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Through the Lens of One South Asian for Black Lives

By Vega Subramaniam

My mom and I immigrated here from India in 1968 (my dad preceded us in 1966), solely as a result of the 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act. Which means I owe my life and my bounty here … Read More

Mental Health Awareness Month and Us

By Vega Subramaniam

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. To my fellow travelers along our bumpy, shifting, treacherous path of survival, I see you and salute you.

Job loss, financial stress, and social isolation: three of the biggest predictors of … Read More

Ignore Your Intuition at Your Own Peril

By Vega Subramaniam

Mala always tells me that I have a really strong intuition. And I’m inclined to agree with her. I remember when we searched for a place to live together for the first time in 2000. We had … Read More

Apparently, It’s a GOOD Thing to Be a Screw-Up

By Vega Subramaniam

“Embrace failure.”

Most of us are probably familiar with this appeal: to embrace failure. To not feel bad about ourselves for failing, to not let failure stop us. To see failing as a vital component of learning, … Read More

Surviving in the Age of Constant Distraction

By Vega Subramaniam

A couple months ago, I shared my deliberations about the fog I was in, that Mala was in, that I see a lot of people in our movements in. And since that time, not only has the … Read More

11 Aug '19

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When Am I Going to Wake UP?

By Vega Subramaniam

I sometimes have this sense that I, and almost everyone I meet, is walking around in some sort of fog or half-consciousness. Mala and I were bonding on this the other day. She’s got a lot happening … Read More

“High-Potential” vs “Great”

By Vega Subramaniam

As I was reading a blog post recently by Scott Eblin, titled, “How to Have Your Best Week,” I was struck by something. In one paragraph, he writes, “All of the great leaders set and enforce personal … Read More

Gatekeeping versus Belongingness

By Vega Subramaniam

A few weeks ago, I talked about why I find the notion of “imposter syndrome” uncomfortable.

During a panel on which I presented last September, I mentioned my discomfort when clients brought up “imposter syndrome,” and my … Read More

03 May '19

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Imposter Syndrome: Yea or Nay?

By Vega Subramaniam

“I really shouldn’t be here. Everyone else has so much more experience than I do. I’m just going to keep my mouth shut and hope that nobody asks me anything. Please please don’t do a go-around … Read More