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By Amitava Kumar

To be a author, Amitava Kumar says, is to be an observer. The twenty-six essays in Lunch with a Bigot are Kumar's observations of the realm placed into phrases. a mixture of memoir, reportage, and feedback, the essays comprise encounters with writers Salman Rushdie and Arundhati Roy, discussions at the craft of writing, and a portrait of the struggles of a Bollywood actor. The name essay is Kumar's account of his stopover at to a member of an ultra-right Hindu association who placed him on a hit-list. In those and different essays, Kumar tells a broader tale of immigration, swap, and a shift to a extra globalized life, all of the whereas demonstrating how he practices being a author within the world.

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To be a author, Amitava Kumar says, is to be an observer. The twenty-six essays in Lunch with a Bigot are Kumar's observations of the realm positioned into phrases. a mixture of memoir, reportage, and feedback, the essays contain encounters with writers Salman Rushdie and Arundhati Roy, discussions at the craft of writing, and a portrait of the struggles of a Bollywood actor.

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Her name was Noorjehan. When I saw her in the camp I recognized her from a photograph I had seen in the papers, the same photograph that was now appearing on my screen. When I asked what had happened to her, she said that her pets ­were killed on the first day of the riots. Then she began to speak about herself. She said that when the crowd came there w ­ ere about seven or eight hundred of them, filling the streets. She had been watering the plants in her garden. Noorjehan used the En­glish word flowers.

Tanvir A. Siddiqui, “Poet Made to Pay for Anti-­Modi Remark,” Indian Express, December 20, 2010. Essentially, a phone booth. std stands for Standard Trunk Dialing and pco for Public Call Office. Shramana Ganguly Mehta and Himanshu Darji, “Vibrant Gujarat 2011: State May Get 1/3 of India’s GDP in Two Days,” Economic Times, January 12, 2011. Kumar, “Weddings in a Camp,” 47. 7. Shatir had recited this poem to me on the phone. The translation is mine.  . That is what I read on the little green, blue, and yellow stickers on the front door of Arundhati Roy’s home in south Delhi.

You eat meat! ”13 Then followed the writer’s observation that this time when he kissed, Narayan did not draw away. There was kissing in Kureishi too, and it had a light, subversive quality to it. When Karim joins a theater group he meets another actor, Terry, an active Trotskyite, who asks him to join the Party. Karim narrates the exchange: “He said I should join to prove that my commitment to the ending of injustice wasn’t all hot air. I said I would sign up with plea­sure on one condition. He had to kiss me.

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