Freelance Literary Journalist

Books. History. Food. Etc.



When Rudyard Kipling’s Son Went Missing

John Kipling was likely the most widely searched-for soldier of WWI.
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Two great little men

One week after Waterloo, Napoleon turned into Mr. Pickwick
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Death By Coconut

A German vegetarian nudist who ate nothing but coconuts for 16 years.

Barack and the Butterfly

How Barack Obama and his fictional avatar are helping save the endangered Monarch Butterfly
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The Sam Weller Bump

Bigger than the Zuckerberg Bump, the Colbert Bump & the Oprah Bump? The Sam Weller Bump.
The Paris Review Daily Link to Story

The Most Punctual Man in India

Gandhi believed we were trustees of time. To waste it was criminal.
Lapham's Quarterly Link to Story

Auden's 1939 elegy for Yeats set off something beautiful

It linked Yeats, Auden, Eliot, Brodsky, Walcott, Seamus Heaney — and Kafka.
Los Angeles Review of Books Link to Story

A House Divided Against Itself

Dilip Hiro's book The Long August examines the rivalry between India and Pakistan
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Britain's Dalits: the stigma persists

Understanding race in the US through the prism of India's caste system
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A Patron Saint for Occupy Wall Street

The first man to occupy Wall Street was Herman Melville's Bartleby the Scrivner -- in 1853
The New Republic Link to Story

Operation Margarine

George Orwell's strongest memory of WWI? Not the slaughter. But the taste of margarine. Link to Story

García Márquez's cool India Connection

It can be boiled down to three people: A Gandhi, a gypsy, and a Rushdie.
Forbes Life India Link to Story


I began my career as a feature writer at The Times of India in Mumbai. More than a decade later, when I moved to the US, I was Books Editor and a Senior Editor in charge of the Feature section.

From the US, I continued to edit the culture pages of The Times of India Crest edition until the paper closed in 2013.

I now freelance on literature, history and food for several publications including the New, Paris Review Daily, Harper', Los Angeles Review of Books, NPR, Forbes Life India, The, and The Guardian.

My articles have often been featured by prestigious blogs such as the Arts & Letters Daily.

I guest lecture at the University of Tennessee's Journalism School on how to make it as a freelance journalist.

In 2013, I was selected as a Gabriel Garcia Marquez Cultural Fellow and spent two marvelous weeks in Colombia retracing the footsteps of my literary hero.

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