Lessons On Life Spoken In a Soothing Indian Accent

Podcast Episode 5: How Barack Obama Guided Me Through My Citizenship Oath Ceremony

I was nervous while climbing the steps of the Brooklyn courthouse for my American citizenship ceremony. But then I saw a photo of President Barack Obama. Here’s how he guided me through one of the most important days of my life.

Lessons On Life Spoken In a Soothing Indian Accent

Podcast Episode 2: Promotions at Work

These are questions that are top of mind for every Indian immigrant — and many citizens — in America. Why is a promotion so important? Should it really be that important? And if you’re trying for promotion, but matters aren’t working out, what should you do? Learn from the examples of Roger Federer and Daniel Tiger how you do the best for you. Transcripts of the episode are available at www.cuttingchai.com


Lessons On Life Spoken In a Soothing Indian Accent

Podcast Episode 1: Assimilation

How can an immigrant get assimilated into a foreign country? All it takes is a citizen willing to reach out. Learn how I got assimilated into America propelled by the disgust of a citizen. Transcripts of the episode are available at http://www.cuttingchai.com

Short Stories

Short Story: Cairo

Here’s a short story I wrote a few years ago called Cairo.

Here’s what the story is all about:

There are some questions that even a private detective cannot answer. Why doesn’t my wife talk to me? Why does she spend all her time following the Arab Spring on the Internet? And did she leave me only three days after the wedding?

Kabir — Lucknow’s most successful sleuth — is grappling with all of these questions, when a client asks him to track down a missing cat called Luna. When Kabir sets out in the cat’s pursuit, he hits upon a startling revelation about life and love.

You can read the story on Smashwords or via the pdf below.

Download (PDF, 91KB)

Antisocial/Indian Psycho -- Reviews

Possibly Complimentary Reviews for Indian Psycho in Le Monde, Figaro and revue Sang-Froid

My book Antisocial was translated into French by Asphalte Editions. 

I don’t speak the language — so I am not entirely sure these are positive reviews. But I’ll take the word of my talented editor. She assured me that these reviews are cause for happiness.

You can buy Antisocial here (English) Or Indian Psycho here (French)

Le Monde des livres

revue Sang-Froid


Antisocial/Indian Psycho -- Reviews

A Review of Antisocial by a Writer I Greatly Admire

This is a review of my novel Antisocial by Jai Arjun Singh, who hosts the always insightful blog Jabberwock.

To quote:

“So this thriller is, in part, a comment on a world where privacy and anonymity are always fading. But overemphasising that aspect of the story might mean treating Clarkson as a cipher and ignoring his very particular qualities. He quotes the Buddha often (not just when he wants to torture listeners) and wears T-shirts advertising his beliefs, but we can tell from the start that something is off, that a time-bomb is ticking away. He reminded me a little of the protagonist of Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho — a bonafide psychopath or someone with a rich inner life using fantasy to cope with the moral decay around him. Notwithstanding his name, he also has some of the markers of a modern-day Karna, the Mahabharata anti-hero, who is mentioned in the book: full of anger because of his inability to belong, lashing out at the world while simultaneously trying to fit into it, using skill with weaponry to carve out a place for himself.

This is a suspenseful narrative, its urgency growing as Clarkson’s potential victims — including the one person who is genuinely sympathetic to him, a girlfriend named Michelle — drift in and out of view, and as his encounters with a sceptical detective become edgier. The prose is somewhat clunky in places (“I stepped on the staircase. It had been lying undisturbed. Now, it resented being woken up. It creaked and complained with a long, drawn-out sound”), but I couldn’t always tell if this was a shortcoming or a way of conveying Clarkson’s solemn awkwardness — whichever the case, the voice does fit the character.”

If you want, you can buy Antisocial here.