Miracle in Arabia

In the spring of 2000, four couples, including my wife and I, were trying to decide on a holiday destination. After a lot of discussions, we finally narrowed it down to a combo trip – Jordan with Greece or Italy. But one couple had already been to Italy so that almost ruled it out. Two…

Cleaning up after yourself

Many years back, my wife and I attended SRK’s show, Temptations at the Allstate Arena in Chicago. It was one crazy show, with people screaming their lungs out, girls sobbing, crying, shouting “I love you, Sharukh!” over and over again even though there was hardly any chance of being heard above the deafening sound system.…

U.S. Midterm Elections as Seen From India: I’m Acutely Worried About the Future of America

My commentary published in American Kahani U.S. Midterm Elections as Seen From India: I’m Acutely Worried About the Future of America I have always been a bit cynical of the American media pompously proclaiming every U.S. election as nation-transforming or even world-changing. I must grudgingly concede though, that the claim is not entirely untrue, even…

NRIs supporting Trump

https://www.indiatvnews.com/amp/news/world/donald-trump-coins-india-us-friendship-slogan-in-hindi-ahead-of-november-mid-term-latest-updates-2022-09-16-808739 Frankly, most NRIs in the US dont care about social issues like abortion, guns, voting rights, LGBTQ and same sex marriage, racism, climate change etc. I am not talking about the Indians born and/or brought up there, I am talking about the ones who have gone there as adults and settled for the long…

The future of Bollywood

Movie-going is now a very expensive weekend outing for a family (of say, four members), costing somewhere between 1500 to 2000 rupees, including the popcorn and stuff. There used to be a lower stall in cinema halls. That has almost been eliminated now. Movie going is for the upper middle class now. People will definitely…

What Quality Means to Me

What Quality Means to Me Years ago, as a young and ambitious employee seeking to impress my new German manager, I worked late into the night to draft an eloquent letter to a customer. I read and re-read the letter, crossing my t’s and dotting my i’s till the last minute, and promptly presented it…