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P C Mathur

Prakash, nicknamed 'Titi' by his dadi and called 'PC' by his friends, is a Rajasthan University faculty pensioner with a continuing passion for academic activity 'To see Rajasthan better, To make Rajasthan better.' He lives in Jaipur with his wife Shashi and daughter Sfoorti.

Anjali Korde

Anjali, who studied child development in India, came to the U.S. after she married Arvind. A proud mother of three sons, she is an accomplished crafts person. Her main passions are knitting, painting, and creating 'memory books' for various family members.

H A S Jafri

Called Hasan Mian at home and Jafri by his friends, Dr. Jafri was born in Jaipur, has roots in Agra, and was married in Hyderabad. He worked at Aligarh Muslim University in various capacities, and retired as Member, Rajasthan Public Service Commission. He lives in Jaipur with his wife.

Manjula Mathur

Manjula, an Indian Defence Accounts Service officer, grew up in many different cantonment towns, her father being an Indian Army doctor. She lives in Mumbai with her husband, two children and two boisterous dogs.

Malati Shah

Malati, an artist, currently divides her time between Shimla, Delhi and Washington D.C. This piece on her dadi is from her as yet unpublished memoir, where it appears in a slightly different format.

Pamela Mathur

Pamela grew up in UP and Chandigarh; she has a B.A. in Music and an M.A. in English Literature. She lives in Pune with her husband, Ashok.

Sheila Jagannathan

Sheila is a technology education specialist at the World Bank, which she joined after several years of work in the private sector. She lives in a suburb of Washington, D.C. with her husband Vijay and two sons. Her interests include reading, travelling, and volunteer work.

Anupam Dasgupta

Anupam taught Physics for two years and now lives with his wife Anju in Delhi. They both work for the Central Government.

Anjali Kumar

Anjali grew up in Delhi and attended the Delhi School of Economics. She was later an Inlaks scholar at Cambridge, UK. She is an economist at the World Bank, Washington, D.C., and is married with two daughters.

Janaki Suvarathan

Janaki lives in New Delhi with her husband, who is a senior civil servant. They are kept company by Skippitaro, their dog. Having spent the major part of their married life in the Himalayas, both of them are looking forward to their retired life in Kerala. They have two daughters, Uthara and Aparna, who are into Archaeology and Neurobiology, respectively.

Bunty Chand

Bunty grew up in Dehra Dun, is married and lives with her husband and two children in Mumbai. She and her husband have lived in the U.S., Philippines, Hong Kong and Singapore. After a long career in the corporate world, Bunty now works for a not-for-profit organization.

Pushpalatha Murthy

Pushpa lived in different parts of India before completing her high school in Delhi. She went to IIT for her Masters, came to the U.S. for her PhD, and is now a professor. She lives in Houghton, Michigan with her husband and two children.


Savita Khanna

Savita, a postgraduate, got married at twenty. A proud homemaker, mother of two children, and a loving wife, she lives with her husband in Lucknow. She likes travelling, reading religious books, listening to music and spiritual discourses, and playing tabla.

Nirmala Banerjee

An Army brat', Nirmala lived all over India, and delighted in its then pristine forests, full of wild animals and birds, and majestic rivers and mountains. She enjoys books, music and travel, and lives in the U.S. with her husband, two children and a dog.

Brinda Sachdev

Brinda, a practising nutritionist, lives in a suburb of Detroit, USA with her husband Anil and their three children. She finished her schooling from Loreto House, Calcutta, and then got her Masters in Nutrition and Food Science from Delhi University.

Anil K Sachdev

A graduate in metallurgical engineering from Banaras Hindu University, Anil has a PhD in Materials Science from MIT, and is a research scientist with General Motors R&D Centre in Detroit, USA.

Fiona Shrikhande

Fiona Shrikhande was born in Edinburgh, U.K., and grew up in various cities across India and Europe. After working for 25 years, she currently does what she pleases and lives in Washington D.C. with her husband Arun Adarkar.

Neelam Sihag

Neelam, a practising psychiatrist, lives in Boston with her husband Balbir. They have two daughters, Swati, who is married and works in New York, and Smita, a medical student. A family-oriented woman, Neelam misses the hustle-bustle of family life in India.

Abhay Kothari

Abhay, an Ahmedabad-based developmental communication expert, is a founder-member and head of Manthan, an NGO that designs tools for science popularisation, micro-entrepreneurship development and the environment. He has designed materials for the worlds longest running science-related radio serial.

Serena Mehra

Serena grew up around Delhi, where she worked in the travel and banking industry. She now lives in a suburb of Washington, D.C. with her husband Vinay and sons Sahil and Raghav, and helps her Delhi-based cousins in their leather export business.

Jyothsna Mody

An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology and Boston University, Jyothsna Mody now lives in a suburb of Washington, D.C. with her husband, Ashoka, and children, Krishnan and Lakshman.

R C Mody

R. C. Mody, whose son, Ashoka, and daughter-in-law, Jyothsna, are also contributors to this book, retired as a senior Reserve Bank of India official. He is now about 80, and remembers the value of a rupee from his youth. He lives in New Delhi with his wife.

Ashoka Mody

Ashoka Mody, an economist with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), graduated from IIT, Chennai, and then went to the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram and Boston University. He lives in a suburb of Washington, D.C. with his wife Jyothsna and two sons.