Books

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...
Clarion Call to Creative Climate Action

Clarion Call to Creative Climate Action

Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable. By Amitav Ghosh. University of Chicago Press, September 2016. 196 pages. The Great Derangement is an important corrective in the oft-polarized dialog on climate change. Rather than take sides on the American...
Feminist by Default?

Feminist by Default?

A World Elsewhere by Shanta Acharya. Universe Publishing Group. 2015. 360 pages. In 1984, I met a young scholar named Shanta Acharya.  She had just finished her doctorate in English literature at Oxford and was working as a teaching fellow in the English department at...
Reincarnations

Reincarnations

INCARNATIONS: INDIA IN 50 LIVES by Sunil Khilnani.  Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.  444 pages. Release date: September 20th 2016. I raced back to the table of contents after reading the opening paragraph of Sunil Khilnani’s engaging Incarnations: “India’s history is...