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“Central India’s Ugly Fight for Environmental Justice,” New Yorker.com, February 2016. (Report from Bastar.)

“The Agony and Ecstasy of India at the Olympics,” New Yorker.com, August 2016. (On inequality in sports.)

“Pyre,” Granta 130, selected by Jonathan Franzen for Best American Essays 2016.

“Your Voice in My Ear,” The Hindustan Times, Jan 3, 2016. (On Indian fiction in English about small towns.)

“To Whom It May Concern,” Catapult, September 10, 2015. (On Julie Schumacher’s Dear Committee Members and Padgett Powell.)

“On Philip Roth,” Library of America blog, August 10, 2015. (Philip Roth and on getting it wrong.)

“The Bookist,” The Hindustan Times, May 3, 2015. (New monthly column on books and writing.)

“Patna Roughcuts,” Granta, March 31, 2015. (A report on the old and the new Patna.)

Ayad Akhtar, master Muslim ironist,The Guardian, December 10, 2014. (Review of Pulitzer-winner Ayad Akhtar’s play The Invisible Hand.)

“The Rats of Patna,” In These Times, September 24, 2014. (Excerpt from A Matter of Rats.)

“The Banker, The Visitor, His Wife and Her Lover,” The New York Times Book Review, April 11, 2014. (Review of Zia Haider Rahman’s In the Light of What We Know.)

“The Rat’s Guide,” Excerpt from Amitava Kumar, A Matter of Rats (Duke University Press, 2014), Harper’s Magazine, January, 2014, pp. 17-21.

“In Praise of Ian Jack’s Small Town India,” BBC News India, August 21, 2013. (Review of Ian Jack’s Mofussil Junction.)

“Pangs of a Patna Visit,Open Magazine, August 17, 2013. (On home and intimations of mortality.)
“What Links Japan and Jadugoda,” The Times of India, July 14, 2013. (On uranium poisoning.)
“The Buddha is Smiling in Bodh Gaya,New York Times India Ink Blog, July 12, 2013. (On bomb blasts.)

Dead Bastards,” Open Magazine, June 13, 2013. (On poetry and the trial of Bradley Manning.)

“Redeemed,” Interview with Cheryl Strayed, Guernica Magazine June 2013.

“Who’s Got the Address?” Collaboration with Teju Cole, Text and Images, Guernica Magazine, March 2013. Republished in Domus (India) 18, Volume 02, Issue 07, May 2013, pp. 88-103.

“On Being Brown in America,” New York Times India Ink Blog, April 25, 2013. (On the media coverage of Boston Marathon bombings.)

“Ondaatje’s Table,” Interview with Michael Ondaatje, Guernica Magazine, March 2012.

“Hari Kunzru on Gods Without Men,” Interview in Paris Review Daily, March 6, 2012.

“The Map of My Village,” PEN America, Issue 15, Maps, 2011, 12-13. Republished in BRICK Magazine 89 (Canada).

“The Un-Victim,” Interview with Arundhati Roy, Guernica Magazine, February 2011. Reprinted as “The Power of Words,” with a new introduction, in Caravan, 1 March, 2011.

“Birth of a Salesman,” Guernica Magazine, August 2010. Reprint of Chapter 1 from A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm A Tiny Bomb.
“A Collaborator in Kashmir,” PEN America, Issue 10: Fear Itself, 2009, 91-96. Republished in original and Hindi translation in Manual for Treason, Edited by Murtaza Vali, Published by Sharjah Art Foundation, 2011, 96-109. Also published on Byliner.

“Traveling Light,” Excerpt from Bombay-London-New York, and an accompanying interview on “Declarations of Independence,” minnesota review, 71-72 (Winter 2008/Spring 2009), Special Issue on Critical Credos, pp. 204-11.

“A Civilizing Mission,” on Eqbal Ahmad, The Nation, Nov 9, 2006.

“Lunch with a Bigot,” Seminar (India), Special issue on Indian Diaspora, Number 538, June 2004, 36-41.

“Howdy, Patna,” Transition, Volume 12, Number 3, (Issue 93), 54-67.

“Paper,” Essay in Kenyon Review, Volume XXIV, Numbers 3/4 (Summer/Fall 2002), 12-16.

“Splitting the Difference,” Transition, Volume 11, Number 1, (Issue 89), 44-55.