No Longer NRI

Essays; Non-fiction

“I am returning to India not to make money, but to make a life. A life in which I spend more time with my aging parents. A life full of striking contrasts and homely comforts, a home with grandparents and grand festivals. A life where, even though my daughter will have to work much harder in school, she will have the same direction, motivation, and purpose that I had when I grew up there.”

Ranjani Rao moved to the United States as a new bride. Over the course of fourteen years, she acquired a PhD and a green card, became a working woman, and a mother. But, somewhere along the way, home beckoned. After much reflection, Rao and her family moved back to India. This essay collection chronicles her journey through her reflections as she contemplates the move during her last few months in America and ruminates on her life as a newly returned NRI. The book covers a range of experiences and is a thought-provoking meditation on the meaning of “home.”

Given the globalized times in which we live, many of us cycle through various stages of resettlement. Sometimes we are expats, other times we are immigrants/emigrants, and often we are something in between. These essays speak to the adventure as well as the nostalgia that are the constants of this life on the move. This book of essays is a valuable addition to the library of every person who straddles two worlds that are familiar but that tug in different directions.

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Story Artisan Press | E-book | 47 pages | March 08, 2019


Great read for all NRI/Desis who are contemplating on returning to India. Ranjani’s simple, funny and anecdotal book captures the personal, social, and cultural challenges of resettling, and the perspective shift required in order to feel comfortable once you move back "Home".

Swathi Vilivalam

A thoroughly engaging read. This book will resonate with anyone who has lived the NRI life, even for the briefest of times. For those who haven’t, it’s a window to the rather unrelenting decision points that pose themselves to those who live outside India.

Manjula Kalliat

Very well written book. As a person who returned from USA after my studies, I can really relate to this book. It’s as though, the author had the words to express my feelings.


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