King of Kanha

King of Kanha

It was an unusual Divali night. There were no sparkling electric lights, no bursts of firecrackers, no sulfurous fumes in the air, and no music. The night was perfectly dark, the silence punctuated only by our footsteps crunching the foliage that lined the path from...
Scientifically Speaking

Scientifically Speaking

Even before I became a parent, I fully endorsed the idea of “Bring Your Child to Work Day.” The concept of taking your children to your workplace, intersecting home and work, the two distinct spaces that form the continuum of life for most of us, sounded like a good...
Sprinklers in the Rain

Sprinklers in the Rain

Two names, Vijay and Kavita. Vasu carefully transcribed the words to two pale yellow notes imprinted with the intricate logo of some out-of-business dot-com. He gripped the wide serrated barrel of his favorite blue pen tightly as he wrote on the wrong side of the...
Cardamom Tea

Cardamom Tea

It is easy to see that today’s global Indian, NRI or not, favors exotic vacations, whether he takes a cruise to Mauritius or strolls in the islands of the Mediterranean. Having returned to India recently after 14 years in the United States, we decided to start by...

India Advantage

A few days ago, I received one of those mass emails that always seem to flood your mailbox. It listed India’s contributions to the world, ranging from ancient ayurveda, chess, the concept of zero, to the more recent IT success stories. The email was sent by an Indian...