What's in a name? My earliest story is how my name was chosen.
My parents immigrated to America from a small city in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India.
I had my first direct encounter with the law at age 10.
My grandmother is seventy-six and still full of vitality. To my childhood self, she was the most forceful personality in our family, directing my mom and aunts and uncles, laughing and debating in equal measure, and cooking feasts in her tiny apartment kitchen.
Growing up, my father was a huge history buff. He had a big bookshelf full of antiques, from old Edison rolls and typewriters to an ever-growing collection of old family photos.