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New Indian Writing

Thursday 27 March 2014

1 Hour


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The last few years has seen a big rise in contemporary Indian writing translated into English Here, as part of the festival’s new India Day presented by Kolkata Literary Meet, two new Indian-born novelists talk about the themes running though their new novels. Anjali Joseph’s Another Country follows 20-something Leela who finds no straightforward answers about who she is or where she belongs, wherever she goes – Paris, London or Bombay – or whatever she does. The novel is about growing up and discovering that what you want is very different from what you thought it would be. Prajwal Parajuly’s Land Where I Flee sees three grandchildren returning from London, Colorado and New York to their native Gangtok for their grandmother’s 84th birthday. All three have their issues and each wants to emerge from the celebrations with nerves intact and their grandmother’s blessing.

Anjali was born in Bombay and read English at Cambridge. She graduated with distinction from the MA in creative writing at the University of East Anglia. Her first novel, Saraswati Park, won the Desmond Elliott Prize, the Betty Trask Prize and India’s Vodafone Crossword Book Award for Fiction. Another Country was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize. Parajuly’s hometown is in the Indian Himalayas but he now divides his time between New York and Oxford. His debut collection of short stories, The Gurkha’s Daughter, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize.

Here they talk to critic, journalist and broadcaster Bidisha.

India Day at the festival is presented by Kolkata Literary Meet. The FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival will present an Oxford Day at the 2015 Kolkata Literary Meet.