Tag: Kiran Desai

  • In Conversation with Kiran Desai: Part II

    (Published in the IIC Quarterly, June 2007)Kiran Desai: Interviewed by Ira Pande and NSR. (Continued from previous post) Ira Pande: You said somewhere that as you enter that house, your mother’s house, you feel as if you’re in the presence of a writer. Kiran Desai: It is strange to go into her house in New […]

  • In Conversation with Kiran Desai: Part I

    (Published in the IIC Quarterly, June 2007) Kiran Desai, interviewed by Ira Pande and NSR. Kiran Desai’s first brush with fame came in 1997, when Salman Rushdie included the young writer in his controversial anthology of Indian writing, Mirrorwork. Rushdie described her first novel, Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard, as “lush and intensely imagined”. Kiran, […]

  • The Pather Panchali complaint

    (Written in October 2006 for the Hindustan Times) Here are two of the more curious phrases you might Google for: “insulting being a Turk” and “Kiran Desai sari”. In February 2005, Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk said in an interview, “Thirty thousand Kurds and a million Armenians were killed in these lands and nobody dares to […]