To Make Your Own Destiny

First published on Aug 01, 2003 Just a few days ago, I got yet another letter confusing me with Dinesh D’Souza. Dinesh, if you don’t know, is the boy from Bombay’s suburb of Bandra, who is now a star among conservatives in the U.S. A stint in the Reagan White House...

Which Way To The Civilized World?

When I look out my window here in Bombay, I am looking sort of northwest. When I do so these days, I imagine I’m looking right at what’s going on some hundreds of kilometers away in that direction. In Afghanistan. And as I look, I wonder: they call it a...

So Says The Chart

This chart, too, I notice, has curves that snake across it. Our pediatrician measures our son’s height and weight, and plots both on a growth chart. The curves are percentiles. They tell us that at nine-but-closer-to-ten, our son is taller than 97 percent of kids his...

Spirit in There

The Mumbai Marathon has come and gone, on January 18. No, I didn’t run it. I do remember, with affection, running one of the shorter races a couple years ago. Once I got started, I didn’t much care about my timing. It was enough to run, to feel the adrenaline of...

Better for India

Sitting by the seaside north of Bombay, I watched history unfold on the screen of my laptop. When I woke on November 5, counting the votes in the U.S. election had just begun. While there were early leads for Obama, it was still too soon to be sure. Over the next four...