Born to Indian academics, raised between the UK and the US and having lived in rural Japan with his Japanese wife for two decades, Pico Iyer is quite the globe-trotter in both his home and work life. As a regular essayist for Time, The New York Times and Harper’s and the author of 10 books—ranging from Video Night in Kathmandu to The Global Soul: Jet Lag, Shopping Malls, and the Search for Home—Pico has seen the good, the bad This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 19 Going Incognito We all secretly wonder what mischief we’d make if invisible: When our identity is hidden, everything seems possible. Arts & Culture Issue 19 The Best Policy Sometimes we talk to each other without feeling heard. Honesty—a most intimate interaction—can be just as thrilling as its more devious inverse. Arts & Culture Issue 19 A Sense of Suspense With unhinged imaginations and mountains of cliff-hangers, the filmmakers behind the sci-fi podcast Limetown have all the makings of a scary story. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Like Clockwork In this new column about time, we learn how slipping off our watches makes us feel like deadline-damning renegades. Food Issue 19 My Kitchen Table: Dominique Crenn French-born chef Dominique Crenn knows how to keep a level head and relishes the nights when she gets to cook to her own soundtrack. Food Issue 19 Recipe: Chamomile Cookies When your day is filled with too much excitement, taking time to sit quietly with these calming morsels and a cup of tea could be just the antidote.