Here’s my op-ed in today’s international edition of the New York Times on how yoga is becoming popular in Pakistan, with a particular twist — linking it to Islam more than Hinduism. Already some Indian readers are feeling their feathers ruffled, insisting that this means the triumph of Narendra Modi over Pakistan, but as the article says, yoga has been growing in popularity since the 1980s, long before Mr. Modi took office.
It’s been a while since I wrote for the NYT; having to finish a novel is a big time suck and my concentration was fully taken up with the fictional world I had created instead of the real world I sometimes report on. I have to say it feels good to be back in business. One of the best moments in my life was when I was traveling to London and an op-ed happened to be printed in the NYT that same day. I saw copies of the paper everywhere I stopped en route. It gives you a tremendous boost to know that there are people reading your words around the world and to see that in reality is even more amazing.
Even when I’m in one place, I’m always grateful for the opportunity to be published by the NYT. To represent Pakistan and to show the world that we are normal people doing normal things is a great honor and privilege.