Category Archives: Humanities

Posts about phi­los­o­phy, reli­gion, soci­ety, fem­i­nism, etc.

The Challenges Of Unselfish Parenting

We cap­ture every pos­si­ble pic­ture and video of our chil­dren today. We cap­ture the audio of the first sounds our child makes. We cap­ture the video of the first time our baby begins to crawl, and the first time our … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Relating, Relationships & Relativity

There are some peo­ple who, many times, say things we our­selves would have said. Their thoughts seem to mir­ror ours so often that it is aston­ish­ing. We relate to them, their ideas, their feel­ings. This does not hap­pen often with … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Kaande-Pohe Ritual in Maharashtra, India

In my cul­ture, when a prospec­tive bride­groom vis­its a prospec­tive bride in the con­text of an “arranged mar­riage”, it is a cus­tom for the girl to pre­pare “kaande-pohe” and the guy is sup­posed to then assess her cook­ing skills based … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Majida-El-Roumi “Kalimat” (Words)

In the ear­ly 1990’s I was intro­duced to Maji­da El Rou­mi. I call her the “Nightin­gale of the Mid­­dle-East” in def­er­ence to the “Nightin­gale of India”. I present to you her most pop­u­lar and beloved song (which is, unfor­tu­nate­ly, in … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Giving Space Often Brings Us Closer

A very good friend of mine is deeply reli­gious. Nei­ther his reli­gion, nor my athe­ism came in between our friend­ship. Anoth­er close friend and rel­a­tive is deeply spir­i­tu­al. Despite my mate­ri­al­is­tic world­view, we under­stand each oth­er bet­ter than most oth­ers … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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