Knowledge @ Wharton has been one of my most satisfying journalistic experiences. My editor, Mukul Pandya, sits in Philadelphia at the Wharton School. He has taken chances on me and allowed me to write pieces that aren’t an obvious fit for a business publication but ended up getting a lot of gratifying feedback for both K@W and for me. I am listing below all the pieces I’ve done for them and will keep adding to this page, and well as upload separate pieces. I start with what I call my magnum opus– the Return to India piece I did for Mukul. To this day, a good three years after the piece was published, I get emails from all over the world, particularly Indians who go through this conflict.
The other pieces are political, business-oriented, and about women– a range of topics that are a journalist’s delight.
Return to India: One Family’s Journey to America and Back
Published: November 01, 2007 in India Knowledge@Wharton
For decades, it was widely assumed that the brightest Indians would go overseas to study and eventually settle there. Today, signs have begun to appear that the tide may be turning. The fact that global companies are setting up operations in India makes it easier for non-resident Indians to return home, often while remaining with the same employer. Indian students are not leaving the country as eagerly as they once did, and if they do, they go back home much faster because of the attractive professional opportunities there. Others return because they feel they are losing a connection with their past. In this special section, India Knowledge@Wharton offers one family’s experience as a microcosm of the larger trend — Bangalore-based writer Shoba Narayan’s account of her family’s decision to return to India, after living in the U.S. for 20 years.