ISBN 9789382616450,Lunch With A Bigot : A Collection Of Essays

Lunch With A Bigot : A Collection Of Essays


Amitava Kumar



Pan Macmillan India

Publication Year 2015

ISBN 9789382616450

ISBN-10 9382616454


Number of Pages 242 Pages
Language (English)

Personal Memoirs

An exuberantly inquisitive collection of essays' - Kirkus Reviews. The writer here is interested in examining the borders of the self.The twenty-six essays in Lunch with a Bigot, ranging from memoir to reportage to literary criticism and cultural activism, outlines Kumars examination of the self and of the world.Through the essays, Kumar explores his cultural past and present, the issues of travels and migration; encounters with writers Salman Rushdie, Hanif Kureishi and Arundhati Roy; the craft of writing and VS Naipaul the personal and professional that influenced his writing and the struggles of the Bollywood actor, Manoj Bajpai. The essays are assembled here in four sections, reading, writing, places and people. They also tell the story of a writer's discovery of his material.

The title essay, Lunch with a Bigot, is an account of Kumars visit to an ultra-conservative Hindu nationalist who denounced him and put him on a hit list for marrying a Pakistani Muslim.In these and other essays, published over a period of fifteen years, Kumar tells a broader story of immigration, change and a shift to a more globalized existence, all the while demonstrating how he practices being a writer in the world.