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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Tagore And Malkani

The twist in the tale of Gautam Malkani's Londonstani didn't work for this blogger: one hugely enjoyed the dialect, the energy and the portrayal of the British desi mindset, only to feel tripped up in the last few pages. The intent, laudable though it may be, is to make one ponder on what it means to be British ("the subtle workings of reverse-colonisation"), but placing it so late in the book makes it almost smack of gimmickry. Now this may be a spoiler, so this is your chance to stop reading -- but hasn't anyone noticed that Rabindranath Tagore made use of the same plot device almost a hundred years ago in his Gora?


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