Somini Sengupta - Hope & Fury
Akaash and I are in way over our heads as went to the United Nations to interview the Bureau Chief for the New York Times, Somini Sengupta. Somini has been a journalist for over 20 years and has been the Bureau Chief for the Times covering South Asia, Western, and Central Africa all before ending up at the UN. She generously took time after a huge vote to talk to us about her latest book End of Karma: Hope and Fury among India’s Young, as well as her journey from being born in India, to growing up in Canada, to college in the US, to going back to India to work. Her journey allows her to share the unique aspect of inhabiting each of the identity spaces with which we so often talk about being in conflict. It is a powerful discussion that goes so far as to even question the very concept of the East/West construct. Akaash and I were taken to school, and I gotta admit, it was beautiful.