Atlanta’s MARTA trains

For the past nine months I worked at a company that was around 17 miles (27kms) from where we live in Atlanta. Given my fear of driving on Atlanta highways and the desire to escape Atlanta rush hour traffic snarls, I used the MARTA trains to travel to and from work. Read related: Driving basics: India …

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Flying to the US? Learn more about the latest electronics ban

Flying to the US with electronics just became a lot more inconvenient. Major airlines flying via countries in the Middle East and Africa will no longer allow electronics larger than a cellphone in a handbag. Passengers will be required to pack them with their checked luggage. This step was taken by the US to avoid …

Reentering the US under Trump Administration

My husband and I had planned a trip to India for February 2017. We had booked tickets before all of Trump’s immigration and travel ban revisions were announced. Being a green card holder, the doubts in my mind were pretty strong - would I be allowed to enter? Would I have to endure a painfully …

Meals every Indian should try in the US

When you visit the US, you have to try these! Barbecued meat! Whether you prefer chicken or pork, find a restaurant that serves barbecue platters. The mildly sweet and smoky melt-in-your-mouth options are a must have when you're in the US! Burgers and hotdogs come in all sizes and varieties. The type of burgers and …

Ethics in Media Coverage of Officer Involved Shootings: The Ferguson Effect

The shooting of Ferguson resident Michael Brown, 18, by veteran officer Darren Wilson, 28, was the spark that lit the fire for unprecedented media coverage of officer-involved shootings. Since that fateful day in August of 2014, the media and public have participated in a never before seen number of public opinion “trials” that are full …

Ordering food in the US and how it’s done in India

A question that foreigners get asked everywhere is: what are some things that are different here? As an Indian living in the US, I have answered this question quite a few times. It is not an easy question to answer because really the differences are many but several of those are simply based on our personal perceptions. So …

Dedicated to our favorite US veteran!

Reflections on US Veterans Day: This beautiful reflection was originally a Facebook post by the author and I am so thrilled to feature it on this blog. The author is awesome and she has an awesome family!   I don't really remember the day he left. But I remember the day he came back. I remember standing …