Keshav Rajpurohit is a tharki asshat, and I hate him: Rage-reading in the age of #metoo

Room 602 somewhere in Philadelphia…12:05 am Eastern Time / 10:05 am India Standard Time I sit in my studio apartment. The dogs snore loudly in their beds. The backlight on my Amazon Kindle glows a light blue. Within moments, she materializes. The Girl in Room 105. She’s mysterious and barely visible on the cover. I … Continue reading Keshav Rajpurohit is a tharki asshat, and I hate him: Rage-reading in the age of #metoo

Branding Bhagat: 5 points about Brand CB and 1 Indian Girl

When the news broke that Chetan Bhagat was being sued for plagiarism, I wasn’t so much shocked as incredulous. In all the reviews, including my own, no one had raised a red flag that One Indian Girl was not a Chetan Bhagat book. Until now. Bhagat’s own history with the film 3 Idiots, however, makes him … Continue reading Branding Bhagat: 5 points about Brand CB and 1 Indian Girl

Understanding Chetan Bhagat’s One Indian Girl on her own terms

After the reviews for One Indian Girl began to pour in, Chiki Sarkar of Juggernaut asked, “Why not review it on its own terms?”  This review is a response to that question. 5 Points Readers Expect from a Chetan Bhagat Novel Like a Harlequin romance, a Chetan Bhagat novel has certain conventions. Both brands are … Continue reading Understanding Chetan Bhagat’s One Indian Girl on her own terms

I am a Chetan Bhagat fan, and I am not an idiot: A 2001-word editorial odyssey

Recently, I was involved in a discussion in a writer’s group about Chetan Bhagat. Unlike most similar discussions, this one did not degenerate into the vitriol that usually happens when Chetan Bhagat is mentioned. In part, because the discussion was not limited to Bhagat himself, but included Amish Tripathi, Durjoy Datta, Ravi Subramanian, and other bestsellers. … Continue reading I am a Chetan Bhagat fan, and I am not an idiot: A 2001-word editorial odyssey

To India, with love from your American sister

I have often said that the true beauty of India isn’t in her monuments, but in her people. That the greatest natural resource at the government’s disposal is India’s people. And, you, the people of India, have the power—the knowledge needed—to douse the fuse that’s been lit. You have the knowledge to solve this problem.

Is Making India Awesome actually awesome?

Regardless of which category you fall into, you have something to learn from this book. Is it a perfect book? Of course not. No book is perfect. But, if you are frustrated by everything you see around you, and you want solutions, then read this book. You don’t have to agree with Bhagat’s solutions. I think he misses the mark in a few places, but at least he gets you thinking about how to solve the problem and not just sit there.

True confessions of a gori writer groupie (Half Girlfriend edition)

I’ve been a gori groupie of Indian writers since I picked up Immortals of the Meluha by Amish almost three years ago. With each novel I’ve read, I’ve learned valuable lessons about how Indians view themselves, their country, and the world. Since August, I’ve been going gaga over the anticipated release of a book called … Continue reading True confessions of a gori writer groupie (Half Girlfriend edition)

How to cure your Indian election hangover

The wait is over. Finally. After 6 weeks, 9 phases, 3 dry days, and more than 550 million votes cast, India finally has a new prime minister: Narendra Modi. Congress conceded defeat around lunch time today. The mood around Mumbai has changed. This afternoon, the vibe feels positive, more energetic than usual. The stock market … Continue reading How to cure your Indian election hangover