Book of Songs

THE FALL OF 2015. Sweden. A small boat harbor. A little bit of time and space. Me, my writing stuff. A couple of black pens and an empty grid notebook. The big idea was to go and discover about ‘uncertainty’. I mean, it was pretty open-ended. Sure it was. That was the point of it. […]

A Punjabi story

AN UNLIKELY CONNECTION, but a powerful one. I have a lot to share about the conversations that began in virtual space and grew, and bloomed, into a remarkable collaboration. Here’s a hint. A Punjabi-language magazine. A place for people to come and learn and write and make space to discover, and co-discover. (Was I reading […]

Imagine

THINGS ARE MOVING in a new direction. Isn’t that always how it is, though? If this were a letter, it would be to the people who had been reading the Kismuth e-letters, which I remember sending probably too often from the year I started Kismuth, 2012. I have stopped sending them, more or less. I […]

How I started ‘The Village Report’

AFTER THE STORY ENDS you think you have a way to talk about what happened. The good stuff, the road, the sharing, the journey. You try to do this in a way that’s cohesive and consistent. You put things into 750-word columns for someone somewhere on the other side of the world, whom you hope […]

June 23, this.

  THIRTY YEARS AGO ON JUNE 23. That’s when it happened. The things that I want to tell you more about. The event that I alluded to when NPR host Frank Stasio asked me about it in this interview. The event I shared about at TEDx Raleigh, too. The airplane. The friend who ‘didn’t come […]

3 decades on, still asking, ‘What if?’

THIRTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH. That’s when it happened. The things that I want to tell you more about. The event that I alluded to when NPR host Frank Stasio asked me about it in this interview. The airplane. The friend who ‘didn’t come back.’ What happened, why did it happen, what if it hadn’t […]