Deepak Singh is a regular contributor to PRI's The World.
Deepak Singh is a writer, radio producer and journalist. He has written for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Atlantic and NPR. He's the author of two books: Chasing America: Of Lollipops, Night Clubs and Ferocious Dogs and How May I Help You? An Immigrant's Journey from MBA to Minimum Wage.
Deepak Singh lived in Charlottesville when he first came to the US. Though he had an MBA and years of experience as a journalist, he found himself working retail, where he learned a lot about America.
Deepak Singh remembers excruciating moments watching TV with his family in India when a condom ad came on the screen.
India has its own versions of international foods, like pizza and burgers. And those are some of the dishes that I miss now that I live in the US.
He is grateful, but even at a cookout, he wonders: What is it to be an American? What was it to be an Indian? Why must the labels be so exclusive?
Holi is a Hindu festival in northern India that celebrates the coming of spring on the lunar calendar. Celebrants spray each other with colors. It can get pretty raucous. Indian-American writer Deepak Singh remembers Holi as a kid in Lucknow, and thinks about what it would be like to celebrate at his current home, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
When Deepak Singh first arrived in the United States, the memory of a prized portable radio brought him to RadioShack, the store that produced his beloved set. He ended up taking a sales job there, an unlikely position that gave him an unexpected view of America.
Deepak Singh grew up in India listening to his parents needle each other about their beliefs, and it left him confused over what to think about religion.
What happens when you travel back and forth between your home country and your adopted one? For Indian-American writer Deepak Singh, it means constant cultural re-adjustment.