The Stories We Tell

The Stories We Tell

Early Indian American writers were mostly not writing about second-generation children of programmers, engineers and doctors, or about motel owners or taxi cab drivers or small business owners. They were writing about the upper echelon of educated first generation...
Picking Waste

Picking Waste

Bengaluru is known as the Silicon Valley of India, but the increase in information technology (IT) jobs has come with an increase in waste and garbage. All over India, waste picking has been the unacknowledged labor of Dalits and lower caste people. Due to the...
Rippling with Metaphors

Rippling with Metaphors

The American West proves itself to be at least as surprising a place as India in Nina McConigley’s debut literary short story collection Cowboys and East Indians. Collectively, these realistic stories create a landscape in which every character, no matter his or her...
Mad, Mad World

Mad, Mad World

Certainly, if you follow people on Twitter, it appears that there is more hostility floating around the atmosphere than there was in, say, the nineties. I can spend just a few hours on the Internet these days and, in spite of a happy home life, satisfying work and a...
100 Years After the Nobel Prize

100 Years After the Nobel Prize

Like many Indian parents, my parents introduced a few of Tagore’s poems as an example of great poetry. I vaguely recall that the poems I read were about nature; there was a reference to a moon and perhaps trees or flowers. They were beautiful poems, which registered...