Bartender: What would you like to drink? Lakhnavi: Thank you for asking, sir. I'll drink whatever you have yourself. Bartender: Thanks, but I'm serving at the bar. I can't drink while I'm working. Lakhnavi: Then I'll wait until you get done to have my first sip. Bartender: My shift doesn't end until after midnight! So, … Continue reading A Lakhnavi walks into a bar…
Probably because he wants to sell a lot of books. I just finished reading The Elephanta Suite, a book comprised of three long stories - "Monkey Hill", "The Elephant God", and "The Gateway of India". On the surface, the stories deal with Americans transported to India who find themselves in complex situations. Unfortunately, these are … Continue reading Why does Paul Theroux hate India?
On my way back from work, I grabbed the pile of uncollected envelopes and catalogs from the mailbox and headed inside. I quickly sorted through the mail, but one particular package buried inside the others stuck out. It was a small package approximately six inches by four inches with a colorful wrapper. I looked for … Continue reading A bargain
A few years ago, an acquaintance of mine who had arrived in the American Midwest for the first time decided to freshen up by taking a shower in my bathroom. Minutes later, after he came out, I noticed that he was shivering like a skinny, wet cat. Puzzled, I asked him what was wrong. He … Continue reading Wrathroom: the perils of the modern bathroom
After spending close to a week on St Thomas in the Caribbean, I came very close to the possibility of being stranded there for an indefinite period. At the small airport in Charlotte Amalie, a few hours before scheduled takeoff, tourists were camping out for the long-haul as airline staff announced over the public address … Continue reading Psyclone
The American television network channel NBC just started airing a television sitcom called Outsourced about a couple of Americans who move to India to run a call-center full of Indians selling novelty items to clients back home in America. I’ve watched the pilot episode and a few others since then. As you know, I'm a desi. … Continue reading A non-review of NBC’s new sitcom “Outsourced”
I stopped when I saw the title of the book – Lord Vishnu’s Love Handles. On the cover was the picture of a cow with long eyelashes and silver udders. But what finally sold me on it was the turban the cow was wearing. I quickly paid the two dollars penciled on the first page … Continue reading Paper still beats the Kindle in my book.