Vikram Seth just received an award intended to honour diaspora Indians.
“After the ceremony, Mr. Seth said: “It feels great to get an award from your own country.” In a lighter vein, the writer, who divides time between London and New Delhi, said, “but I don’t feel completely pravasi.”
I remember an earnest session on diaspora writing a year ago.
Someone with many letters after her name asked: “What is the official name for writers who live in the home country as well as somewhere abroad and sometimes in a third place also? They are not really diaspora authors. They are not really NRIs. So what do we call them?”
We all turned to the Very Famous Author in our midst who lived in two and sometimes three countries.
“Well-travelled?” he suggested.