Fieldwork’s Hard Reality is in the Soft Stuff: Part 3: Emotional Support

Fieldwork’s Hard Reality is in the Soft Stuff: Part 3: Emotional Support

For as long as I can remember, I have been a traveler. The exhilaration of being on the move has trumped inclinations of stability in my personal and professional life. For ten years, my life choices seamlessly integrated airports and train stations into class assignments, work commitments and family responsibilities. And then I got married. […]

Fieldwork’s Hard Reality is in the Soft Stuff: Part 2: Food

Fieldwork’s Hard Reality is in the Soft Stuff: Part 2: Food

For travelers from India, the first sign of cultural diffusion in Trinidad is the prevalence of “doubles”. “Doubles” are two deep fried bread pieces served with chana (chickpeas curry). In India, “doubles” is called chana batura and it’s considered a sit-down meal. In Trinidad, “doubles” is street food. So imagine my pleasant and very appreciate […]

Fieldwork’s Hard Reality is in the Soft Stuff: Part 1: Health

Fieldwork’s Hard Reality is in the Soft Stuff: Part 1: Health

I came to Trinidad armed with a suitcase and a backpack, ready to plunge myself into THE FIELD. I was going to own it. I was confident Trinidad was for my taking. Beware, you feisty, carnivalesque woman. I was coming with energy to match.   The three and a half years leading up to January […]

“You Know Who’s the Most ‘Womanly’ Woman in Bollywood? Madhuri Dixit.”

“You Know Who’s the Most ‘Womanly’ Woman in Bollywood? Madhuri Dixit.”

  I have stomach flab. It mostly shows in private when I do ab crunches with Shawn T screaming into my ear from the laptop – “I know you want to stop but all I’m asking is that you give me 25 minutes of your day!” Shawn T has been my companion at 6pm sharp […]

Walk Before You Fly

Walk Before You Fly

18 years alive Extrovert, introvert Pleasure and pain What next? America. Whoa, slow down, lady SAT? Income? Visa? Walk before you fly.   Four years of college Booze, sex and books Girlfriends before all What next? Uganda. Whoa, slow down, lady H1-B? Vaccine? Resume? Walk before you fly.   Five years of labor The city of dreams TV, travel, […]

Home is Where the Heart Is: Thoughts of a Traveling Ugandan

Home is Where the Heart Is: Thoughts of a Traveling Ugandan

What do you miss most about home when you travel? It’s been a month and a half since I came to Trinidad, and I miss home a lot! I think about the beautiful walk to the Path Station, the kids playing in the church next to our building, the smell of spices in the kitchen cabinet. […]

How a Puja and Two Degrees of Separation Made Me More Indian in Trinidad

How a Puja and Two Degrees of Separation Made Me More Indian in Trinidad

It was 11:30am on January 18th, 2016. I hadn’t gotten much sleep the night before, 5.5 hours I think. It wasn’t even noon yet and I was already looking forward to bedtime. My WhatsApp dinged right then. Ramona had messaged, I am going to a puja this evening. Do u want to come? I can […]