Who Was Enid Blyton?

Who Was Enid Blyton?

Raised in and out of India, I don’t remember reading too many Enid Blyton novels—barring those from the Noddy series. I knew, though, they were all the rage among girls—mostly girls. They’d spend hours reading them and like fish in a school, prattle over what they’d...
Apartment Décor 101: Grad Student Style

Apartment Décor 101: Grad Student Style

When I washed up in South Dakota—home to Mount Rushmore—I felt as though I’d washed up on Mars, alone. I had to live like a modern day Robinson Crusoe not knowing whether I’d be a permanent resident or a serious sojourner. So it made sense for me not to collect too...
I’m a Gastronomic Traitor

I’m a Gastronomic Traitor

The American novelist, John Cheever, once said, “I’ve been homesick for countries I’ve never been and longed to be where I couldn’t be.” So is the state of my gastronomic patriotism. What can I say? I’m India-born. But I’ve never craved my own cuisine. I don’t even...
QWERTY, My Muse

QWERTY, My Muse

On June 25, 2010, I’d tweeted: “Have the new technologies made us stupider or smarter? I feel I’ve become sharper in their advent. But that may have little to do with them.” But, today, I’m not certain I agree with the assertion that technology has no impact on our...
American Brands De-Americanize

American Brands De-Americanize

In a recent op-ed in The New York Times, “How India Became America,” Akash Kapur writes that the entry of coffeehouse giant Starbucks, into the Indian market, “signals the latest episode in India’s remarkable process of Americanization.” But, does the term...