The un-American American

The un-American American

You have gazed at the world from distant shores; you have lived far away from the center of action. You know how it feels to be an outsider, not only because of the color of your skin, but also because of your past. You are as comfortable in South Asia as you are in...
Democrats, Thanks For the Apocalypse

Democrats, Thanks For the Apocalypse

Two years ago, when the prospect of another election loomed, I hoped that Hillary Clinton wouldn’t run. I thought she had no chance of winning. The Republicans hated her. Even Democrats disliked her. Many women could not relate to her. She had too much baggage. Many...
Masters of Political Theater

Masters of Political Theater

Donald Trump has climbed to the top of the opinion polls with his outrageous statements. This is no surprise. Politics is, after all, theater. But American politicians are rank amateurs when it comes to creating an entertaining yet succinct message for the populous....
We Will Always Have Bhopal

We Will Always Have Bhopal

An email pops into my inbox.  I open it idly, thinking it’s probably a reader. At first, I can’t place the person at all.       But like a photograph that slowly takes shape when you insert the print into the hypo solution, a memory stirs. A face, a figure, a voice...
Northern Light

Northern Light

The land is rolling, understated, desert like. Lava fields, volcanic craters, and boiling, sulfurous pools of water abound. But what I notice first is the light. A flat, soothing white light that envelops the land. A light that caresses your senses. A light that is...