The Balanced Life

Sweta Vikram on Ending the Culture of Silence

In April 2018, my novel “Louisiana Catch” came into the world. Very well-received, it told the tale of Ahana Chopra, a grieving daughter and abuse survivor from New Delhi who must summon…
people-pleasing

Sweta Vikram on the Perils of People-Pleasing

I was talking to my father recently, and he said, “Beta, I have been repeating your words about people-pleasing to others.” I got curious. “The one where you say, he continued, ‘I…

Sweta Vikram on Changing the World with Stories

No matter which country or culture you are born into, chances are you have both narrated and heard many stories in your life. Stories help shape our perspective of the world and…

kids and pandemic

The Little Big Influencers

Towards the end of 2020, I finished teaching a gratitude and mindfulness workshop to school kids in NYC. Working with high schoolers reaffirmed to me how we often, even if unintentionally, forget…
Sweta Vikram Khichadi Recipe

Sweta Vikram’s Soothing, Versatile Khichadi

When I was growing up, a lot of northern India homes traditionally served kitchari, khichadi or khichdi for lunch on Saturdays. Sundays used to be the big get-together for family and friends,…

money and women

Minding Your Money Can Be an Act of Self-Care

SEEMA columnist Sweta Vikram talks about money and women and financial literacy after watching a Netflix docu-series. I chanced upon this show on Netflix called “The Big Day.” It is a six-part…

Sweta Vikram on Why Community Matters

Last year this time, so many of us in and around NYC were preparing for the very first SEEMA Summit on Sunday, March 8, 2020. South Asian women moving the world, making…

victim of abuse

The Hidden Costs of Hypocrisy in Families

When I was growing up, a large majority of Indians didn’t talk about their personal lives. What transpired behind closed doors became the property of the walls. Most pretended that their lives…