Why Should Immigrants ‘Respect Our Borders’? The West Never Respected Theirs

Op-Ed arguing for immigration as reparations in The New York Times, June 7, 2019

This Land is Their Land

Article on migrants and immigration in America in Foreign Policy, September/October 2017 issue.

Go East, Young American

Opinion piece on emigration from America in The New York Times’ Sunday Review, April 21, 2017.

Why Japan is big on the little things

Feature on the detail-oriented beauty of Japan’s culture in Conde Nast Traveller India, March 3, 2017

Queens of the Stoned Age

Feature story about NYC’s most fabulous weed delivery ring in GQ, February 14, 2017

Can a Bombay Strongman Explain Trump?

Op-Ed about understanding Donald Trump through understanding Bal Keshav Thackeray, “who rode to power on a wave of outrageous stories, bluster, lies, bigotry and showmanship” in the New York Times, January 6, 2017

Beyond the maximum: cities may be booming, but who’s invited to the party?

Article on who’s included and who’s excluded in the building of a great city for The Guardian, November 30, 2015

City of our blighted future

Article on contemporary Mumbai for India Today, October 28, 2015

The wild and explosive TnT

Travel article on Trinidad and Tobago, Condé Nast Traveller International (originally appeared in October-November issue of Condé Nast Traveller India), August 3, 2015

Papad: At the short end of Bombay’s boom-to-bust cycle

Essay in The Common, May 7, 2015


Essay in Harper’s Magazine, December 2014 issue

Kannada writer Ananthamurthy loved whiskey and a good argument

Tribute to U. R. Ananthamurthy, Scroll.in, Aug 23, 2014

Pearls of Regret: ‘Bombay Stories’ by Saadat Hasan Manto

Book Review in the Sunday Book Review, The New York Times, May 8, 2014

What Are Parents Being Pushy About?

Op-Ed on parents, teaching and schooling in America for The New York Times, February 10, 2014

The ‘Tiger Mom’ Superiority Complex

Essay on the “new racism” for Time Magazine, February 3, 2014

In the Violent Favelas of Brazil
Essay on the reformation of Brazilian favelas for The New York Review of Books, August 15, 2013

Life in the Cellar
Article on illegal basements in New York City for The Nation, April 18, 2013

India’s Speech Impediments
Op-Ed piece on freedom of speech in India for The New York Times, February 5, 2013

India’s War on Its Women
Op-Ed piece on rape crisis in New Delhi for Time Magazine, January 14, 2013

Why Money Can’t Buy an Election
Essay on U.S. presidential election for India Today, November 9, 2012

Sea and be seen
Article on Trinidad and Tobago for Condé Nast Traveller, October/November, 2012

Yoga, American Style
Article on yoga for The New York Times, January 12, 2012

The Outsider
Exclusive interview with Raj Rajaratnam for Newsweek, October 23, 2011

The Asylum Seeker
Article about asylum-seekers embellishing their stories in The New Yorker, August, 2011

The City: New York
Essay on immigration in New York for Newsweek, May 15, 2011

A Cloud Still Hangs Over Bhopal
Op-Ed piece on the 25th anniversary of the Bhopal gas disaster for The New York Times, December 2, 2009

What They Hate About Mumbai
Op-Ed piece on Mumbai terror attacks for The New York Times, November 28, 2008

The terrorists attacked my city because of its wealth
Essay on Mumbai terror attacks for The Guardian, November 27, 2008

The New Faces of America
Article on immigrant networks for Forbes, May 7, 2007

A Big Stretch
Op-Ed piece on yoga for The New York Times, May 7, 2007

Sonia Gandhi
Profile for the Time 100, May 3, 2007

Lush Life
Article on the Caribbean for Condé Nast Traveler, July 2006

So the Jains, They Have a Problem with Beef in the School Lunches? Who They Gonna Call?
Article about immigrant power broker Alex Martins for The New York Times, October 2, 2005

The Great Awakening
Article about Brooklyn for The New York Times, June 19, 2005

Welcome to Bollywood
Article about Bollywood for National Geographic, February 2005

‘Now We Hate Seeing This Sea’
Commentary on the tsunami disaster for The Wall Street Journal, December 28, 2004

Future on display in ‘Maximum City’
Op-Ed on India for The Baltimore Sun, November 28, 2004

Bollywood Confidential
Essay on Bollywood for The New York Times Magazine, November 14, 2004

Peace in Paradise
Essay on Sri Lanka for Condé Nast Traveler, July 2004

A Fatal Love
A talk on Partition for the Center for the Study of Developing Societies, January 2004

The Meltingest Pot
Article about the Calloway Château in Queens for The New York Times Magazine, October 05, 2003

Runaway:a chronicle of metropolitan transience
Essay on a Bombay runaway for Seminar, August, 2003

Stuck in the Middle in a Very High Place
Review of Samrat Upadhyay’s The Guru of Love for The New York Times Book Review, January 12, 2003

Big Apple tastes better in the dark
Essay on the Great New York Blackout of 2003 for Indian Express, August 16, 2003

Gangsters in Exile
Article on Bombay gangsters for Time Magazine, April 29, 2002