When one of America’s best-selling crime writers joins forces with one of India’s best writers, the results are bound to take readers on a thrill ride through the city of Mumbai. From Marine Drive to Andheri and all parts in between, James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi showcase the energy of the Maximum City in Private … Continue Reading ››
Catching the Departed by Kulpreet Yadav was shortlisted for the DNA-Hachette “Hunt for the Next Bestseller” prize. This book placed in the top 20 out of 300 entries received, but did not win. The book tells the story of Andy Karan, former Indian Army captain turned investigative journalist. Andy is an Indian James Bond with … Continue Reading ››
Recently, @NoEndToBooks tweeted a list of books to consider reading with your tween. The list originally appeared in the Christian Science Monitor as a potential antidote to YA fiction offerings like The Fault in Our Stars. The writer encourages families to read the classics together. Reading … Continue Reading ››
In which Brian builds a bookshelf, and Jean re-reads the timeless children’s classic, The Poky Little Puppy When Brian and I moved to Mumbai, we each sacrificed some things we cherished. He put his Harley in storage and sold 90% of his tools. My sacrifices included my two custom-built (by Brian), seven-foot-tall, absolute-pain-in-the-neck-to-move, barely-fits-through-the-doorway, much-loved, oak, … Continue Reading ››
While in Philly, I stayed with my 95-year-old grandmother for a couple of days. I last saw her at her 90th birthday party. The change over the last five years is dramatic, if only because so much time has passed. The subtle, gradual, daily changes no one mentions seem stark after so much time away. … Continue Reading ››
What I learned from the A to Z challengeWell, the A to Z challenge is finally over! Thanks for sticking with me through it all! I hope you learned a little about communication, culture, and current events here in Mumbai, India. Participating in the challenge for 30 days enabled me … Continue Reading ››
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 ››
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 ››
Imagine a city with a land area slightly smaller than New Orleans. Now, fill New Orleans with about 13 million people. That's Mumbai.
Editor's note: 13 million is the official estimate. Most unofficial estimates are closer to 20 million.With a population density of about 56,000 people … Continue Reading ››
Oath of the Vayuputras is the third part of Amish Tripathi's Shiva Trilogy. The trilogy tells the story of Shiva and his family, including his wife Sita and his sons Ganesh and Karthik. The books recount Shiva's rise as the Neelkanth (the blue-throated one) and his ultimate victory over evil. Released in 2013, Oath of … Continue Reading ››