The American dream through the H-1B wall

A deep dive into the professional struggles and private lives of Indians walking the H-1B tightrope

Towards the end of October 2018, as the leaves in Atlanta turned an autumn shade of red, a Bengali man with a broken leg awaited surgery. It was around 9 a.m., and he lay in the pre-operating room at Resurgens Orthopaedics in Roswell, Georgia, a northern suburb of Atlanta. According to the monitor above his head, everything looked normal.

With him in the small room, partitioned by a curtain from other patients, were his wife and a close friend, a fellow Bengali. The three of them were members of Pujari, a Bengali association in Atlanta.

Bijoy can’t quite recall the …


Anahita Mukherji

Anahita Mukherji is an independent journalist based in Silicon Valley. She was earlier an assistant editor at The Times of India, where she wrote on a variety of subjects, including the environment, child rights, education and the Right to Information Act. For The Morning Context, Anahita will cover immigrant narratives and stories at the intersection of technology and society from the heartland of US tech. Write to her at anahita(dot)mukherji(at)gmail(dot)com.