11 Jun 2019

25 Cups of Tea

25 Cups of Tea

Lost in the back of the house, I follow the friendly faces behind the scenes at the Pfister to the main kitchen. It is almost 8:30 am and time to make chai. In between pinching myself and asking how it is that I get to be here in the kitchen of the Pfister, one of […]

4 Jun 2019

travel to india and experience the art of henna here at the pfister…

travel to india and experience the art of henna here at the pfister…

as a little girl, my love for henna awakened me and all of my senses in a way that has never left me and even now the smell takes me back to india, on the floor of my grandfather’s flat, there is singing and spirited conversation— the kind that only comes when women gather to […]

29 May 2019

mystical and enchanting…

mystical and enchanting…

often times, i find inspiration in the smallest of moments;moments that I have experienced hundreds of times… this morning i shared one of those moments,as i have done so many times since they were young,making chai with samara and rana mystical and enchantinghomemade chai brings me home to my roots and gives me a sense […]

24 May 2019

Our story begins…

Our story begins…

I am a woman born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. I am a daughter born to East Indian parents both raised in small villages in India. I am a sister born just 14 months earlier than my only sibling in a home oceans away from my family. I am an immigrant taught by my mother’s […]

14 May 2018

A Grateful Goodbye

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What’ll we do with ourselves this afternoon?  And the day after that, and the next thirty years? -F. Scott Fitzgerald People tend to have strong opinions about The Great Gatsby.  They utterly adore it or they can’t fathom what all the fuss is about.  Readers of both minds flocked to the Pfister this week for […]

26 Apr 2018

Like Rare Birds

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Like Rare Birds

Entering the Grand Ballroom today feels like entering a secret world, a riot of beads and color, a world I’d never spent any time thinking about before now but so suddenly seductive that I’ve been mesmerized, watching dance after dance, before I remember to find a seat. The women are brightly plumed and preening. They […]