CHIANG MAI, Thailand—To say the north of Thailand differs from the south is one of the most obvious observations you can make about this country. And by “south,” I mean Bangkok and the surrounding plains and the close-by islands. I’ve not had the pleasure of going to the Deep South of Thailand. Chiang Mai,, Read More

MUMBAI–Apologies to Suketu Mehta, but is there a city ever described with more contradictory superlatives than Mumbai, formerly Bombay? I am overwhelmed by its size, it’s energy, smells, poverty, wealth, generosity, and numbing and cruel disdain all at once. It’s a marked contrast to my last few weeks, which saw me chilling out in Hyderabad,, Read More

I’ve now been in India for about six weeks, and I’ve come to realize that much of what has happened up to this point—fleeing Pakistan, leaving Reuters, landing in New Delhi—has been mostly prologue for The Big Journey that I’ve decided to undertake. It probably sounds strange to think of India—a teeming, continent-sized rising, Read More

I’ve spent about three weeks in Delhi now, and love it. It’s a great city, with tremendous energy, good food and a very optimistic feel about the future. But I’ve been hesitant to write too much because this is my first trip to India for any meaningful amount of time, and I’m loathe to, Read More

39000 FEET ABOVE PAKISTAN, ON EMIRATES FLIGHT 516 TO NEW DELHI—And so, it begins. This is going to be my last plane trip for quite a while, if I can help it. And it marks a fundamental closure of a difficult and tumultuous chapter in my life, but it also marks the beginning of, Read More