Are Indian Weddings Too Ostentatious?

Are Indian Weddings Too Ostentatious?

I saw Monsoon Wedding, the new musical, with a group of Indian women friends recently. We laughed at familiar idiomatic expressions, translated, at times awkwardly, from Hindi into English. We got nostalgic listening to old melodies. I even got teary-eyed when a...
Are Indian Weddings Too Ostentatious?

Are Indian Weddings Too Ostentatious?

I saw Monsoon Wedding, the new musical, with a group of Indian women friends recently. We laughed at familiar idiomatic expressions, translated, at times awkwardly, from Hindi into English. We got nostalgic listening to old melodies. I even got teary-eyed when a...
Letter to Prime Minister Modi

Letter to Prime Minister Modi

Dear Mr. Modi: I am not your devotee, nor have I followed your career very assiduously. To tell you the truth, I am not even one of your citizens, having long forsaken my Indian passport. But I am writing today to bring to your attention a rare opportunity. As you are...
Living Inside a Dystopian Show

Living Inside a Dystopian Show

Whenever I’ve read about the Second World War, it has seemed such a romantic period to me: a period when the forces of good battled the forces of evil, and won.  The fact that I wasn’t even born helps of course. As does the fact that I know how it all ended. In...
Duck and Cover

Duck and Cover

Sitting in his silo in the ‘70s, a military man in charge of launching the nuclear missiles asked a simple question. Were there checks and balances at the highest level of the United States government for starting an atomic war? He asked the question, because, on the...