The Pakistani Man who Flew the Indian Flag

A Pakistani man named Umar Draz was arrested recently for hoisting the Indian flag on his roof. According to a Reuters report, Draz has been charged under the Pakistan Penal Code and could face up to 10 years in prison for what police describe as an “anti-state” act and what I describe as a “cool-dude” […]

More Clothes in Our House? No Thanks

My younger daughter, Divya, wants to buy a sweater for a member of our household. This household member does not usually wear clothes around the house and doesn’t seem the least bit embarrassed about it. She is the only female in our house who routinely gets away with lying on her back in the middle […]

Chennai Residents Bounce Back From Floods

The floodwaters in Chennai have finally subsided, thankfully. Watching the TV news reports, all I could do was shake my head and wonder what it would be like to have so much rain that your entire city turns into a lake. I couldn’t imagine how people dealt with the water, so I decided to call […]

Giving a Boost to Donald Trump

It was a curious sight, three Mexican-American men standing outside the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., all wearing business suits and sombreros. José Rivera, the leader of the group, kept glancing at his watch, while Gabriel Santos and Miguel Avila looked at their phones. “Are you sure no one else is coming?” Rivera asked. […]

Last ‘Punch’ of the Dearly Departed

Years ago, obituaries in newspapers contained just the usual run-of-the-mill details: name and age of the deceased; occupation, accomplishments and hobbies; a long list of survivors; and funeral arrangements. Now and then, you’d spot something interesting  in an obituary, such as the fact that a man loved his favorite hockey team, Toronto Maple Leafs, so […]

Please Don’t Give Me a Participation Trophy

A football player named James Harrison recently expressed his opposition to participation awards after his two sons, aged 6 and 8, returned home from a sports camp with trophies. “While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do . . . these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real […]

Someone Needs to Investigate the National Spelling Bee

The National Spelling Bee was once again won by not one but two Indian-American contestants. Yes, for the second year in a row, the world’s most popular spelling competition ended in a tie. The organizers exhausted all the words in the English language, even words borrowed from languages spoken in Latvia, Burundi, Mongolia, Papua New […]

Save Your Brain, Wear a Helmet

It’s illegal to drive a motorcycle or scooter without wearing a helmet in India, but you wouldn’t know that from watching all the two-wheelers on the road. Only a few people wear helmets, the ones who have decided that their brains are worth saving. The rest just shrug and say, “What are the chances I’ll […]

India’s Economic Boom During Cricket World Cup

Cricket is the No. 1 sport in India by a wide margin. In fact, if you were to rank the popularity of sporting events in India, it would be something like this: (1) men’s cricket; (2) boy’s cricket; (3) women’s cricket; (4) wheelchair cricket; and (5) monkeys trained to play cricket. It shouldn’t be surprising, […]

Never Too Old to Impress a Young Fan

My 8-year-old son, Rahul, can’t get enough of the Beatles. He never tires of listening to their music, much to the dismay of his 11-year-old sister, Divya. She groans whenever he plays “Hey Jude,” “Let it be” or another of their many hits from the ’60s and ’70s on our car stereo or other device. […]