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My Holmesian Adventure

It was a bright warm day in June, and the clocks were striking eighteen. The plan was in place, the game was afoot. The office party allowed me to slip out after half an hour of eating and mingling. As I rushed out the door, I formulated Sherlockian routes, time-optimized, of the New York City subway.… Continue reading My Holmesian Adventure

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Persepolis, Iran

Marji is 10 at the time of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. She loves Michael Jackson and hates the veil and can't fathom why her friends from last year have to study separately now because they are boys. They said something about "decadence". She also knows that she's destined to become the first female Prophet of Islam.… Continue reading Persepolis, Iran

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The Bastard of Istanbul, Turkey

The book is as arresting and temerarious as its title. Zehlia is a pierced, mini-skirted and high-heeled rebel living in Istanbul. With unconscious misconceptions about a Muslim-majority country in the Middle East, I was surprised that Turkey is a secular, democratic republic. Its ethos is oddly similar to India. It's difficult for a religious, diverse country to strive to… Continue reading The Bastard of Istanbul, Turkey

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Love in the Time of Cholera, Colombia

How long is "forever" in an impassioned adolescent declaration of love? What does "forever" mean at 70, when faced with the grim cognizance of one's mortality? Colombian Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dares to suggest that a vow of "eternal fidelity and everlasting love" could be honoured in Love in the Time of Cholera. The scenes in the book are… Continue reading Love in the Time of Cholera, Colombia


Interpreter of Maladies, India

Jhumpa Lahiri's Pulitzer Prize winning collection of short stories was a fascinating throwback to the time I lived in Calcutta. After having been in close contact with Bengali culture, I quite enjoyed the vignettes in the book. The food, the societal norms, the connection to Calcutta were all evocative of a different life, a half-remembered memory.… Continue reading Interpreter of Maladies, India