Do Judge A Book By Its Cover

Do Judge A Book By Its Cover

Jhumpa Lahiri.  The Clothing of Books.  Vintage Books, 2017, 72 pages. In India, you are sure to encounter students in uniforms on their way to school—youngsters wearing pressed white, grey, or blue cottons, sometimes set off by a solid or striped tie, almost always...
Chaos of Events

Chaos of Events

The Chaos of Empire: The British Raj and the Conquest of India 2016. Jon Wilson.  Publisher: Public Affairs 586 pp. $18.56 Written history has a way of neatly packaging its chapters for convenience and understanding. And so you have the history of the Mughals, the...
The Food We Eat

The Food We Eat

Other Avenues Are Possible By Shanta Nimnark Sacharoff. PM Press. Available as paperback.amazon.com When I moved to the Bay Area in the 90s I came across a book called Flavors of India by Shanta Nimbark Sacharoff. I was intrigued by the recipes as they were Indian but...
Longing For a Happy Ending

Longing For a Happy Ending

The Golden Son. 2016. Shilpi Somaya Gowda. Publisher: William Morrow. 394 pp. $26.99 In a talk at Keplers bookstore in Menlo Park in the fall, Shilpi Somaya Gowda revealed that she had originally planned to title her book The Arbiter. Gowda laughs as she narrates how...
Pregnant Pause

Pregnant Pause

A House for Happy Mothers By Amulya Malladi. Lake Union Publishing: Seattle. Available as paperback, e-book, and MP3 CD. Apub.com  amulyamalladi.com In the past decade, celebrities have embraced gestational surrogacy in increasing numbers. In India, for example, Shah...
Values for Success

Values for Success

Those Immigrants! Indians in America: A Psychological Exploration of Achievement By Scott Haas. Fingerprint!  344 pages. Copyright 2016 The picture on the cover caught my attention, even before I read the title of the book. Lady Liberty was draped in a crisp crimson...