If shelter-in-place is causing you anxiety, here are a few suggestions that might offer you one way out of it. Treat it as a time to reclaim your creative self — sing, dance, play or make music, paint, cook, tailor, embroider, read, write, make photo albums and collages, bake, sculpt…

First dog in my class delivers pet therapy to ease the stress of a final presentation. A super mom attends with perfect attention and preparation while telling her 3 year old to be quiet and her less than a month old infant periodically in her arms.

Grading has always been…

I get excited about old things the way some folks like new things. Feeling like a winner to score this boom box that a neighbour spring cleaned out of their life. I enjoy listening to the radio. I listen to it in the car or by streaming online radio stations.I…

April 2018, for spring break, I made an insanely short weeklong trip to India. It takes that long to recover from jet lag when you go halfway around the world, and I don’t care for travel much — hence insane. On prior visits, my mother who had moved to Pune…

I taught immersive classes at this conference centre for several years, working from breakfast to dinner, staying with students in the intense learning bubble for four days, like a retreat. Then to save costs, the college changed the program to not be residential anymore, and to make commute bearable, it…

My mother and eldest maami both used to be very fond of sarees called Hakoba sarees. These resembled Lucknow’s chikankari sarees but were machine made on Swiss Voile fabric that got softer with use. These were mostly in pastel colours and perfect for the hot Delhi summers.

In 1993, my…

Happy Ashtami to all who celebrate.

Growing up in Delhi, this was the festival we kids, especially girls, waited for. We were invited to several homes of our (Punjabi) neighbours, for a festive breakfast that marked the eighth day of ending a fasting period for them. The menu was always…

Venting again: Is anyone else feeling schisms developing in their professional activities with colleagues? I find two sharply different experiences with my projects. One set of colleagues just show up, deliver, address emails with “always good to see you in my inbox” or end them with “virtual hugs”, with a…

Written on seeing a video with a faculty member from another university touting the benefits of a hybrid class room aka surveillance equipment sold as ‘educational technology’.

Surveillance capitalism comes to the classroom. Vendors recruit colleagues to sell us expensive technology that we pay for with salary and benefits cuts…

Jyoti Bachani

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