Deepak Singh is 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
He has written for print and radio, including outlets such as the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, and NPR, and he’s a frequent contributor to PRI’s The World.
Born and raised in Lucknow, India, he grew up playing cricket on streets, in balconies, on terraces, on rooftops, on any flat surface he could find. He played marbles on the road, flew kites from the rooftops, and cut class to roam around the tall minarets in the historic parts of his hometown. As a young adult, on hot summer days, he bicycled around town in the early hours of the mornings and spent entire days in the only air-conditioned library he could find.
Pressured by his parents to find some direction in his life, he got an MBA, but he was quickly disenchanted by the corporate world. While finding his way, he taught economics at a high school, English language to medical doctors and school teachers before he landed a radio gig with the BBC World Service. He has been making radio and writing ever since.