Madhulika Sikka
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(Not) a Vindication of the Rights of Women

Feelings of vindication are not high on the list for women whose career hit a detour because of a guy who turns out to be, well, rotten.

I Have Seen the Problem and It Is You (Men)

Men, you are the solution. Think about your behavior towards women at work and in life, be cognizant of power dynamics, and if you see something, say something, when it happens.

My Favorite Books by Women in 2017

I cleared my mind of all the clutter I read, by reading some more.

My Mother's Last Sari

I never thought of my mother as a brave woman, but as I wrapped her body in a red sari for her funeral, it dawned on me that her refusal to dress in Western clothing was more pioneering than anything I had ever done.

A Breast Cancer Alphabet: F Is For Fashion Accessories

In her new book “The Breast Cancer Alphabet,” Madhulika Sikka dissects the pros and cons of post-chemotherapy headscarves, turbans and big shiny earrings.

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What Color Is Your Breast Cancer?

It's probably not pink.


Breast Cancer Awareness month has devolved into crass materialism

What began as a desperately needed effort to raise awareness about women's health has been co-opted by corporate marketers.


In This Test Kitchen, The Secret To A Great Cookbook Is Try, Try Again . 

Yotam Ottolenghi and his partner have a thriving food empire that includes wildly successful cookbooks. We go inside their London test kitchen as recipes are put through their paces.

Author Charles Cumming Ponders The Seductions — And The Sins — Of Spying

NPR's Madhulika Sikka profiles Cumming, the author of thoughtful spy sagas like A Colder War. Cumming's books provide plenty of action, but also grapple with the moral quandaries of espionage.

Lose Yourself In The Wild Forests Of 'Those Who Wish Me Dead'

If you're looking for a cracking summer read, NPR's Madhulika Sikka says you absolutely must pick up Michael Koryta's thrill-a-minute new novel about a teenager on the run in the Montana woods.

Mammogram Uncertainty Gives Patients, Doctors More Reason To Talk

Improvements in doctors' ability to detect breast cancer have outpaced our understanding of what to do about it. Doctors and their patients need to work through the options together.

Chef Chat: We Pick The Brains Of Ottolenghi And Tamimi

The London-based duo have achieved international fame with their wildly popular restaurants and best-selling cookbooks rooted in Middle Eastern traditions. Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi dropped by NPR to talk food philosophy and kitchen must-haves.

4 Tips To Help A Foodie Get Through Chemo

Chemotherapy wreaks havoc on the taste buds, which can be a real challenge for anyone who loves food. But there are a few things you can do to maximize your food enjoyment while in cancer treatment.

Like 007 Himself, James Bond Movie Posters Live To See Another Day

A lavish new book explores the essence of one of cinema's most enduring brands as defined by Bond posters from around the globe and across the decades.