Ananya Bhattacharyya has written for The NYT, The Guardian, The Baltimore Sun, Al Jazeera America, Reuters, Vice, The Washingtonian, etc. She's assignment editor at Washington Independent Review of Books (@WiroBooks).
When I was in my teens, I picked up a yellowing copy of a P.G. Wodehouse novel from my mother's bookshelf and cracked it open. The experience was not unlike a thirsty camel chancing upon an oasis. I recall laughing hard to myself, and then spending days, months, years, devouring as many Wodehouse novels as I could lay my hands on.
In her prize-winning novel The God of Small Things , Arundhati Roy describes monsoon-struck Kerala, in southwestern India, with great lyricism: The countryside turns an immodest green. Boundaries blur as tapioca fences take root and bloom. ... Boats ply in the bazaars. And small fish appear in the puddles that fill the PWD potholes on the highways.