The New York Times Magazine:: Jhumpa Lahiri, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, thinks the new American fad for all things Indian is pretty funny and off base. Let’s start with yoga. She has a new book out. The Namesake is here second shot at literary fame. She did quite well in her debut. The Interpreter of Maladies won a Pulitzer.
I’ve always been very ambivalent about things Indian. I don’t feel pride when I see this stuff happening — I don’t feel that ”we’ve made it.” I don’t feel part of any we. And it’s funny. Nobody I know in India practices yoga. You don’t have people rushing home from their jobs to make it to the 6 o’clock yoga class.