I’m a writer, based out of Pondicherry, in South India. My non-fiction book, India Becoming: A Portrait of Life in Modern India, was published in 2012 by Penguin. A French and Marathi edition are forthcoming.

I’ve also written for The AtlanticThe EconomistGrantaThe New York Times ,  The New Yorker, and Outlook, among other places. I used to write a fortnightly “Letter from India” column for the International Herald Tribune and the online edition of  The New York Times.

I got a bachelor’s degree at Harvard University (in Social Anthropology), and a DPhil (as a Rhodes Scholar) at Nuffield College, Oxford University. The DPhil was in the law faculty, and was on the use of technology in development. In another life, I consulted a lot in this field, researching and writing reports for, among other places, UNDP, The Markle Foundation, Network Dynamics Associates, Iomemo Technologies, and so on. Some of this work is online (see, for example, a Primer on Internet Governance I prepared for UNDP).

You can follow my writing by joining my page at Facebook, or of course by visiting this site regularly. Please contact me if you’d like to comment on any of my writing, or if you have any ideas for good stories. I like to write on issues related to economic development and its accompanying social and cultural transformations, but I also write about travel, literature, and anything else that seems interesting.