Books

An Indian Odyssey

PILGRIMAGE by Pramila Jayapal. Seal Press, Seattle, WA. March 2000. www.sealpress.com Pramila Jayapal’s Pilgrimage: One Woman’s Return to a Changing India is a sensitively written memoir that represents one woman’s search for her identity, exposed as...
Men in Angst

Men in Angst

AN OBEDIENT FATHER by Akhil Sharma, Farrar Straus & Giraux, 2000, 282p, $23. THE BETTER MAN by Anita Nair, Picador, 2000, 361p, $24. In An Obedient Father Akhil Sharma, whose short stories have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, has penned a promising, if...

Love In A Time Of War

ANIL’S GHOST by Michael Ondaatje. Alfred A. Knopf. 312 pp. $25. Anil Tissera has many enigmatic qualities as the protagonist in Ondaatje’s first novel since The English Patient. Since my parents gave me the same first name, the most salient enigma for me was...

Desi Fate

THE KARMA OF BROWN FOLK By Vijay Prashad. University of Minnesota Press. 248 p. $24.95. www.upress.umn.edu Several years have passed since we have heard a strong voice from the South Asian Left. Although Progressive South Asia will never die and be reincarnate itself...