The UK-based debutante writer, who trains the lens on poverty in her refusal to explain India to her Western readers, rues that the only Indian writers people in the UK have read are Booker Prize winners, and how it's still difficult for writers of colour to get published
“The name Mohammad can be spelt in many ways. Then there are elderly people, whose dates of birth vary from document to document, simply because they were born at home, and no one kept exact records,” said Maqsood.
Around 200 people were arrested on the India-Bangladesh border earlier this month, while trying to cross over from India. Reports in Bangladesh’s newspapers suggest they were fleeing “harassment” in Bengaluru.
As ‘illegal’ immigrants leave Bengaluru amidst a government crackdown, Thubarahalli, a colony of Bengali-speaking migrants in the city, has also drawn the line — “That is where the Bangladeshis live. Go harass them”
Nagarkar first novel, Saat Sakkam Trechalis, was written in Marathi in 1974; its urban, male angst could be traced to predecessors such as Bhalchandra Nemade’s Kosala (1963) but there was no mistaking this striking, new voice.