Monthly archive November, 2012

Is my pronunciation wrong?

“Is my pronunciation wrong?” the lady wanted to know. And I thought: What did it matter whether she had got the pronunciation right or wrong? ┬áLike many Americans who travel the world and are none the wiser for it, she Read More →

Let it Be, No One To Depend On

Listening to “Let It Be”, a song with a fascinating history behind it–followed a dream in which Paul McCartney’s deceased mother, Mary, appeared and told him not to worry about the Beatles’ slow breakup. Details which enrich the song for Read More →

Healthier than a Cheeseburger, with Hundreds of Laughs

Calling all lovers of political and general humor, humor with bite, those who are reasonably well-informed and equally comfortable with THE DAILY SHOW with Jon Stewart and SOUTH PARK, with its occasional f-words and subversive humor. THE EMPIRE BITES BACK, Read More →

Welcome to my new website

At last, I have a web site that doesn’t look like Baghdad in 2006. For years, while my web site had good content, I was stuck with a godawful mess of a front page. I have no web design capabilities, Read More →

The joy of watching your 87-year-old father autograph his first book

The joy of watching your 87-year-old father autograph his first book EATEN BY THE JAPANESE is a rare book: a Prisoner of War memoir combined with a father-son story. Many readers have been moved by it. The story is told in my additions to that book, which is now also available Read More →

The Empire Bites Back

The Empire Bites Back is my new collection of humor for those with an anti-colonialist spirit and who are looking for Politically Incorrect Humor from an Indian Writer partially colonized by the American Empire, and yet without having lost some Read More →


The Revised Kama Sutra could be the story of your life . . . Its approach to sex is warm, sensitive and very, very funny.

- Business Standard

Indefatigable good humor transcends the personal to stand for the contradictions of India as a whole. Considerable charm.

- Publishers Weekly, USA

[Eaten by the Japanese is] a tale of unmitigated horror. A handsome tribute to a man of courage and rectitude.

- Khushwant Singh

I salute you as a full-fledged colleague. Yes, I am reading you and finding you very funny!

- Kurt Vonnegut

Absolutely spectacular . . .a hilarious novel, full of wit and glib language, with a whole lot of compassion thrown in.

- Afternoon Despatch & Courier