A Birthday Trek in the Himalayas

A Birthday Trek in the Himalayas

When I turned 60 in January 2016, the thought crossed my mind: what did I want to do with the rest of my life? My father and mother were recently deceased; I had more time than before for reflection. I had left India at 23 to study and eventually settle in the United...

A House Divided

My father tells the story of the judge from Chhapra, and how his family converted to Islam. Theirs was an upper middle class Hindu family, well known in the community. They lived a conventional, traditional life—until the day his father brought his Muslim mistress...

Saving Face

As the civil war in Iraq spins out of control, the debate in the United States is now centering on what this country should do. As the foreign power responsible for bombing and invading another sovereign nation, it is about time we began to ask how we can set things...

The Devil and the Thug

When Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez ripped into George Bush in his speech to the United Nations on Sept. 20, Americans could scarce believe what they were hearing. The head of state of a Third World country most Americans could not locate on a world map was calling...

Truth Will Out

This month we got an unexpected peek into the mind of an incumbent Republican senator and 2008 presidential hopeful. At a campaign rally, surrounded by a nearly all-white audience, Virginia Senator George Allen chose to publicly mock a young Indian-American student,...