Interview with Vikram Seth, published in Atlantic Unbound
The waiter refused to give me my onions; it took a while before I realized this was evidence of a national crisis. A report from Kuilapalayam, published in Atlantic Unbound
She claimed she was a princess, but she seemed more like a defanged tiger, in Rajasthan. Published in Atlantic Unbound
Far from home and lonely, I befriend a drunken cuckold in Sighisoara, Romania. Published in Atlantic Unbound
A report from the state of Kerala, published in The Atlantic Monthly
In Trivandrum, the mellow state capital, which spreads over seven hills, I paid a visit to C. P. Narayan, a prominent member of Kerala’s largest Communist party. His office was opposite the party headquarters, a hideous slab of concrete, like something out of Nicolae Ceausescu’s Bucharest.
A bomb threat puts me in unexpectedly close–and ultimately uncomfortable–proximity to a Pakistani tourist in Istanbul. Published in Atlantic Unbound
I lose to a fat bald man in a tennis tournament on a miserable hot day, in Pondicherry. Published in Atlantic Unbound
Review of Anatomy of Restlessness, by Bruce Chatwin, The Harvard Advocate
I used to think I envied the life Chatwin had lived. On days when the world was heavy and difficult, I imagined a life free from the stifling demands of location. Familiarity breeds contempt; freedom is never to know, nor to be known by, place. Now I know I only envied the life I thought he lived. Chatwin’s was an all-too-common tale of unsatiated desire and escapism.