Voices

Of Princesses and Frogs

It is interesting that Western culture has so many fairy tales associated with princesses. Princesses and Frogs. Beauty and the Beast. A princess has to kiss a frog to make him into a prince, but a princess never takes the shape of, say, an ugly lizard. I first heard...

More Than An Anomaly

L.B. Reddy was admired for his success in America, revered for his philanthropic contributions here in the U.S. and in his village, and his employees and townspeople who looked up to him as their savior trusted him. In the end, a successful wealthy charitable...

Friendship Reflects Dishonorable Intentions

A popular story in Pakistan tells of the Muslim priest who delivered an hour-long lecture during Friday services to convince worshippers it would be sinful for Pakistan to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Asked just which aspects of the treaty were sinful, the...

Are We Somebody?

Nuala O’Faolain’s memoir titled “Are You Somebody? The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman,” brought tears to my eyes when I first read it. For me, this one book captures the condition of women in the second half of the twentieth century better...

Global Diplomacy and the Invitation

Vajpayee’s invitation to Musharraf came in the aftermath of significant changes in the relations of major powers. The new structures of global politics will affect India-Pakistan relations. Sino-American relations have clearly deteriorated due to initiatives by both...

Indian Chic is Causing Angst

The Miss Universe contest this year will no doubt bring a new bout of anxiety in the Indian press. When Bill Gates declared India to be a technological superpower, few Indians protested. When prime minister Vajpayee pitched India as a nuclear giant, most Indians...