Demystifying a Hindu Wedding

Demystifying a Hindu Wedding

Five years ago I was approached by Nisha, a second generation Indian-American, who was about to wed Josh who was Jewish. She was concerned that the traditional Hindu wedding ceremony would not be understood by the guests and she wanted the rituals to be treated with...

A Republican Journey

“I am the one who is ultimately accountable to the American people. No President should ever be protected from the truth,” President Reagan said. It was August 12, 1987. I remembered these words spoken by a Republican President, the one whose name is invoked...
Whither America: Melting Pot Redux?

Whither America: Melting Pot Redux?

From a melting pot in the 19th century to the proverbial salad bowl in the 20th century, America is again in the throes of debate over immigration. The prevailing narrative in terms of immigration has suddenly been shaken by the President’s simplistic executive...
Welcome to Democracy, America!

Welcome to Democracy, America!

It may sound paradoxical, but the success of democracy poses the biggest challenge to it. Let me explain. When I was growing up in India, I admired the moral fiber of the political class in the United States. I was impressed when Watergate special prosecutor Archibald...
The Global Indian Phenomenon

The Global Indian Phenomenon

I distinctly remember my response to the first question the interviewer asked in my first job interview in the United States. It was back in 1985, and the interviewer was an elderly gentleman of British origin. He asked me why I chose the United States for graduate...