12 Nov 2019

Time Travel

Time Travel

From India to Beirut. Beirut to Amsterdam. And Amsterdam, home. Time Travel. Across four time zones. To a new day. And homemade chai here at the Pfister. Today I woke at 3:34am. To a full moon and minus six degrees. In India it was just after 3 in the afternoon and ninety degrees.  Memories flash […]

8 Nov 2019

where the rains fall…

where the rains fall…

almost gone but not forgotten the monsoon dances its last dance as the rain, once again begins to fall for so long, i have wanted to come to India during the rains to feel its weight on my skin and listen to its talk on the streets we are in the market where my dad’s […]

7 Nov 2019

Episode 1. Did you know that the Pfister has its very own book club?

Episode 1. Did you know that the Pfister has its very own book club?

I love books. All books. Anywhere and everywhere. I love the way they stretch across borders and speak in many languages. The way they sit on shelves and lay on floors. The way they smell. And take me to places near and far. The way the words fall into place, sometimes so devastatingly and beautifully, […]

5 Nov 2019

A Big Family…

Both of my parents were born in small villages in Rajasthan, India. They were married young joining together two families that would one day become mine and my sister’s. My mother has four brothers and sisters and my father, five. Between them my sister and I have four aunts, five uncles and twenty-four first cousins. […]

30 Oct 2019

The streets of India

The streets of India

The streets of India speak of time moving forward and time standing still. Of moving fast and moving slow. They speak of beauty and ruin. Of light and darkness. Of youth and wisdom. Of new and old. They speak of wanting and having. And whisper. Of the beginning and the end.

27 Oct 2019

Happy Diwali

Happy Diwali

Rakesh is my father’s eldest brother’s son. He is the youngest of three, the only son. His sisters are Nita and Shilpa and his wife is Anu. They are my first cousins and she is my sister-in-law. But in India they are my sisters. And he is my brother. I remember when I was small, […]