I did a two-way (that’s a host-interview) with Marco on The World this week, talking about the water, heat, and fire situation here in India, sharing details of my visit to Uttarakhand in late April. I also wrote an essay (text on the page is different from the audio). You can read and listen online. […]
Can a hashtag resolve decades of international rivalry? In India and Pakistan the social media campaign Profiles for Peace has at least shown that tens of thousands of thousands of people on both sides of the border are willing to put their names and faces to the declaration that they, personally, have nothing against each […]
For Indian women, saris mark crucial points in our lives: Festivals, coming of age, weddings. We buy saris but, at least early on, we inherit them. The crux of this piece is a sari I inherited from Ammiji (my paternal grandmother) and how I want to hold on to it even though I don’t want […]
Every year here in Mumbai, Ganesha, the elephant-headed god of new beginnings, gets an 11-day party. He comes home to those who invite him. It’s a happy, fun and noisy time of year in this part of the country. For a festival that started out as a single day on which patriots could subvert the […]
Life is very clearly defined in the typical Indian television commercial: Men earn the money, work very hard, drive the car, buy insurance and even decide which color to paint the walls at home. But one ad in particular caught my eye: It’s about sharing the load (of laundry) and is staunchly feminist amidst all the clutter about “ma ke […]
Christmas in India is mainly celebrated by 25 million Christians – under 3 percent of the population. But in recent years, the festival has become very popular across India’s religious spectrum. For Earth Beat, here’s an essay about how Christmas has changed in the last 30 years.
A piece I did on Mumbai’s kitten conundrum aired on TSWI this week. “In a city teeming with millions who live in poverty, why would anybody care about stray kittens?” If you know me, you also know that I do. Here’s my essay.
A piece I did on how Mumbai is lawfully almost entirely a silence zone and what noise we face every day. You can listen to the piece along with a reaction to it and other companion pieces from around the globe …
A commentary I did for Radio Netherlands about dirt, germs, and our growing national obsession with hand sanitizer… you can listen to just my piece (click to hear, right click to download and save to your computer) or you can listen to the whole show online, including reactions to how I ‘exemplified the extremes of […]
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