Our very own Dilip D'Souza ('76) will be speaking at the ICC Forum on Oct 17th 2010 (4pm-6pm). It is a FREE FORUM event open to the public and a wonderful opportunity to hear from Dilip on his journey from being a Computer Scientist to taking up his passion of writing for a living.
All you need to do is RSVP at http://www.indiacc.org/DilipD'Souza
Venue : India Community Center
525 Los Coches St.
Milpitas, CA 95035
He will talk about his latest book "Roadrunner: An Indian Quest in
America" among other things. Well known for penning a column about two
young engineers from Kerala who built a dam
in rural Maharashtra and supplied electricity where there was none, which
provided the inspiration for a key segment of the 2004 movie Swades ,it promises to be a wonderful and insightful evening.
More about Dilip :
Dilip D'Souza was educated in Pilani,
Providence, Delhi, Rishi Valley, Bombay, Cambridge, Austin and several
places in between. At BITS,Pilani he completed a BE (Hons) in EEE . He
was once a computer scientist, but now he writes for a living. People
think of that as a major switch, but to Dilip, it seemed almost natural.
Computer science stresses clear thinking, reason, logic and getting to
the heart of matters. He likes to think those things shape his writing.
Dilip writes about themes like
development, nationalism, science, poverty, as well as travel. His
writing is fueled by travel, for he believes he must know and
understand, first-hand, the issues he writes about. He searches for the
small stories that hold larger lessons, because it's in telling those
stories that his writing is most effective.
He has won several awards for his
writing, including the Statesman Rural Reporting award and the
Outlook/Picador nonfiction prize. He has published three books, a
monograph of essays on patriotism, and has contributed to a number of
anthologies. His most recent book is "Roadrunner: An Indian Quest in
Dilip lives in Bombay with his wife Vibha and children Sahir and Surabhi. He misses his Rhodesian Ridgeback, Shaka.
More about "Roadrunner: An Indian Quest in America":
Roadrunner: An Indian Quest in America
HarperCollins India, 2009
What do we learn when one great democracy looks at another? Alexis de
Tocqueville’s seminal Democracy in America answered that question in
the 1800s. Today, India is the world’s other great democracy, and maybe
the answers are different.
Through stories large and small, this book shows us America as
refracted through the eyes of an Indian who is critical but not
intolerant, understanding but not starry-eyed. From gawking at wall
murals by German World War II POWs in Texas to getting to know the
Bikers for Christ at the annual bike carnival in Sturgis, from charting
the history of immigrant Icelanders to driving a fire truck in a quiet
mountain town, the author travels American roads, discovering old
cultures and new concerns in one of the most revered and reviled nations
in the world today.
More importantly, he explores the lessons in that process, for India
and for thoughtful readers everywhere, as he searches for meaning and
nuance in ideas like patriotism and being liberal, in a country’s sense
Passionate and perceptive, wry and empathetic, this book is ultimately about what it means to belong. Wherever you are.
How has his book been received :
1) Sumana Mukherjee in Mint liked it: http://u.nu/3gxg4
2) Sanjay Sipahimalani in Tehelka was relatively critical: http://u.nu/48xg4
3) Pramod Nayar liked it, writing for DNA (Feb 28): http://u.nu/8tss6
4) Girija Sankar had an appreciative review in "Khabar": http://u.nu/53neb
5) Kankana Basu, in his own words "best captured what I had in mind for the
book". Her review was truncated in print, but the full version is here: http://is.gd/fzayZ