The Present Is a Foreign Country

Review of Heaven’s Edge, by Romesh Gunesekera, The New York Times Book Review

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House of Blue Mangoes

Review of The House of Blue Mangoes, by David Davidar, The New York Times Book Review

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The Picador Book of Modern Indian Writing

Review of The Picador Book of Modern Indian Writing, edited by Amit Chaudhuri, The New Statesman
Anyone turning to this anthology in search of a tradition is likely to be rather bewildered by the bedlam of languages, themes and genres. But perhaps there is method in this madness. So many of the pieces in this collection suffer the same absence of a tradition that, at some point, it seems churlish to insist on calling it an absence.

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Politics Into Economics Don’t Go

An essay on the literature of immigrants, published in Index on Censorship
The end of the Cold War altered political realities; it also changed the way the West receives–and reads–immigrants

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Techno-Brahmins

Review of India Unbound, by Gurcharan Das, The New York Times Book Review

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To Hell in His Handbasket

Review of Eastward to Tartary, by Robert Kaplan, published in The Nation
Given his penchant for grand narratives, it’s a little strange that Kaplan misses the larger picture, the broad canvas upon which the events he describes are unfolding. But that’s the danger of serving history too faithfully.

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Subcontinental Divide

Review of The Other Side of Silence, by Urvashi Butalia, The New York Times Book Review

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Wages of Sin

Review of An Obedient Father, by Akhil Sharma, The New York Times Book Review

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Inside the Jihad

An interview with Ahmed Rashid, published in Atlantic Unbound

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12 Million Strangers

Review of The Blue Bedspread, by Raj Kamal Jha, The New York Times Book Review

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