IN HIS OWN WORDS: Kiran Nagarkar
Features / In Their Own Words

IN HIS OWN WORDS: Kiran Nagarkar

While [other writers] went back to learn Tamil, Hindi or Gujarati, I never felt the need. I had a child’s grasp of Marathi from my first 4 years of education but also I was not in the least unhappy with my divided state. I was born on the cusp of independence, so there was no point denying my colonial legacy as well as the new India. The only thing to do was to accept it and to make the most or the worst of it. Continue reading

On Language, Lore, and Lack of Sales: A Short Digression on Kiran Nagarkar
Author Features / Features / Poetry

On Language, Lore, and Lack of Sales: A Short Digression on Kiran Nagarkar

by Sue Dickman

Except for his first four years of primary school, his education was entirely in English, and he studied English literature in college. The surprise, then, is not that he chose to write in English but that he’s written fiction in Marathi at all, which he calls “perhaps one of the happiest accidents of my life.” Continue reading

Barbara Anderson, Unavoidably Detained
Author Features / Features / Fiction

Barbara Anderson, Unavoidably Detained

by Sue Dickman

Her language is colloquial, and while an American reader might be confused by references to unfamiliar words—“jandals,” for example, or “skiting”—it’s never off-putting. Anderson herself claimed that after years of reading American novels, she still had no idea what “bleachers” were. (Tama Janowitz eventually told her.) Continue reading