Books. History. Food, Tea. Etc.
I started out as a feature writer at The Sunday Times of India in Mumbai and, a decade or so later, ended up as Books Editor and a Senior Editor in charge of the Feature section. I subsequently moved to the US, where I now review books for NPR and freelance for several publications including the New Yorker.com, Paris Review Daily, Harper's.com, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Economist.com, and The Guardian.
I've been invited to guest lecture at the University of Tennessee's Journalism School and talk to various groups on the historical aspects of tea, since I contribute regularly to NPR's Tea Tuesday column.
A few years ago I was selected for a Gabriel Garcia Márquez Cultural Fellowship and spent two marvelous weeks in Colombia retracing the footsteps of one of my literary heroes.