Oriental Forays: The Last Gods of Indochine

Oriental Forays: The Last Gods of Indochine

THE LAST GODS OF INDOCHINE by Samuel Ferrer. 422 pages. Signal 8 Press. Also available as a Kindle ebook. I can’t recall when I first read Edward Said’s groundbreaking book Orientalism, which critiques the oversimplification and romanticizing of the East by colonizers...
Murder Mystery Goes Back 100 Years

Murder Mystery Goes Back 100 Years

Murder Between the Lines by Radha Vatsal. Sourcebooks Landmark: Naperville, IL. 320 pages. sourcebooks.com. Radhavatal.com. Available in paperback and as a digital book. It’s 1915, before the United States entered what we now call World War I and became a superpower....
Wealth Management for Desis

Wealth Management for Desis

Rajesh Jyotishi, The Money Talk: Retirement and Estate Planning for Indian Americans. Advantage, 206 pages. Hardcover. In the winter of 2015 when I worked as an analyst at a Swiss bank, one pressing concern was an acronym: DoL. A new fiduciary rule had been presented...

Race, Privilege, and Politics

Everybody’s Son by Thrity Umrigar. Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers: New York. 352 pages. $26.99 hardcover. Also available as digital book, paperback, and Audible. “I write to make sense of the world and to make sense of my own, often contradictory...

Filigree from Gold and Silver

SWIMMER AMONG THE STARS by Kanishk Tharoor.  Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.  239 pages. Kanishk Tharoor is both a nomadic writer and a city-dweller.  Currently making New York his home, Tharoor, as evidenced by his imaginative writing, is equally at home in other...
A Timeless Family Tale

A Timeless Family Tale

Ghachar Ghochar, Vivek Shanbhag, Translated by Srinath Perur, 2017, 128 pages, Penguin Books, USA. I was thinking about Malati—why did she reveal avarice for money like this? What a crass display of newfound wealth, I mused. I shook myself out of my reverie after a...