W is for writers

W is for writers, specifically Indian writers. I asked my Facebook peeps to suggest their favorite Indian writers. The answers were enlightening. Expats living in India suggested authors like Salman Rushdie, Amitav Ghosh, and Arundhati Roy, while Indians suggested Jhumpa Lahiri, Chetan Bhagat, Amish Tripathi, and Ashwin Sanghi. Of course, I have my own favorite Indian … Continue Reading ››

T is for toilets

In my flat in Mumbai, I have three bathrooms. These bathrooms make us among Mumbai's most privileged residents. My driver and my maid each have only one bathroom in their homes. This single bathroom makes them among Mumbai's most fortunate citizens. Many Mumbaikers don't have access to even the most basic toilet facilities. Every day, in Mumbai's … Continue Reading ››

S is for the sign of peace

Every Sunday, as part of the celebration of Mass, Catholics around the world offer each other the sign of peace. This ritual occurs immediately after the Our Father and before the Lamb of God.
The priest says "Peace be with you." The congregation responds, "And, with your spirit."
This response used to be "And, also with you," but … Continue Reading ››