India in Monsoon Season

Want to have an incredible trip to India? When I went on an important work trip to the subcontinent in September, my dear friend Deb decided to join me the adventure – which coincided with the worst monsoon season India has seen in a decade. Anyone can have fun in stellar conditions, but have you…

Taking a Back Seat to Delhi

I had one overarching and recurring thought while I was stuck in traffic on Delhi’s roads Tuesday: Thank goodness I don’t have diarrhea. I must note that needing to use the bathroom — urinate, that is — doesn’t seem to be a problem for men on any street in India. They just pull over, pull…

Tenzing is Settled in Mumbai Now

Less than 72 hours after landing in Dubai from the USA, I got on a plane again. I must have had a very good reason to do so, right? I did. My beloved agent and friend, Priya Doraswamy, is celebrating the 5th Anniversary of her literary agency, Lotus Lane Lit. She’d had a party in…

A Failure of Imagination

There is no phrase more uninspired than “I can’t imagine.” Yet this useless utterance makes frequent appearances, especially on Facebook, in response to people undergoing great difficulty. The phrase — also invoked when face to face with someone in dire straits — has the regrettable result of shutting down communication altogether. I’m concerned about the feelings of my friends who have lost loved ones and are…

The Bercaws Arrive in India, Again

Dears, The Hindu Newspaper, started in 1878 as a weekly, became a daily in 1889 and since then has steadily grown to the circulation of 15,58,379 copies. Today’s print and online edition features a very well-written story by journalist S. Ravi about Brain in a Jar, which has just launched in India. Will 15 million…

Hooray for Bollywood!

Dears, Big news! Great news! Brain in a Jar publishing rights for the Indian Subcontinent have been sold to Fingerprint Press in Delhi. What does that mean, exactly, you ask? Here, I translate: BIAJ will come out in the English Language, in paperback, for audiences in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan,  Pakistan, Myanmar, Bhutan,…