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Amitava Kumar
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Amitava Kumar

Articles by Amitava Kumar

Hindi On The Hudson

Hindi On The Hudson

May 22, 2014 Amitava Kumar

Sometimes my son asks in English: “Baba, what does duniya mean?” It means the world, beta, the world that...

Place Of Birth/Place Of Death

Place Of Birth/Place Of Death

Nov 06, 2013 Amitava Kumar

To return to Patna is to find the challenging thought of death, like the tip of a knife, pressing against my...

Salman Rushdie And Me

Salman Rushdie And Me

Feb 22, 2012 Amitava Kumar

It wasn't just about standing up for freedom of expression in India: maybe I was doing something more humble...

A Few Chapters From Follywood

A Few Chapters From Follywood

May 14, 2007 Amitava Kumar

Uninspired, unoriginal, sans cogent argument, this is anything but a comprehensive history of Bollywood.

A Civilizing Mission

A Civilizing Mission

Nov 21, 2006 Amitava Kumar

He was indicted on charges of conspiring to kidnap Henry Kissinger. He never published a classic text nor did...

The Enigma Of Return

The Enigma Of Return

Oct 05, 2004 Amitava Kumar

Fidelity to his interlocutors, and to their detail and circumstance, as much as the intelligence and...

Eye Turned Inward

Eye Turned Inward

Sep 20, 2004 Amitava Kumar

Aslam has the courage to write against the shortcomings of his own religion. When has anyone of the VHP had...

What If We Were Together?

What If We Were Together?

Aug 23, 2004 Amitava Kumar

The Partition was a tragedy, but the greater tragedy is that today the dream of a united India is the fantasy...

Gogol Versus Ganguli

Gogol Versus Ganguli

Oct 20, 2003 Amitava Kumar

Displaced metaphors play out their genteel turmoil yet again, Jhumpa style

Black Crows In The Open

Black Crows In The Open

Sep 08, 2003 Amitava Kumar

Jha's second novel shows he's still in tormented territory, and thriving

Ah, The Gifts Of Abandon

Ah, The Gifts Of Abandon

Apr 21, 2003 Amitava Kumar

Iyer could not have known this when he finished his book but Mohammed Atta, the leader of the September 11...

Bowling At The Death

Bowling At The Death

Jul 29, 2002 Amitava Kumar

The local TV images of the mass funeral had a ticker tape running below—"PM congratulates victorious Indian...

Elsewhere Histories

Elsewhere Histories

Jun 03, 2002 Amitava Kumar

Chaudhuri's writings record subtle variations on a more settled routine. The technique works because it saves...

Rage, Rage Against The Dying Light

Rage, Rage Against The Dying Light

Sep 17, 2001 Amitava Kumar

High on success and stardom, Rushdie's novel touches the low of banality

Flight Into The Wild

Flight Into The Wild

May 28, 2001 Amitava Kumar

A new fashion statement in India writing using adrenaline instead of ink.

Servant's Quarters

Servant's Quarters

Apr 23, 2001 Amitava Kumar

A novel knowledgeable about wealth, sentimental about poverty.

'We Are All Converts'

'We Are All Converts'

Mar 19, 2001 Amitava Kumar

Amitava Kumar on his marriage to a Muslim, his 'conversion' and his first visit to Karachi

The Longest Journey

The Longest Journey

Nov 20, 2000 Amitava Kumar

Stephen Alter takes a step across what's just a line on the map

Now, Voyager

Now, Voyager

Nov 06, 2000 Amitava Kumar

An uneven, but often rewarding, saga of forgotten Indian diasporas