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An unflinching narrative of millions from over 200 countries who pursue the dream of an American education, America Calling is a deeply personal story of Bhandari’s search for her place and voice, and an incisive analysis of the world’s relationship with America through the most powerful tool of diplomacy: education.


"An Indian woman’s wonderfully written, illuminating account...Bhandari’s informative memoir is for readers who want to understand how interconnected the world really is."
—Kirkus Reviews

“It is books like this that make America a kinder and wiser nation. Highly recommended for high schools and colleges.”
—Firoozeh Dumas, New York Times best-selling author of Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing up Iranian in America

“Rajika Bhandari captures the confusion and wonder of the international student experience of the sort she, I, and many others have shared.”
—Shashi Tharoor, Indian political leader, former Under-Secretary General of the UN, and best-selling author of 22 books including India: From Midnight to the Millennium and Beyond

“Through personal anecdotes and just the right amount of scientific data, Rajika Bhandari’s compelling memoir America Calling points out some of the important contributions made by immigrants to the United States.”
--Foreword Reviews

"Bhandari weaves a compelling narrative of the power of education to connect and transform—an experience that resonates deeply with me as a first-generation immigrant and college student."
--Reyna Grande, award-winning author of A Dream Called Home and The Distance Between Us

"In these times, when vociferous politicians promote isolation and nativism, Rajika Bhandari presents a bold counter-narrative."
—Helen Zia, activist and author of Asian American Dreams and Last Boat out of Shanghai

“Rajika Bhandari is a voice with moral clarity and rigorous intelligence…this is a clarion call for the nation’s policymakers and educators to welcome all curious minds.” --Maeve Higgins, New York Times columnist, award-winning author of Maeve in America: Essays by a Girl from Somewhere

“America Calling is an engaging and timely read that will resonate strongly amongst the global academic community…As an immigrant with an educational background that spans two continents myself, I see an element of universality in Bhandari's narrative.”
--Andrew Hamilton, President of New York University and former Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford

“Dr. Rajika Bhandari starts with her personal journey and broadens out to support a universal truth: The U.S. is better off with the rich diversity brought by international students. A touching and insightful must-read.” –Lenora Chu, journalist and award-winning author of Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School and the Global Race to Achieve.

“Through this intimate account Rajika Bhandari tells the story of the millions of young people who pursue the dream of an American education…and the often underappreciated yet immense value they bring. While she grew up in Delhi and I in Madrid, her story is, in many ways, mine too.”
―Angel Cabrera, president of Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and a Carnegie Corporation “Great Immigrant”

"Rajika Bhandari offers a roadmap to the many who have come, and the many who will be drawn to America."
--Raju Narisetti, founder of Mint newspaper, and former Managing Editor at The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal

"A rich testament to the importance of international students, America Calling is also an important addition to the story of the Indian diaspora in the U.S." --Devesh Kapur, Starr Foundation Professor of South Asian Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and award-winning co-author of The Other One Percent: Indians in America

“America Calling is a one-of-a-kind book, relevant to both students as well as to educators all over the world.”
--Pramath Raj Sinha, Founding Dean of Indian School of Business and co-founder of Ashoka University

America Calling: A Foreign Student in a Country of Possibility


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