Delivering Diasporic Diwali Dreams: A Story, An Epic

Delivering Diasporic Diwali Dreams: A Story, An Epic

  My parents moved from the South Asian subcontinent to the North American continent in the mid-1960s, never to again celebrate Diwali in the country of their birth.  But over the past 50 + years, they’ve never failed to light diyas, do pujas, enjoy mithais, and...
Couples, Doors, Houses

Couples, Doors, Houses

For several decades I’ve been reviewing books, and I’ve had the distinct pleasure of reading them so that I could share them with the readers of India Currents.  But with that joy came neglect; if a book’s publication date was more than a year or two old, I would skip...
Naipaul’s Lives: Half and Whole

Naipaul’s Lives: Half and Whole

MAGIC SEEDS by V.S. Naipaul. Knopf, 2004. Hardcover, 288 pages. $25.00. Magic Seeds is the second half of Half a Life, V.S. Naipaul’s novel written just before he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001. Although the two books together do not stitch...
An Empathic Hero’s Journey

An Empathic Hero’s Journey

Perhaps all heroes are empathic.  To test that hypothesis, let’s first define hero and empathy. Hero (as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary):  “a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability; an illustrious...
Carpe Diem..Carpe Cricket

Carpe Diem..Carpe Cricket

  The Roman poet Horace wrote the following:  “carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.”  Although my Latin is weak, here’s a Wiki translation:  “seize the present; trust tomorrow e’en as little as you may.”   All humans seek a balance when they contemplate...