Sujatha Bagal

Stories and essays on food, travel, culture.

Aksharaabhyaasa (or Vidhyaarambham) – A prayer for a milestone

Growing up in India, it is very easy to feel like you’re drowning in the frequency and number of rituals in any given year. There are the numerous festivals, there … Continue reading

October 22, 2009

Phelps, marijuana and the suddenly empty pedestal

My eight-year-old thinks Phelps is the coolest dude ever to walk the earth. With a devotion hitherto only accorded to cricket, soccer and football, he devoured the swim events at … Continue reading

February 22, 2009

Why are the first steps the most difficult?

I carried my son, cradled in my arms, out of the house and into the garage. I had his “diaper bag” (a backpack, really, because we were “cool parents” and … Continue reading

October 1, 2005

Halfway Around the World with a Toddler in Tow – Vijay Times

The knot in my stomach tightened as I walked down the ramp to the door of the airplane. I had N, who was then fifteen-months old, in my arms. I … Continue reading

February 12, 2005

Childbirth: Preparation is Key – Washington Woman

As soon as I settled down on my bed in the hospital where I would deliver my baby, I looked around my room. I spied a beautiful white flower in … Continue reading

March 17, 2004

Parenting From an Immigrant Perspective – Washington Parent

“Twinkle, twinkle, little star…” I sang. After about the 20th rendition, my 5-month-old son dozed off in my arms. “Twinkle, twinkle” was my stand-in, night after night, for lullabies I … Continue reading

February 17, 2004

Labor of Love – Pregnancy Magazine

It was the muted sound of a champagne cork popping, followed by a gush of warm liquid. “My water broke!” I squealed to my husband. His hand, which had been … Continue reading

March 16, 2003