The Indian Edition
Click here to order the Indian Edition
The American Edition
Houston Chronicle - October12, 2012 - TEDx Talk about "The Woman who Climbed Mount Everest more then 100 Times"
Houston Chronicle - January 21, 2012 (Digital)
Houston Chronicle - January 21, 2012 (Hardcopy)
Hindustan Times - Jan. 9, 2011
Chronicle - Nov. 5, 2007
News - Oct. 26, 2007
News - Front Page
Business Journal (Hardcopy)
Business Journal (Digital)
Chronicle - Shelby Hodge
News Book Review
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.”
K. Hustis, EVP-Legal, MetaSolv, Inc.
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
Hicks on Amazon.com
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
Salvi on Amazon.com
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
"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."
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!"
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."
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
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."
Maneckshaw on Amazon.com
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 Amazon.com
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."
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."
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."
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!"
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
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."
#1 Best Seller @ Crossword Bookstore Whitefield, Bangalore
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."
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.
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
Divakaruni, award-winning author and poet
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!”
Berry, Former Mayor Pro Tem, Houston, Texas
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.”
Bhidé, Lawrence D. Glaubinger Professor of Business,
Columbia University Graduate School of Business
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
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!
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.”
R. Tayal, Ambassador of India to S. Korea; Former Consul
General of India, Houston, Texas
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
I really connected with other than the obvious institutional and
occupational references, were the other little details.
remember standing on Mohammed Ali Road outside my then residence
watching the papal convoy go by.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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 Amazon.com
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 Amazon.com
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 Amazon.com
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.”
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!
need another story on Satish Sharma;s exploits with his new company
& larger family."
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."
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."
Cartoon by Arun Inamdar
Suggested Questions for Book Clubs
TEDxSugarLand: August 25, 2012: The Woman who Climbed Mount Everest More than 100 Times: The Video
January 26, 2012, 6 PM: ASIAN/ PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE
ASSOCIATION, Houston, Texas. Distinguished Speakers' Series. Mayuri Restaurant, 5857 Westheimer, Houston. YouTube Video
January 13, 2011, 3 PM: IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai
December 8, 2010, 6:30 PM: Book Launch by Nandan Nilekani, Crossword (Kemp's Corner), Mumbai, India
27, 2008, CBS Channel 11 Houston, Mumbai Massacre
19, 2008: IIT Bombay Golden Jubilee Conference 2008, Marriott
Marquis, Times Square, New York, NY. Signing
books Credit Suisse's suite.
27, 2008: Open Forum Comedy Night, Sugar Land, Texas
18, 2008: IACCGH, Westin Oaks, Houston, Texas
10, 2008: Praxair, Kemah, Texas
3, 2008: Locke Lord, Houston, Texas
24, 2008: Clear Lake City, Texas
22, 2008: KBR, Houston, Texas
8, 2008: Schlumberger, Houston, Texas
7:45 PM: Jones Graduate School of Management, McNair Hall, Rice
University, Houston, Texas
4 thru 8, 2008,
8:30 AM: ABC/Channel13/KTRK Houston interview on
Comcast Channel 314 in the the Greater Houston Area
3, 2008, 11:30
AM: Interview on ABC/Channel 13/KTRK Houston -
11, 2007, 7 PM: Book reading & Signing at Brazos
Bookstore. 2421 Bissonnet, Houston, Texas 77005; Tel: 713-523-0701
2 PM to 4 PM: Book Signing at Barnes & Noble,
Woodlands Mall, 1201 Lake Woodlands Dr. #3008, The Woodlands, Texas
6:30 PM, Ticknor Lounge, Harvard
University, Cambridge, MA (Click
here for my prep notes)
2 PM to 5 PM: Book Signing at Barnes & Noble,
First Colony Mall, Sugar Land, Texas
2 PM to 4 PM: Book Signing at Barnes & Noble,
Westheimer/Voss, 7626 Westheimer, Houston, Texas
Fort Bend Literary Council -Book and Author Dinner
6 PM to 8 PM: Book Signing at Barnes & Noble,
First Colony Mall, Sugar Land, Texas
16, 2006, 2 PM to 4 PM: Book Signing at Barnes
& Noble across the Galleria; 5000 Westheimer, Houston,
2, 2006: Book Release, Stafford Civic Center, Stafford,
Indian engineer discovers his personal and professional potential
in the heart of Texas
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."
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.
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.
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.
be redirected to www.seeta.com
please click here
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:
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.
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.
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
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!
President, Preng & Associates
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?"
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."
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.
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."
Reviewer on BarnesandNoble.com
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."
Narasimhan on Amazon.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lines” shows how personal touch, sympathy, caring and sharing
can make a difference in someone’s life. Humility soothes
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.
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).
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.
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 !!!"