So I'm chatting with Ratul Bhattacharyya, a senior from New Jersey, soft spoken and serious. He wants to write something for the magazine about the Jan Plan in Kalimpong, India. It's a program and subject dear to his heart. More in an upcoming issue of the mag.
We talk about that but then we digress, Ratul and I. We get going on the movie Slumdog Millionaire, organized crime, gangsters in Eastern Europe. Ratul seems to know a lot about different things. He suggests I read Shantaram by David Gregory Roberts. It's a hugely popular novel about a criminal who flees Australia for the slums of Bombay. Reviewers call it over the top (900 pages) and irresistable. How did I miss it? Who knows. I've been doing my own books, and Colby mag. But Amazon says I also should read Maximum City by Suketu Mehta. I say thanks, Amazon, but Ratul already told me. Interesting how conversations lead to interesting and even illuminating things, if you let them.