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First Female Desi Student in the U.S ?

First Female Desi Student in the U.S ?

Before a packed house in Bengal’s Serampore College, with an audience that included the American Consul General, Joshi in 1883 declared her intention: “I go to America because I wish to study medicine,“ she said, speaking in English before the College Hall. “Ladies both European and Native are naturally averse to expose themselves in cases of emergency to treatment by doctors of the other sex. In my humble opinion there is a growing need for Hindu lady doctors in India, and I volunteer to qualify myself for one.” She was 18 years old and her […]



Sweet Mundappa!

Sweet Mundappa!

Recently, Tulika Publishers of Chennai held a I*Heart*Mangoes contest to coincide with the launch of its latest picture book The Sweetest Mango. I won a copy of the new book. My Review of The Sweetest Mango You can’t be a non-resident Indian and eat fresh Indian mangoes too. I live in Boston and don’t travel to the home country during the summer months, so I am pretty resigned to this fact. This July, however, I was in for a pleasant surprise when I walked into my neighborhood bookstore […]



Sanskrit rises anew

Sanskrit rises anew

Deep inside the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a Wednesday evening recently, a class of about a dozen students were speaking an arcane ancient tongue. “It is time for exams, and I pray every day,” says one. “Perhaps, you should study, too,” counters another at the conversation table. The others laugh. The conversation is in Sanskrit, a classical language that is the Indian equivalent of ancient Greek or Latin. Today, spoken Sanskrit is enjoying a revival – both in India and among Indian expatriates in […]



Dal-roti Minus The Roti

The average American enjoys the occasional lentil soup — served in delis or cafeterias — but lentils, or dals, feature on the daily menu of most Indians. In America too, most Indian kitchens are well-stocked with myriad dal varieties, supplies of which are replenished by weekend visits to the nearest desi store. In late June, the Commerce Ministry issued a notification putting a temporary halt in the international trade of pulses and lentils till the end of the year, but later extended it to March […]