My New Book

Coming in March 2017, University of California Press

From MBA To Minimum Wage – My interview with KERA Think 90.1 FM in North Texas

Deepak Singh moved from India to the U.S. with an advanced degree – so he was surprised when he was only able to land a low-paying job. He…

An Indian immigrant’s US journey ‘from MBA to minimum wage’ – PRI’s The World

In his new book “How May I Help You? An Immigrant’s Journey from MBA to Minimum Wage,” Deepak Singh writes about what it was like to arrive in…

At Indian restaurant in Brunswick, Maine transplant finds a taste of home

I stood there inhaling the aroma and thinking how it was funny that growing up in India, I was surrounded by such smells no matter where I went:…

Radio Garden Lets You Tune Into A World Of Global Broadcasts

Before my family bought a television set, it was radio that I stayed glued to. I must have been 10 years old, or maybe 9. My grandfather, uncle…

He’s lived in small towns across America — and it makes him look for pieces of home – PRI

“I don’t crave hot samosas, or the Hindi language or India every single day, but every time I move to another small, nondescript, town in the US, I…

Today’s air of intolerance reminds me of my grandmother – PRI

“When writer Deepak Singh was growing up in India, his grandmother always wanted to know his friends’ names so she could determine their caste, and judge them based…

Why Pedestrians In India Need To Be Very, Very Cautious – NPR

“My mother is very bitter about the traffic in general in India. She often says, “If you want to commit suicide, just go take a walk on a…

My friend, the bookseller of Lucknow

Every year when I go back to Lucknow to visit my family, one of the people I look forward to seeing is Mr. Ram Advani. Having a conversation…

My American donut habit has followed me home to India

I have a sweet tooth, I admit it. Growing up in India, my mother always made great sugary snacks.I loved them so much that sometimes I’d go for…

Musings: Kathak, Bharatanatyam—or Ballet?

When DEEPAK SINGH took his 6-year-old daughter to India, he hoped that she’d get interested in Indian traditions and culture, like dance. Instead, what she remembers from her…

I forgot the art of showering in cold water – PRI

On my recent trip to India, I relived the old days by bathing in cold water. I was staying with my parents, and they have a small water…

The ‘Tourist’ – nytimes

A few weeks ago, while visiting my parents in Lucknow, India, I decided to go out and take pictures of the sights in the city. I lived there…

You’ve Got Dung! Amazon Is Delivering Cow Pies In India – NPR

When I was a child growing up in India, once every year my father took my two siblings, my mother and me to the village where he grew…

Aziz Ansari’s Show Gives Me Pause About Being An Indian Dad In America – NPR

Aziz Ansari and I both look Indian, but there is a difference of day and night in our upbringing. He was born in an American hospital, and I…

In India, condom ads are everywhere, but you can’t talk openly about sex – PRI

The other day I was walking around the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor and I stumbled on a store that looked interesting. I opened the door…

I wanted the flashy electric lights for Diwali, but my dad wanted the boring oil lamps – PRI

Every year, just a few days before Diwali, I would have an argument with my father. I wanted the flashing, multicolored string of electric lights; he insisted on the boring…

What’s In A Namaste? Depends If You Live In India Or The U.S. – NPR

  The author grew up in India, where namaste was a way of saying hello — respectfully — to his elders. In America’s yoga culture, he’s found, it…

How to bond with your dentist – The Boston Globe

A tooth repair spans two continents nine months, and a rotating cast of dentists. Source: How to bond with your dentist – The Boston Globe

‘Thank You’ in Hindi and English Mean Very Different Things – The Atlantic

  In America, saying thank you is routine, sometimes meaningless. In India, it can be insulting. Source: ‘Thank You’ in Hindi and English Mean Very Different Things –…