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Friends, I recently reviewed US Indian writer Hirsh Sawhney’s debut novel South Haven for The Hindu.

‘The novel depicts the hypocritical underside of an Indian migrant family in the U.S. who has benefited from its liberal ideas, but cannot abandon its own regressive thoughts.’

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Friends, recently the White Swan Foundation for Mental Health – which is doing great work in the field of information and communication related to mental health – gave me noted Odia writer Susmita Bagchi’s first novel in English language to review.

Beneath A Rougher Sea fills an important space in discourse around mental health by portraying professionals who remain largely unspoken in the increasing narratives we now encounter.

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Friends, this year too the annual The Hindu Literature for Life festival invited me to participate. To my utter surprise I was tasked with hosting Sri Ganesh Devy and Mr. Gulam Muhammad Sheikh on their talk on Gandhi: A Name, A Life, My World.

It was an incredible opportunity for I have been such a fan of both the scholar and the painter. Truly humbled.

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Friends, it was lovely to meet Mrs & Mr Kiran Doshi at The Hindu Lit for Life. The charming and gracious couple make one feel absolutely at home. The morning after Kiran Doshi won The Hindu Best Fiction Prize 2016, we have breakfast together. My report.

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It was my pleasure to review Kiran Doshi’s novel Jinnah Often Came To Our House for The Hindu. The novel went on to win The Hindu Best Fiction Prize 2016.

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Mention in The Hindu on Books

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The Hindu features its speakers at the Lit for Life in different ways as a run up to the program. This time they featured me.

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Friends, Mini Anthikad-Chhibber from The Hindu covered the White Swan event last month on Literature and Mental Illness. She quotes my controversial remark:

Amandeep, on the other hand, said there is no such thing as non-fiction, as everything one writes is coloured by what one chooses to highlight and what one ignores. “We should open stereotypes instead of perpetuating them, literature should be used to build bridges rather than exclude.”

Thank you for the event White Swan Foundation for Mental Health, Pavitra Jayaraman, Manoj Das, C K Meena, Dr Ajit Bhide, Subrato Bagchi, Dr Prabha Chandran and others.

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Friends, my interview with Kiran Doshi whose wonderful and insightful historical fiction Jinnah Often Came To Our House is short-listed for The Hindu Prize 2016.

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Friends, on November 8, 2016, the Indian Prime Minister made 1.3 billion of us citizens of the nation foreigners in our own country. Our high denomination currency notes were declared no longer legal tender. I was to travel to Taipei for a talk and could not get Dollars in the banks.

My quote on Facebook was picked by Your Story and Anil Lulla interviewed me. Please read …

Friends, it is a pleasure that Akademie Schloss Solitude invited me to write for another edition. This time a digital Atlas. The questions were:

Q: Would you say that your (artistic) practice is political?

A: Yes, it is. For me, the unspoken personal is political. I write to give voice to subjects our society likes to brush under the carpet – give voice to the marginalized. My intention is to find ways to restore human dignity through language.

Q: If so, how would you describe its political dimension?

A: I believe writing is a space where it is possible to honestly dissect the self and the violence of the society around us. My books are coming-of-age testimonial fiction.

Then they carried an excerpt from my current writing. Please read here …