Wealth Management for Desis

Wealth Management for Desis

Rajesh Jyotishi, The Money Talk: Retirement and Estate Planning for Indian Americans. Advantage, 206 pages. Hardcover. In the winter of 2015 when I worked as an analyst at a Swiss bank, one pressing concern was an acronym: DoL. A new fiduciary rule had been presented...

Race, Privilege, and Politics

Everybody’s Son by Thrity Umrigar. Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers: New York. 352 pages. $26.99 hardcover. Also available as digital book, paperback, and Audible. “I write to make sense of the world and to make sense of my own, often contradictory...

Filigree from Gold and Silver

SWIMMER AMONG THE STARS by Kanishk Tharoor.  Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.  239 pages. Kanishk Tharoor is both a nomadic writer and a city-dweller.  Currently making New York his home, Tharoor, as evidenced by his imaginative writing, is equally at home in other...
A Timeless Family Tale

A Timeless Family Tale

Ghachar Ghochar, Vivek Shanbhag, Translated by Srinath Perur, 2017, 128 pages, Penguin Books, USA. I was thinking about Malati—why did she reveal avarice for money like this? What a crass display of newfound wealth, I mused. I shook myself out of my reverie after a...
A Tale Within A Tale

A Tale Within A Tale

The Last Kaurava, Kamesh Ramakrishna.   Frog Books, 2015, 536 pages. The Mahabharata is an epic tale of tales stacked one onto another like Russian babushka dolls, woven against the dramatic meta-tale of feuding families in ancient northern India. There are no...
Do Judge A Book By Its Cover

Do Judge A Book By Its Cover

Jhumpa Lahiri.  The Clothing of Books.  Vintage Books, 2017, 72 pages. In India, you are sure to encounter students in uniforms on their way to school—youngsters wearing pressed white, grey, or blue cottons, sometimes set off by a solid or striped tie, almost always...