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War Stories

He was one of the last few people on the streets. As he walked with hurried steps toward the subway station, the young man heard the crashing noise of an iron grate being yanked across a storefront. Otherwise the night was still. Even the Salvation Army bell-ringers...

Turning American

ASIAN AMERICAN DREAMS by Helen Zia. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York. 319 pp. $26.   A week before his wedding In 1982, a Chinese American man named Vincent Chin was murdered in Detroit by two white men who mistook him for a Japanese and vented at him their anger...

The Game

Priya hugged the receiver to her ear, savoring the sound of the metallic “brrrrrng, brrrrrng.” Without closing her eyes, she could imagine her grandparents hearing the first ring. They would decide who would run the other end of the large house (where the...

Shakti’s Legacy

THE COILED SERPENT by Nirmala Moorthy. Published by Clocktower Fiction, 6549 Mission Gorge Road, PMB 260, San Diego, CA 92120. 302pp. $7.95. Many hailed Nirmala Moorthy’s first novel, Maya, published in 1997, as a remarkable first novel. Her second work of fiction,...

Gandharva Music Exposed

RAIN MELODY. Amar Nath bansuri with Somnath Mukhergee tabla. MUM press. (800) 831-6523. It would be easy for anyone with an uncharitable spirit and hostility to Eastern spirituality to build a convincing case against Maharishi Gandharva Veda Music. On the CD Rain...

An Indian Odyssey

PILGRIMAGE by Pramila Jayapal. Seal Press, Seattle, WA. March 2000. www.sealpress.com Pramila Jayapal’s Pilgrimage: One Woman’s Return to a Changing India is a sensitively written memoir that represents one woman’s search for her identity, exposed as...