Books

The Princess Doth Protest

The Princess Doth Protest

SOPHIA–Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary by Anita Anand. New York: Bloomsbury USA bloomsbury.com.  anitaanand.com. 432 pages. Exhumed from obscurity, Princess Sophia Duleep Singh (1876-1948) is celebrated in Anita Anand’s ambitious but often-didactic biography,...
Journey to India with the Story of Books

Journey to India with the Story of Books

When a friend of mine in India invited me to join the 2016 New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF) in January, I was overjoyed: Wow, India, and, books! This would be my first visit to India—a place that has been mysterious and sacred in my mind since I was a child. Indeed...
On Time

On Time

  Time. We all have 24 hours in a day, 365 days in a year (366 if a leap year). We all have a finite number of years in a life (though depending on one’s belief in reincarnation, we may have multiple lives). But how we spend those hours, days, and years varies by...
Beggars Can’t be Choosers: 1973

Beggars Can’t be Choosers: 1973

Before We Visit The Goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni When Bela arrived in the United States at the age of nineteen, carrying papers that falsely claimed she was a tourist, Sanjay was the only person she knew in the whole country. He wasn’t her husband yet; the...
Educated Women

Educated Women

One day in 1995, Bela Dewan telephones her mother outside of Kolkota, begging her to talk sense into Tara, the granddaughter she’s only seen in photographs. Tara wants to quit college, and Bela, in Houston, is terrified that her daughter is making a mistake and...
Part and Parcel of India

Part and Parcel of India

N.H. Senzai, an Indian-Pakistani American writer, was inspired by her husband’s family history to write two children’s novels, Shooting Kabul and Kabul Corner. The acclaimed writer now gives us Ticket to India, a novel sparked by her own family’s story. When India was...