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Work-life balance is not a “women’s issue”

I’ve lost track of panels I’ve attended with women leaders and activists – who are invited to speak about their careers, accomplishments, and lessons learned – where the conversation almost inevitably skews to questions about work life balance. And quite often, the questions are asked by other women (often younger women) who want to know how to achieve similar success, but also have a life at home. But rarely have I attended a panel about careers where men are asked how they manage to balance their life at home with their career ambitions. And I don’t think I can recall a…

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New Year Reflections: 2013

This was a momentous year. I’d call it a marathon. It was a marathon – not necessarily (or at all) of the body – but of the soul, of the spirit, of the heart, of the brain. In all honesty, this year has left me fulfilled but also a bit exhausted, mentally and emotionally. It was an exercise in calisthenics for one sore brain. It was a year of turning from fresh-faced 1L into seasoned 2L (I hope!). The joyful completion of one of the most difficult things I’ve done: the first year of law school. This year meant many late…

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life, personal

A New England Autumn

Sometimes, you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of student life to enjoy a morning of solitude, crispy fresh air and crunchy leaves, and the beauty of nature to rejuvenate yourself. This visit to Walden Pond reminded me of so many pieces of wisdom that Thoreau gives us, and his reminder to always walk your own path, be a truly and genuinely good person, be present, live simply, and pursue your dreams. It is a much needed reminder in a hectic year for me, in which it is easy to forget those simple lessons. “You must live…

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life, personal, social change

A mindset of service

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” –       Rabindranath Tagore “At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by “I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.” –       Mother Teresa This was a year spent with nose buried in the books,…

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Layout and life changes

After an absence, I’m back – at least temporarily! Thank you all for sticking with me and reading this blog, despite intermittent postings. The last month-or-so has been a blur of writing my final legal research and writing assignment, giving my first oral argument, and studying for and taking finals. After many weeks of hard work, I can finally say that I survived the first year of law school! I’ve also redesigned this website, so I hope you like the brighter and whiter look! And finally: I’m excited to continue my work on legal empowerment, women’s rights, and access to…

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life, personal, travel

Here’s to 2012, and on to 2013

2012, you taught me much. A year packed with many years worth of memories, changes, challenges and movements. I failed  dramatically in many of my goals — of which I set far too many, and dreamt too big. Yet, I learned a great deal. In March, after visiting Harvard and falling in love, I sent in my seat deposit for law school with a tiny bit of apprehension and a huge amount of excitement. In April, after much planning and fretting, I left my job and traveled to California to volunteer with two non-profits I admired. I had a magical 6 weeks in…

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India, America, and the importance of community

India is, for me, always a whirlwind bursting with color, flavor, anticipation, love, community, and family. The weeks I spend there are always vibrant and joyful, filled with shopping for glittering saris and shalwar kameez, stopping by the roadside for sweets and coconut water, enjoying cups of masala chai, and building beautiful human connections with family and loved ones. There is a sense of belonging – that even though I’m an Indian living abroad, I’m still welcome in this country. My return to the U.S. after these joyful trips to my motherland always proves a shock to the system. India…

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guest post, innovation, life, social change

Why do I do what I do? {Guest Post by Clare Herbert}

Today I am happy to present a guest blog from the lovely Clare Herbert, who works on social entrepreneurship projects by day and is a writer by night. I love her blog and am glad she’s here to share some thoughts with us about her passion, what makes her tick, and why she does what she does! Thanks for stopping by, Clare. It’s such a pleasure to be visiting Akhila’s blog to share a few thoughts today. Akhila was one of the first blog friends I made and I really appreciate her ongoing support. She writes about the things she…

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blogging, life, personal, social media

How is technology redefining human connection?

I loved this TED talk by Sherry Turkle on being connected, and yet, being alone. She talks about how we have become so used to texting, rather than talking, because having a face-to-face conversation is in real-time. Conversations can be messy and confusing; you might say the wrong thing. You can’t edit yourself to perfection, the way you can in email, texting, tweeting, or Facebook. Through technology, we can present a fake, edited, retouched, perfect version of ourselves. Not in real life. We are afraid to be alone, so whenever we find ourselves with free moments we turn to our devices….

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life, personal, travel

So very thankful.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I took a bit of a long break this past week, both from work and social media, to visit California! The land of tech, startups, environmentalism, and social entrepreneurship. And simultaneously, a hotbed of Occupy Oakland activism combined with shocking police brutality that has drawn national attention to issues of police misconduct. I didn’t get to witness much protesting, beyond Occupy general meetings, during my time there, but it is a truly remarkable location with so much to offer and many contradictions. San Francisco is a beautiful place and I loved my…

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