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.
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.
Indian-American writer Deepak Singh wondered how much his lighter-skinned daughter understood about race. Turns out, more than he realized.
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.
For Indian-American writer Deepak Singh, Diwali in India was a time for getting new clothes, eating sweets and arguing with his father over Diwali lights.
Deepak Singh lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but he says train travel in the US just doesn't compare with the pleasure of taking the train in his home country, India. For one thing, there's the food.
When Indian-American writer Deepak Singh went home to India this summer, he ate what felt like a year's worth of mithai — Indian sweets. But along the way, he realized that they're more than just sugary treats.
People in India have had to adapt to the country's notoriously unreliable electricity. Deepak Singh is staying with his parents in Lucknow for the summer, where he has relearned how to live without the promise of sustained power.
The Hindu festival Raksha Bandhan is a celebration of brothers and sisters. This year, Indian-American writer Deepak Singh feels lucky to be able to celebrate with his sister back home in India.