Opinion

From Too Far Away

“Father Bouche died Tuesday in Calcutta. Funeral on Thursday in Thankurpur.” The two-line e-mail from my sister was matter of fact, but in one swift jolt sent me hurtling back to hot summer-school days in Calcutta, India. I felt the crisp, cool, buttery sunlight...

Goodbye, “Mr. Chips”

He always arrived at our door at 4 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons. Dressed in shirtsleeves, a jacket, and perfectly polished shoes, he seemed an anomaly in a world where casual is confused with sloppy and self-employed is mistaken for lazy. Taking his jacket off and...

Congress Must Investigate Enron in India

While Capitol Hill is engaged in a charade called the Enron investigation, some real questions regarding the collapse of Enron are being pushed under the rug. And one of those questions is what role did Enron’s ambitious power venture in India play in its...

X+1 Syndrome

One popular urban legend that is familiar to the Indian immigrant community deals with the so-called x= x+1 syndrome. This equation is a mathematical representation of the dilemma faced by the well-established Indian immigrant (typically a male) who has embraced...

Life is a Voyage

When I was a little girl, I once read a review of a book called A Ship of Fools in the local newspaper in Nagpur. I can’t remember if it was in the English language newspaper Nagpur Times or in the Marathi newspaper Tarun Bharat (Young India). But the title left an...
Lessons from a Murder

Lessons from a Murder

I have come to dread days like these. The weather in Sacramento is already romancing spring and here I sit after what I thought was a very reasonable week at work, one that gave me, a Pakistani-American a good feeling, that of being a contributing member of this...