Nivi Engineer

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it, always.” – Mahatma Gandhi (from the movie, Gandhi)

Using TikTok to Bond With My Teens

I recently unlocked a great way to spend time with my kids: filming TikTok videos.

December 31, 2019

How Katie McGrath’s Lena Luthor Helped Me Introduce My Kid to Merlin

My 13yo loves superhero shows. I want to spend time with him. Thanks to Katie McGrath, we’ve found a way…

October 9, 2019

10 Tips for Interacting With the Grieving

How's a person to help someone who's grieving? I'm certainly no authority, and can't speak for everyone out there who…

August 11, 2019

Clinging to My Geekdom to Guide Me Through Grief

So which fictional TV or movie mom would you choose to be your mom? "Sarah Connors ('Terminator'), Joyce Summers ('Buffy'),…

May 17, 2019

‘Deathcaster’: The Final ‘Shattered Realms’ Novel by Cinda Williams Chima

'Deathcaster' by Cinda Williams Chima is a well-choreographed dance that forms a satisfying conclusion to the Shattered Realms series.

March 12, 2019

Indian Same-Sex Relationships: A Case for the Gender-Neutral É (and Sometimes O)

Looking forward to a time when same-sex couples may legally be allowed to marry in India, I can't help but…

February 10, 2019

Stack Overflow: 54 Book Recommendations for Middle Schoolers

Reading Time: 5 minutes Looking for Middle Grade / Young Adult Fantasy books? I’ve inadvertently managed to compile quite a…

December 17, 2018

Defending the Arts: “Hamilton,” a Case Study

To those that think there is no value in the arts. To those who believe classes focusing on "soft skills"…

November 7, 2018

Teens, Keep Trick or Treating on Halloween!

Who says that kids need to be young, adorable, and in costume to enjoy Halloween? I most fervently disagree.

October 7, 2018

Solo Boredom Busters

'Solo' is coming out on Blu-Ray DVD soon! Until then, with the help of Solo cups (and plates), try out…

September 14, 2018

‘Crazy Rich Asians’: Adaptation at Its Finest

'Crazy Rich Asians' is a thoroughly enjoyable romantic comedy that, surprise, happens to feature an all-Asian cast. And while I…

August 23, 2018

Punsters Unite: How To Flex Punning Muscles

Do you like riddles, puns, and word games? Punsters Unite Nearly Yearly (PUNY)'s weekly pun competition might be just the…

August 22, 2018

Things I’ve Spent More Time Doing Than Serving Jury Duty

Many people don't bother voting to avoid jury duty. While it can be a hassle, here's a list of things…

August 21, 2018

Netflix Film ‘Like Father’ Is Like a Rice Krispie Treat

The latest Netflix production, Like Father, starring Kristen Bell, Kelsey Grammer, and Seth Rogan is a bit like Rice Krispie…

August 9, 2018

Indian Wedding Traditions Nick Jonas Needs To Know

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are engaged. Even if you've seen an Indian wedding, you may have missed some elements.…

August 9, 2018

Rakhi: A Bonding (and Crafting) Day to Celebrate Siblings

Rakhi is a day that celebrates sisters and brothers. Maybe that should include all siblings, but regardless, Rakhi is all…

July 15, 2018

Municipal Traffic Court: A Civic Variation of ‘The Price Is Right’

Reporting to my local municipal traffic court was just like being on an episode of 'The Price Is Right.' Because…

July 13, 2018

Baby Shower Planning for a Crowd

I just hosted a baby shower with 80 guests. With an hour of game time, I tried to come up…

July 10, 2018 Find Books That Lift You Up

Ever cozy up with a book, hoping for an uplifting break, only to have the story veer into darkness and…

July 6, 2018

Schrodinger’s Mouse: the Story of a Mouse, a Dog, a Child, and a Not-So-Brave Mom

Forget 'Tales of Desperaux' and 'A Mouse Is In My House.' I had my own little mousey adventure the day…

June 27, 2018