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Lepers were a common sight all over India and in every part of Calcutta, but extending help beyond dropping a coin or two into their…
I never have my CNN off, it’s on the whole day. I don’t want to be out of range of television. I’m constantly bombarded by…
I have to put down roots where I decide to stay. It wasn’t enough for me to be an expatriate Indian in Canada. If I…
My mother’s rules had to do with feminine deportment, so I never played hard enough to break a toy or muddy my dress. My father’s…
Through my fiction, I make mainstream readers see the new Americans as complex human beings, not as just ‘The Other.’
I truly appreciate the special qualities that America and American national myths offer me.
I thought of America as Natalie Wood and Bob Wagner sprawled on the edge of a Hollywood swimming pool biting into the same red apple.
I have tried very hard as a novelist to say, ‘Novels are about individuals and especially larger than life individuals.’
There was no audience for my books. The Indians didn’t regard me as an Indian and North Americans couldn’t conceive of me of a North…
I feel empowered to be a different kind of writer. The longer I stay here, the more light filters into my work. I feel very…
I don’t feel the depression the people who are always looking back to the ’50s, to ‘Father Knows Best’ feel. I can see the coming…
As a bookish child in Calcutta, I used to thrill to the adventures of bad girls whose pursuit of happiness swept them outside the bounds…
The United States exists as a sovereign nation. ‘America,’ in contrast, exists as a myth of democracy and equal opportunity to live by, or as…
I had never walked on the street alone when I was growing up in Calcutta, up to age 20. I had never handled money. You…
The picture of Mother Teresa that I remember from my childhood is of a short, sari-wearing woman scurrying down a red gravel path between manicured…
I am an American, not an Asian-American. My rejection of hyphenation has been called race treachery, but it is really a demand that America deliver…
I had a 2-week courtship with a fellow student in the fiction workshop in Iowa and a 5-minute wedding in a lawyer’s office above the…
Bengalis love to celebrate their language, their culture, their politics, their fierce attachment to a city that has been famously dying for more than a…
Mother Teresa’s detractors have accused her of overemphasizing Calcuttans’ destitution and of coercing conversion from the defenseless. In the context of lost causes, Mother Teresa…
In India, there are real consequences to inattention; drivers who jeopardize pedestrians can be lynched on the spot.
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