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They say we die twice.

This is a picture of me and my uncle (who I call “Mama”) taken when I first moved to Michigan from India. Mama was the world’s greatest listener, as you can see even in this picture. He passed away in February of this year. Almost ten years ago, when I left the DA’s office, I flew…

“It isn’t possible to love and part”

‘It isn’t possible to love and part.’ In my last personal note from May 2019, I spoke of the Big Bad Wolf: “Here’s the thing.  We don’t know when the Big Bad Wolf will come to our doorstep, but we all know that he will come one day.  And when he does, we also know…

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

The best part of my days are the nights I get to come home in time and see my girls off to bed. Jiya, now 4 ½-going-on-14, has graduated from songs and has moved over to stories, and the girls and I have been addressing all the popular ones recently. I’m sure it’s because their dad…

“Sir, your omelette will get cold!”

One thing I hope for Jiya and Sonam is that they get to travel the Earth far and often. Traveling is a healthy form of disruption that we all could use. Traveling reminds us of how little of a spot on the globe we actually occupy. It forces us to accept that there are other…

“Why 2 + 2 is greater than 4”

And what a year it has been! Sonam turned 1 this past weekend and it marks a full turn around the sun for all of us.  Our baby girl is walking, talking and getting ready for Dodgers baseball!  At this time last year, Sonam’s birth coincided with the Dodgers making the World Series, and here…

“I’m All Growed Up!”

As of this past January, Jiya has revolved around the Sun 3 times and Sonam already a quarter turn.  As Jiya aptly says, “I growed up, Papa.”  Recently, she’s been asking how old I am, and when she hears me repeat a number that’s higher than what she can count to (currently she tops at…

“We’ll take the Lexus!”

When I met Anshul in college, I was driving a black sports car. She can say what she wants, but I know she liked it. When we got married in 2006, I gave up that car and exchanged it for a 4-door sedan – my Lexus ES. I still remember the day when I said…

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

In some meetings, clients really want to hear more about their lawyers and get me to open up a bit. So who is my attorney anyway? What does he do when he’s not lawyering? Why should I go with him? So, for better or worse, I am going to tell my clients and friends a…

“See you in the Umbra!”

If you have a few minutes to kill, try doing this: Log onto,, Travelocity, Kayak, Priceline, or any of these related search engines. Search for a 1-night stay in a room on August 20, 2017 in one of the following cities: Madras, Oregon Idaho Falls, Idaho Casper, Wyoming Atchison, Kansas Carbondale, Illinois Gladstone,…

“If You Had to Pick Just One Place….”

Ready for a tough question? Here it is: which one place on all of Earth symbolizes all of human life? Think hard.  I bet you’re not thinking of what I’m thinking. If you had to pick one place that captured all of life’s essence, all of life’s greatest moments, which place would it be?Which one place…

“Indian Mythology & Mother’s Day”

So, I’ve learned that one of the advantages of having kids is finally being able to rely on them. My first experience with this new phenomenon came yesterday when I came home from work. To my surprise, this is what was sitting on the dining table! Cards. Flowers. Sweets. Handmade offerings. All for my wife on Mother’s…

“For Old Friends of their Fathers”

One of my favorite books is the “Celestine Prophecy.”  One of the books my dad told me to read.  Much of what I liked about it was the idea that everything is connected to everything else, and that we don’t have to settle in life for coincidences. I bring this up because in the past…

“I’ll let you be the Judge”

I was at a sushi restaurant the other night. It was crowded, and I was only there because I wanted traffic to die down before I began a long drive home.  So I sat at the bar and just ordered some food. As I was waiting for my order, a guy walks up to the…

“A 50% Chance”

So, no matter how hard I tried to stop her from growing up, our baby girl turned 2 this past week.  In two years, she’s come a long way: she’s mastered the word ‘no’ ; she role plays and does impersonations; and when she really wants me to work for it, she’ll refer to me only by my first…

“In Fact, There is No Way to Forget Him”

This is an awful week.  But I can’t say I didn’t see it coming… How do I officially begin saying good-bye to a man who put me to bed every night for years?  Granted, he didn’t know my name, but we all knew Vin Scully and we knew with each Dodger game, Vin would basically invite us…

“Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them.”

‘Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them.’ I recently came across some rare photographs of my grandfathers. They are special because my grandparents didn’t have many photographs taken of them, except for just a remaining few. You can tell a lot about a man from his clothes. But even moreso in these pictures.  My…

Work-Life Balance

Work-Life Balance: A Personal Perspective Pick up the latest copy of just about any business magazine, and you’re likely to find at least one article on work-life balance. Employers all over the country are talking about how to retain employees, particularly millennials, by enhancing work-life balance. But the conversation really can’t stop or start with…

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