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“There is a sense of genuineness about the book. I had a strong conviction about the author's enthusiasm for the worth of attributes such as integrity, cultural diversity, honesty, diligence, and a sense of humor and humility, to temper it all.”

Jonathan K. Hustis, EVP-Legal, MetaSolv, Inc.

"Excellent work, I bought it as a business book hoping to learn more about the people I work with, but I gained so much more. I compare this quite favorably to the novelized business book, The Goal. That book used narrative as an effective means of communicating Goldratt's management ideas, but IICC accomplished that and more because the characterization was so vivid. Mr. Anand communicated his management ideas but also managed to say something about life. The Goal is merely a business book, this is a true novel that has business as a theme. We also learn about Indian culture, life, family and courage. I'm going to recommend it to some of my b-school professors as a course reading."

T Hicks on

Pradeep Anand does an excellent job of depicting the experiences and aspirations typical to most Indians immigrating to the US. I was enthralled by the fun and easy-to-read narrative and the numerous cultural tidbits that provide a look into "what makes Indians tick". In addition to telling a great story, the book is filled with pearls of wisdom on finding one's purpose in life and building a career. I learnt more about job-seeking techniques in the last two chapters of this book than I have through reading entire books devoted to this topic.

Kinit Salvi on

"Even tough I am not Indian I was able to relate to many of the situations your character experiences in the book. This came to me as a big surprise. Perhaps all of us immigrants share more than many of us believe."

"The other night, I showed my family your book. Later on, I was surprised to see my 13-year old son curled up, reading it cover to cover. As a 13 year boy, he usually reads action-packed or magic-filled fiction. He has never read any fiction about India or the oil and gas industry. Suffice it to say, he read it in one sitting, stopping only to mention, "this is interesting."

In the end, he said it was good but too romantic (I laughed!). As for me, I'm glad that his entry into the world of Indian American fiction was in your hands. Thanks, Pradeep."


"I started reading your book "An Indian in Cowboy Country" last evening. I could not put it down until I had finished it well into the night. It felt as if I was reading my own life story... The pearls of wisdom that you interwove with the main story (the advice from Sri Krishnaswamy on finding your own Seeta, the Lunch Bunch discussions, etc.) were particularly inspiring. Congratulations on writing such an amazing book!"


"It was a very good and easy read. It had many interesting details, which I...could relate to - the chapter on job hunt for me was very relevant, as I went through a somewhat similar situation when I got laid off from one of the investment banks in New York in 2001.
I know many..who are going through similar situation now on Wall Street (and here in London) due to the credit crunch, and the experience related in your book would be very useful."


"I hope the book is promoted (may be required reading ;-) by (Company X) in its diversity programs because (Company X) employs people who go through experiences and emotions similar to those mentioned in the book. A non-Indian reader will gain a deeper insight into the background of many immigrants working among us. Many Indian readers will fondly relate to the main character in the book. Such potent books have the power to bond employees."


To the many Indian engineers who came to the United States as graduate students and then stayed on to work, this book is practically autobiographical. Pradeep Anand describes scenes that make you ask: How did he know that about me? Reading through the book is like reliving your early years.
Pradeep vividly describes stories that make you laugh and others that make you cry. Especially poignant is the subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, discrimination that is pervasive in the work place. Pradeep shows how we Indians have had to overcome this hurdle with grace and dignity; and how, despite this handicap, we have excelled in our professional lives.
Once started, the book is difficult to put down. This book is recommended not only to the many immigrant engineers, but also to those who work along-side them."

S. Maneckshaw  on

"An Indian in Cowboy Country is a great read. Pradeep Anand is a good storyteller. There were many moments in the book when I felt it was my story and those of so many of my friends who came to America with great dreams and also many question marks. The book ends on a very uplifting note which captures the essence of the promise of America: that it can truly be home to people from far away places."
Sens on

"Salman Rushdie sold me four books, but did not make me read even one of them. You held my interest on every line of every page. Congratulations, you are a genuine writer."


"An Indian in Cowboy Country was a delightful, poignant and loudly resonant read for me. You could just as truthfully have replaced the name Satish with my name."


"I thoroughly enjoyed your book - brought back a lot of memories, spoke uncannily close to my own experience and was an uplifting read. Was a great way to come back to reading non-non-fiction after a long time. Look forward to your next book."


"Even though I have pretty much stopped reading books these days (the internet grabs all my spare time!), I must say that I found An Indian in Cowboy Country very interesting. I read it in pretty much in one sitting. You have rekindled my interest in reading books!"


"You certainly have a wonderful way with words and your talent is apparent when reading An Indian in Cowboy Country. It has certainly gripped me ... my heartiest congratulations on a beautifully written novel"


"I was amazed at your book. I knew I would like it (expected ties to IIT, etc) and the first chapter or two played out that way, but then it turned into a really riveting book. I was up till 2 AM reading it. I could not put it down. My only regret is that I was so interested in the story that I skimmed through a few places and didn't pay enough attention to the language. I also found a lot of the underlying messages of values very moving. I have to re-read it."




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"An Indian in Cowboy Country is a must read. Pradeep has done an amazing job, with great simplicity, in chronicling an Asian Indian’s journey in an alien society, simultaneously maintaining one’s cultural moorings and moral center."

Nandan Nilekani, Former Co-Chairman & CEO, Infosys Technologies Limited; author of Imagining India: The Idea of a Nation Renewed.

He served as the chairperson of the Unique Identification Authority of India, a cabinet-ranking position in Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh's cabinet.

He joined the Indian National Congress in March, 2014 and will contest 2014 Lok Sabha election from Bangalore South constituency.

“Pradeep Anand has put together a collection of highly enjoyable stories about the many challenges of being a brown-skinned techie in Texas. Immigrants everywhere will relate to this perceptive and relevant book.”

Chitra Divakaruni, award-winning author and poet

“Pradeep Anand has given voice, in a very sincere, real way, to the phenomenon of ... Indians assimilating into the fabric of American life. He seems to effortlessly capture the essence of their struggle to fit in while retaining and celebrating very different roots. This journey is comical, poignant, and -- until now -- little known outside the world of those experiencing it. A good read, whether you grew up in India, the U.S., or anywhere else!”

Michael Berry, Former Mayor Pro Tem, Houston, Texas

“Businesses, business schools, and cultural studies departments at schools and colleges will benefit immensely from this book. Pradeep Anand weaves, with fascinating simplicity, warm and authentic stories about Asian Indian immigrants and their experiences in America.”

Amar Bhidé, Lawrence D. Glaubinger Professor of Business, Columbia University Graduate School of Business

“An Indian in Cowboy Country is a riveting narration of an observant youth’s journey into the real world, of being transplanted from one socio-cultural milieu to an alien and often hostile environment. It is a story of reconciling one’s values with the “winner takes all” approach of the fiercely competitive Corporate America.

The book would appeal to the millions of expatriates from Asia, who have made a new home in the West, and also to anyone who wants to understand the psyche of Asian immigrants.

A very readable account of the life of a successful Indian – flourishing in the welcoming arms of the “promised land”, successfully marketing his knowledge and skills and constantly struggling to bridge the cultural divide from his moorings in sober and restrained Indian middle class to noisy and boisterous Texan country!

And the message woven so well in the tapestry of the narration is that one must have a set of personal values – and one must abide by them without any compromise. This adherence to convictions is the source of the greatest satisfaction.”

Skand R. Tayal, Ambassador of India to S. Korea; Former Consul General of India, Houston, Texas

"I was in Cozumel on vacation and took your book along. I was absolutely enthralled by it! I have read many books on the IIT experience as well as the immigrant experience to the US and I found your book very hard to put down.

I guess not only because of the obvious IIT, Houston and E&P industry connection but also because the protagonist could have been me or 10 people I know. Instead of the Tam Bram it could have been a Chit Bram.

What I really connected with other than the obvious institutional and occupational references, were the other little details.

I remember standing on Mohammed Ali Road outside my then residence watching the papal convoy go by.

I also remember my father driving me to Plaza cinema area a couple of days after the riots, only to realize that a new bout of rioting had broken out.

I remember driving by the burning shell of a BEST bus opposite Plaza, as well as the burnt out interior of an Udipi restaurant on Ranade road near Kabutarkhana.

I remember working in a Goan auto mechanic shop near Portuguese Church in my 6 months after I graduated from ISC school and joined IIT.

I remember the mix of Parsi, Muslim, Bohra, Tamil and Maharashtrian kids in my so called convent school, a veritable microcosm of Mumbai. Thanks for bringing back all those memories, several of which are very dear to me.

I was also taken by the protagonist's principled approach to dealing with the inevitable prejudices Indians face in the Texan E&P scene. As one of my early mentors said, to succeed in this game you will have to be 10 times better than the goras, and sadly he was correct. I have seen so many deserving Indians languishing in terms of their recognition by E&P companies.

I intend to give the book to my college going daughters so they can get a glimpse of my middle class childhood in Mumbai, probably not a lot different from the protagonist. Again thanks for bringing back a lot of fond memories and connections to the past. It was a blast."


“Pradeep Anand has put together a well written collection of short stories that effectively capture the experiences of the average Indian engineer who has to survive the rigors of an extremely competitive education system (IIT) and then has to try to "make it" in a foreign land. The experiences of his protagonist Satish Sharma is one that any immigrant who comes to this country will be able to identify with.
The author’s simple narrative very subtly highlights both the prejudices and glass ceilings faced by immigrants as well as the opportunities and support that can only be found in this great country. This book shows the challenges faced by an immigrant while assimilating in a new society without comprising his/her core identity.
A great read for anyone interested on an immigrant's perspective.”
Mahesh Nathan on

"The stories in this book transport you into the heart of an idealistic, imaginative, and sensitive person. The author has deftly handled complex emotions faced by immigrants. Being an immigrant from India myself, I can empathize with the feelings and actions that the author has expressed so subtly. I especially liked his story 'Going Home'. Here Pradeep has captured the emotions with sweet sensitivity and brings tears to your eyes. His narration is simple, evocative, and sensitive. A very good read and I highly recommend this book even for non-immigrants."
K Bhagavan on

"A candid experience of an Indian immigrant engineer in the Texas oil patch with its cultural and racial interaction. An eye opener to the realities of corporate racism and cronyism coupled with the determination of an immigrant to overcome cultural bigotry and assimilate in this great country of opportunity."
Prakash Panday on

"I read the book in one sitting. Good book, nice piece of work. Hat's off to you!! The book resonated particularly with me because I could strongly identify with the protagonist. I think you have portrayed the oil industry realistically and with insight, including its (until recently) pervasive political incorrectness. The uplifting aspect of the story was refreshing. I believe Roberta Flack is very apropos here: Telling my whole life with his word. Killing me softly with his song. I believe (that) any one who has lived the 80s- 90s in Houston or had an association with the oil industry will find it a gripping narration. For the others, it is a well written story portraying the tribulations and laurels of a recent Desi émigré, well worth an afternoon's read.”


"I loved your book...your preliminary chapters were fantastic! I loved the later chapters as well-the last chapter was pure magic! The early ones however are rare!

We need another story on Satish Sharma;s exploits with his new company & larger family."


"An Indian in Cowboy Country was very entertaining and had a good heart. It certainly opened my ideas to the level of integrity that the Indian community aspires to."

"I read An Indian in Cowboy Country and thoroughly enjoyed it. You have a nice easy style and the story flows well and makes for pleasurable reading. I could relate at the cultural level obviously but professionally too."




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An Indian engineer discovers his personal and professional potential in the heart of Texas

The book is about an Indian engineer’s sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant struggle to fit and assimilate into the fabric of American life, "while retaining and celebrating very different roots."


Pradeep Anand was born in Mumbai, India. He lived the first half of his life in that city before migrating to Houston, Texas, U.S.A.

Pradeep has lived the second half of his life in Houston, Texas, where he experienced the city's evolution from a small town to a global metropolis that gradually embraced ethnic multiplicity.

For over twenty-five years, he has lived and worked with Texans, both native and adopted sons and daughters of Texas. Moreover, he has worked for most of those years within the bulls-eye of cowboy culture in Texas, the oilfield service industry. He is President of Seeta Resources. He lives with his family in a Houston suburb.

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David Preng, President of Preng & Associates, the premier executive search firm in the global energy industry, sends An Indian in Cowboy Country to his clients, with this cover letter:

Dear XXXX:

We've all heard inspiring stories about achieving the American Dream of a successful career, beautiful home and loving family. "An Indian in Cowboy Country" by Pradeep Anand is more than a fictional tale of an India-born engineer who overcomes cultural differences to succeed in Houston's energy industry. It shares the challenges anyone might experience during 20 or more years in business and looks at important lessons learned along the way.

You'll enjoy this book! It's an easy read filled with messages we never outgrow. Stories in the book illustrate why we cannot sacrifice our personal values to succeed in business or in life and how we must develop trusting relationships as the foundation of any success, regardless of our cultural background and experiences.

During my many years assisting corporations and boards with executive searches, I've experienced these lessons firsthand and witnessed how important they are to hundreds of executives who have achieved goals far beyond their dreams.

This book will make you think...and laugh. I gave copies to my sons as a "must read" and I'm delighted to share the book with you. Happy reading!


David Preng
President, Preng & Associates

"An Indian in Cowboy Country was very well written and I could relate to many of the episodes both on a personal as well as a professional level. Kudos for the excellent work! Any chance of a sequel?"


"I purchased your book to read on a long flight. Prior to my travel day, I read a few pages to get the gist of the book, and I could not stop reading the entire book. I saw a lot of similarities in your character and myself. I saw his ultimate triumph."


" I just finished An Indian in Cowboy Country and wanted to commend you on an excellent book, that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. The common thread of 'breaking bread' with friends, colleagues and family gives the book a warm familial touch. Your comments on Habanero and Tabasco peppers upon your arrival in Houston are reminiscent of my first sojourns to Scotland and my discovery of Indian Cuisine as a partial substitute for a needed Tex-Mex fix. In reading the book I became famished for Indian food and now want to try all the various varieties that before I had not known existed. You should be proud of a very well written and enjoyable read. I will heartedly recommend your book to others."


Simple, Succinct ,Superb!

"Pradeep Anand has managed to capture experiences common to all immigrants from the subcontinent. The book contains both personal and professional narratives, starting from the single minded pursuit of that elusive Green Card, to going home to find a suitable bride-that immigrants can relate to.

I found the book to be an easy read, with a simple narrative style. It even provided me some ideas about my future career choices! I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about the experiences of subcontinental immigrants in America."

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"I found the book very captivating with coherent narration and perpetual flow of ideas especially in the chapters "Pilgrimage", "Going Home" and "Bride hunting in India ".Growing up in India during the time frame that is mentioned in the book and now living in Texas and with similar interests I can relate with the anecdotes. The writer has brought out some core details of "Boy meeting girl" Indian tradition that is funny and factual. Many Indian immigrants can recount their experiences through this gripping fiction and the storyline that the author has explicitly brought out in the book. A good reading for anyone interested in titles on India and Indians in America."

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An Indian in Cowboy Country has all essential elements of a successful book. It has innocence and pranks of kids, philosophy of life, teaching of ethical and moral values, realities of corporate world and family life, caring and sharing.

I recommend this book to all; it has more appeal to immigrants because they can relate themselves to some extent with some content of the book. From my perspective, the best chapters are “The Interview” and “Labor Day”. This is where ink flows smoothly and the author’s writing skill grips a reader.

“The Interview” shows how executives play corporate games, how people handle situations and set their priorities that reflect their characteristics, how ethics and moral values guide them in crisis situations. Philosophical dialogs between Satish, Tim, Charlie and Billy are very thought provoking as well as enjoyable. It is a mirror of human behaviors.

The ugly head of discrimination rises everywhere ... in one form or another but there are also many people who are ready to stand against it. Basically it is implied that there are few anti-social very conservative elements but the society as a whole is more people oriented and cares for others. It seems like Gandhigiri pays off and it is a force more powerful.

But from where this inspiration comes? I guess that comes from upbringing (surrounding of family and friends), reading of moral giving books and self-motivation. Seeking Seeta in “Pilgrimage” brings out that inner consciousness and this makes Satish do critical self-analysis.

The chapters - “The Touch”, “Going Home”, “Bride Hunting in Bombay - show sensitivity of people, coziness being in a family, interpersonal skills. Lata, Krishna and Mona bring more fun in otherwise typical family conversations.

“Two Lines” shows how personal touch, sympathy, caring and sharing can make a difference in someone’s life. Humility soothes pain.

The interesting part of “The Hunt” is Satish is very calm, composed and non-complainer. Rather than being anguished about who stole my cheese, he knows what to do next logically. Eventually hard work, systematic approach and consultation with friends pays off. If someone asks a question “Does it help being a person with a steady mind (Sthitpragna in the Bhagavad Geeta)?”, these chapters have the answer.

“Labor Day” is a very emotional and touching chapter; especially, when Dan proposes to Miriam. This is the beauty of a melting pot where tolerance becomes a built-in ingredient of everyday life. Assimilation leads towards peaceful coexistence and mutual understanding. Contribution of all, like threads, weaves a fabric.

India absorbed many civilizations and consequently acceptance of many factors became a norm of life. It is no wonder why children of world’s oldest melting pot, India, assimilate very smoothly in the world’s latest melting pot (USA).

The book starts with “Rites of Passage” where 11 teenagers of different religions, cultures and regions are bonded together by a ring of friendship and make their childhood a lifelong memorable experience. The book also ends with almost the same theme where 10 grown-up strangers of different nationalities, cultures, religions and colors form a band of brothers and make this world a family. Pradeep, I think maybe this is your first book but it is superb. I am sure that in next book your canvas will be much bigger with lots of colors and characters.

I think I am beginning to like that buddhu who is a pukka Mumbaikar and also happens to be a very good sutradhar (main narrator). Laage Raho Satishbhai !!!"





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