leaving delhi, not leaving delhi. (ODS: The Book!?)

As of today, Jenny and I will be unemployed. As of Saturday, we’ll be homeless.

Our time in Delhi has come to an end, you see. But our time in Delhi — and the life of this blog — is just beginning.

Let’s explain.

Jenny and I left America in November of 2007, planning to spend three or four years bouncing across Asia. India is just the first stop on the journey. So now, sixteen months after we’ve arrived, it’s time to do our part for the local economy by creating two job openings.

We’re going to spend the next month traveling: a week in Nepal, and then three weeks in South India. After that, we’re picking up our way-too-heavy suitcases and moving… somewhere in Asia. We don’t know where. If we don’t find jobs—and if you know anyone in advertising anywhere in Asia, let us know!—then we have a two-month volunteer opportunity in Singapore, where we’ll stay until we find something permanent.

If this sounds like a farewell post, it’s NOT. Because now’s the moment to break the news: we’ve got offers to turn our blog into a book! Not just a collection of our essays, but fresh content that weaves our existing posts into a much longer narrative about living in Delhi. Like this blog, it’ll be enjoyable both for those who know Delhi and those who don’t—locals, NRIs, and expats alike.

We’ll decide which publisher we’re going with soon. You’ll be the first to know.

So what will happen to this blog? In the month while we’re traveling, not much – maybe one update a week. (Although we’ll be Tweeting regularly – follow us on @mmmmdave and @JennySteeves.) After our travel, we’ll resume our regular updates—we still have dozens of pictures and half-written posts to publish, and more will come as we work on the book. So rest assured that even though we’re not in India, there’s still a lot about India that we still have to say.

Finally, you should send us your email address so we can let you know when the book comes out, and invite you to the party!

This book wouldn’t be happening if it weren’t for all of you who were reading and commenting. So thanks for your attention and your support!



26 responses to “leaving delhi, not leaving delhi. (ODS: The Book!?)

  1. Siddharth Agrawal

    So our saffron blood really has entered your veins? It will never leave.

    Indian once, Indian forever.

    Best of luck in your pursuits elsewhere in Asia. I’m particularly sure that you both will fall in love with Singapore the moment you step out of Changi.

  2. Hi Jenny, Dave,
    I have been a regular reader of your posts. If you are passing through Hyderabad, i would like to catch up with you guys. my email ID is cherukuri.harish@gmail.com
    Do mail back, and i will give my phone number as well.
    have a good journey 🙂


  3. Congratulations on the book offer! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that you two will end up in Korea.

  4. Wow! Big news! Well, I can’t wait to keep up with your adventures. I’ll go add you in Twitter. Best of luck on all your travel journeys!

  5. Gee…a book offer! Congratulations. You guys have a great blog, and i look forward to the book.

    Enjoy your travel!

  6. book deal congrats 🙂

    South India – you have to do house boat for sure.

  7. Congrats you 2!! That is fabulous news! Enjoy your travels and I look forward to the updates =)

  8. nice news … thanx

    have a nice day

    mfg scofield

  9. you guys must have a trustfund!

    I enjoyed reading the blog though.

    Have a safe journey, wherever you land.

  10. i have enjoyed your blog and used to talk about your writings with my friends.
    best wishes for your future.
    I’ll miss you guys!!!

  11. I look forward to the book! Love your blogs and wishing you both a cool new chapter in Asia!
    I bet there’s some good opportunities in Advertising there for sure.
    Take Care,
    Carolyn Gargano

  12. Congratulations on the book offer. Was nice to hear about your perspective on my homeland, thank you for sharing your insights with us.

  13. So long, and thanks for all the posts.
    Have a great time.
    And keep in touch.

  14. Yup!Found you two in the Sunday Express today, the book thing was there.

    Anyway, Congratulations for the book…all the best for the future!!

    NB: Please don’t blog about my Indian English, if there exists any fault.

  15. An Indian From Denver

    I have been following your fantastic writing on home town and I am totally not surprised that you both landed a book deal. Congrats to you both! And Thanks! for sharing your perspective on Delhi. Safe and Happy Traveling!

  16. Guys,

    Been reading ur blog for long and its been awesome. A very fresh perspective and totally enjoyable.

    Am sure the next few months are going to great too! Goodluck for everything !

    (And I hope u get a permanent posn in India 😀 )

  17. What part of “come home” is not getting through?


  18. hey you guys. heard about your blog and the book deal through a pal of mine, linda blake. i just had to check this out. it is awesome.
    congrats to you both and god speed.

  19. Don’t leave you fools! The rest of Asia sucks. You will see, you’ll be back, and live and be here with the rest of us crazies…

    Great news about the book. I am not surprised, you guys write well and insightfully, though at times a bit trivially on certain things that are not trivial. But you are forgiven! You are our guests in this country!!

    I also think as an historical document it will be interesting, given all the change in the Indian situation. Please note down my email address


  20. shiva em gurgaon

    hello there!
    it’s great to hear about the book, congratulations!
    I’ve only been here in Delhi for two months and now you’re living, sad we didn’t meet…
    I’ve found your blog (googling) even before moving to India and it was a great inspiration for starting our own. I’m glad to know you will go on writing about this amazing-crazy country.
    Good luck on your trip and the asian years to follow.
    All best wishes from

  21. Aww, I’ll miss your delhi updates but I look forward to your new adventure. Be happy!

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