Kevin Negandhi Interview

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Earlier this year, for the ISAASE Be Inspired project, I had a conversation with ESPN’s Kevin Negandhi. If you’re interested, you can read the full interview now over at ISAASE.org/inspired, or ISAASE.org/kevin-negandhi. P.S. – More about ISAASE’s Be Inspired project, and a chat with Natasha Sumant of Gundi Studios.

Holiday Gift for Her: Candles

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The perfect holiday gift for her: Candles. Who is “her” you ask? Your mom. Your significant other’s mom. Your sister. Your significant other’s sister. Your co-worker who’s having that dinner party you’re going to in a week and you don’t know what to take with you. Your friend who’s impossible to shop for. Your kid’s babysitter/nanny/teacher. Your colleague who you’re … Read More

A Trick for Ugly Candles (Plus Help Me Find a Dupe for Feu de Bois!)

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A trick for ugly candles

This probably won’t blow anyone’s mind, but I wanted to share a trick for ugly candles. (Yes, this is a thing. If I have to look at it every day, I’d like it to be pretty). You know how the best-smelling candles aren’t always in the prettiest containers (and sometimes the prettiest containers don’t have the best-smelling candles)? After like three … Read More

A Chat with Poet Pavana Reddy

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Pavana Reddy mazadohta

Pavana Reddy (who you may already be following on Instagram — she’s also known as @mazadohta!), is an amazing, beautiful, inspiring poet. You can sample her lovely poetry on her Instagram page (here), hear it on Anoushka Shankar’s album Land of Gold, or read it in her first book, Rangoli. I got to connect with and interview Pavana for ISAASE’s Be Inspired project. We had a … Read More

5 Things for Your Weekend

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5 Things for Your Weekend

Happy Friday! Here’s a quick link roundup of 5 things for your weekend, including links related to Konmari Regret, the new Enderverse book from Orson Scott Card, the Shit Academics Say twitter account, an intense story on Toni Morrison, and the best music of 2017…

A Chat with Lady Pista

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Inspired by Lady Pista - Recording Artist and DJ - Full Interview with Punlearning

Have you heard of Lady Pista? Sumangala Narendrakumar (aka Lady Pista) is a recording artist and DJ whose music is a blend of dancehall, electro-house, and world music. A couple months ago, I reached out to Lady Pista to connect about the ISAASE Be Inspired project, which aims to inspire young South Asian Americans by sharing diverse profiles and stories … Read More

Links for your Weekend

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Links for your Weekend

It’s my birthday weekend! Every year, the week before my birthday is designated as Hindi Movie Week in my house. But with a toddler, Hindi Movie Week has been way less successful than in years past. So far, I’ve made it through Neerja, and a re-watch of about fifteen minutes of Jab We Met (but didn’t catch this amazing song … Read More

The Proust Questionnaire from Le Labo

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Proust Questionnaire from Le Labo DC

Do you have a “signature fragrance” (and is that still something we’re doing?). A woman I know recently went to Le Labo in DC (the fancy fragrance company that makes the beautiful perfume bottles and candles you see all over Instagram/Pinterest/etc), and got a semi-custom fragrance made. I say “semi” because it’s a fragrance they already make, but it’s still … Read More

Some amazing things

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amazing things

Some amazing things I’ve been enjoying or thinking about this week, in case you’re interested. First, two random thoughts on style: (1) High waisted jeans are wonderful. In particular, these high waisted jeans. I have them in classic blue, light blue, and black and wear them pretty much constantly. (Also – here’s a good deal on Jeffrey Campbell booties that pair well … Read More

How Long Does it Take You to Respond to Texts?

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How Long Does it Take You to Respond to Texts?

How long does it take you to respond to texts? Since people may tend to assign meaning to the amount of time that passes between their messaging you and your responding, do you feel pressured to respond more quickly? Anuja‘s soon to be sister-in-law, and my new friend, Dr. Roopa Mathur is a psychiatrist and an all-around cool woman who … Read More