rice Life

Being a new parent is insane. But we love our Sven, so it's all good.

Being a new parent is insane. This is magnified x20 when you’re also simultaneously studying for comps and finishing your doctorate. Being a new parent is insane because it blinds you to things that should be really obvious, like having furniture in your house that you definitely didn’t buy. This is the story of how I bought a sofa. Then got … Read More

Travel Ban

by Dr. Punita Rice Life


I got an opportunity to share my thoughts on the travel ban in an op-ed for the Baltimore Sun. It was published over the weekend in their online edition, and went out this morning in the print edition. I wrote about my toddler’s love of firetrucks, what it means to be a good neighbor, and what I see as fading … Read More

Merry Christmas!

by Dr. Punita Rice Life

Merry Christmas from The Rices - Punlearning Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! I start getting excited about the holidays around November (here’s my pinterest board where I’ve been obsessively saving ideas, if you’re into this kind of thing). This year, I’m especially excited because we’re enjoying our first holiday season as a family of three. And what an intense year it’s been, with getting back into … Read More

Baby’s First Diwali!

by Dr. Punita Rice Life

Baby's First Diwali - Our Family on Diwali 2016

Do you celebrate Diwali? We just celebrated our first Diwali as a family of three which means it was also baby’s first Diwali! I was pretty excited about it. We celebrated by putting up a ton of lights, and I made gajar ka halwa. We also got together with my family, and ate lots of delicious Indian food, and sweets. Of … Read More

Language acquisition models

by Dr. Punita Rice Life

My younger brother and I had different language acquisition models

Did you know kids who are born in the United States (Native-born) and kids who immigrate here have different language acquisition models? In schools, we lump kids who speak English as an Additional Language together, but there’s actually a lot of diversity among them. Culturally and linguistically diverse students are, in fact, pretty diverse. Even in my own family, there’s … Read More

Hiring a Makeup Artist for your Wedding

by Dr. Punita Rice Life

Why Hire a Makeup Artist for your Wedding

Brides, women who might one day be brides, and former brides — did you/would you hire a makeup artist for your wedding?  For most of the South Asian American women I know, particularly for those who have big, multi-day events weddings, the answer tends to be yes. But why hire a makeup artist for your wedding? Here are some reasons why … Read More