Selected Writings

  • Parikrama

    A collection of short stories by        Radhika Vyas Sharma

     

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  • A baker just wants to have her cake

    "She tells me in India people consider movies . . . glorified Technicolor dreams, a means of uplifting themselves . . . a comforting escape from the e....  more...
     
  • An Absent Vocabulary

    For an immigrant, everything tastes, sounds, and feels a little different from “home” — a place that seems farther away for the nomad with each ....  more...
     
  • Outsourcing marriage

    Expat suitors are returning to India to sweep brides off their feet and their continent.....  more...
     
  • Batik Tops on Skirts

    Clothes are the mirrors of my American experience. They reflect my learning, my longings, and more....  more...
     
  • The Ethos of Family

    My early years as an immigrant Silicon Valley bride were spent something like this—eleven months a year, prep....  more...
     
  • Golden Years in the Golden State

    I see them each day with unfailing regularity. Taking a walk. Using grocery shopping as a welcome excuse to change their surroundings and move out of ....  more...
     
  • Should I Stay or Should I Go?

    Insights are like sly chain-snatchers. They make a grab for you when you least expect it. I got a brief visit too, rec....  more...
     
  • Indians and Heart Disease

    The only thing certain about life is death; and death comes in various forms. With the advances in medical science new diseases are discovered and old....  more...
     
  • Natural Hazards

    On 26 Jan. 2001, while most of India celebrated its Republic Day and sover-eignty, an oft-ignored force rocked, shook, and pushed celebration into sor....  more...
     
  • The Gift of Education

    It is said that in any aspect of life, the difference between the numbers one and zero is greater than the difference between the numbers two and one;....  more...
     
  • Cooking up a storm

    The San Francisco Bay area throngs with Indian restaurants, with a new one cropping up almost every month. While some have successfully cultivated a l....  more...
     
  • The Bhajan King

    For someone who wields such cultural power, the soft-spoken Anup Jalota appears to have stumbled into his overwhelming success by accident. Clearly Ja....  more...
     
  • Am I Home?

    The other day I was reading a piece in the local newspaper written by an Indian woman, who’s an émigré to the U.S. She was describing her first co....  more...
     
  • Small Business is BIG

    When Sonal Shah arrived in the U.S. in 1986, she could not have imagined the stir she was going to cause. 2002 has been a good year for her; she was a....  more...