A month ago I posted two sentences author Suketu Mehta wrote at the end of his book on Bombay, “Maximum City,” anticipating his return to the US:
“Surviving in a modern country involves dealing with an immense amount of paper. He who can stay on top of the paper wins.”
Read the post for how excited I was to read that. You can imagine how excited I was then, when, last Friday night, I had a chance to talk with Mr. Mehta at a small dinner at my friend’s underground Indian supper club here in DC. He was made famous for writing the stories of people both thriving and surviving in one of the world’s densest cities. He and I talked about the stories people tell us. I asked about how to better write those stories.
I highly recommend his new book This Land is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto. It’s about understanding the vast beneficial roles immigrants from all parts of the world play when they leave their country of origin and the reasons why they leave, often at great risk. No matter your current opinions on this controversial topic, there are moving arguments made here that you have never heard before.
I cherish my copy for Mehta’s personal inscription: