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4 Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found by Suketu Mehta Sanjay Sipahimalani
5 An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World by Pankaj Mishra Pratap Bhanu Mehta
6 The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst Kalpish Ratna
7 The Master by Colm Tóibín Nilanjana S. Roy
9 Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke Jai Arjun Singh
10 The Good Doctor by Damon Galgut Manjari Khan
11 “Hungama hai kyon barpa? Why the hue and cry?”—An essay on the historical and cultural possibilities of asylum and migration Tabish Khair
13 “From nation to camps”—Two alternative views on Migration Ananya Vajpeyi
14 “Writing about Asylum: What makes someone a refugee ”—A report from war-ravaged Liberia Rose George
16 “Guess what ashraya means? The art of asylum”—An essay Rukmini Bhaya Nair
20 Can Asians Think: Understanding the Divide between East and West by Kishore Mahbubani Paranjoy Guha Thakurta
22 Counterflows to Colonialism: Indian Travellers and Settlers in Britain 1600-1857 by Michael H. Fisher William Dalrymple
24 Gypsies: From the Ganges to the Thames by Donald Kenrick Charles Lock
26 Poetry of exile Mahmoud Darwish
27 “Intimacy”—A Photo-essay on the Qalandia checkpoint Rula Halawani
28 At Home in Diaspora: South Asian Scholars and the West edited by Jackie Assayag and Véronique Bénéï Rashmi Sadana
29 “Jumping Ship”—Examining three Bangladeshi diaspora novels in English Kaiser Haq
32 Suburban Sahibs: Three Immigrant Families and their Passage from India to America by S. Mitra Kalita; Foreword by Amitava Kumar Anupreeta Das
33 The In-Between World of Vikram Lall by M.G. Vassanji Mini Kapoor
34 Transplanted Man by Sanjay Nigam Karishma Attari
35 Sun After Dark: Flights into the Foreign by Pico Iyer Vatsala Kaul
36 “Silence, Exile, Cunning”—A short story Siddhartha Deb
39 Construction of an Identity Discourse: Oriya Literature and the Jagannath Cult (1866-1936) by Subhakanta Behera Ashok. K. Behuria
KARISHMA ATTARI co-edits Prithvi Notes, journal of Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai.

ASHOK K. BEHURIA is a Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and he works on Politics of Ethno-national Identity in South Asia. Currently he is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. The views expressed here do not in any way represent the views of the organization he is working for.

WILLIAM DALRYMPLE’s most recent book, White Mughals (Penguin) won the Wolfson Prize for History. A stage version by Christopher Hampton has just been commissioned by the National Theatre.

MAHMOUD DARWISH is an acclaimed poet, activist and journalist, one of the most powerful interpreters of the exile and hopes of the Palestinian people.

ANUPREETA DAS is a journalist and a Sauvé Scholar at McGill University.

SIDDHARTHA DEB is based in New York and writes for a number of British, American and Indian newspapers and magazines. His first novel, The Point of Return was published to critical acclaim by Picador in 2002. He is currently finishing his second novel.

ROSE GEORGE writes for the Independent on Sunday, the Guardian and the Sunday Telegraph. Her book, A Life Removed: Hunting for Refuge in the Modern World (Penguin, 2004), is a major intervention in contemporary discussion of asylum and refuge.

RULA HALAWANI is a Palestinian freelance photojournalist and the founder of the Department of Photography at Birzeit University, Palestine, where she also teaches. She has received numerous awards, including, the Grant award from “International Mother Jones”, San Francisco, award of the Palestinian Journalist Union, and the Ministry of Culture & Arts, Palestine. Some of her recent exhibitions have been Negative Incursion (Art Car museum, USA, 2003) and Jerusalem: The Warm Light Still There (The Museum of the city of Rome, 2002).

KAISER HAQ is professor of English at Dhaka University, Bangladesh. He has published four collections of poetry and a number of other works, including The Wonders of Vilayet (Peepal Tree, 2001), the only English translation of an excellent Persian memoir of a visit to Europe by a Bengali Munshi in 1765.

MINI KAPOOR is Senior Editor, The Indian Express.

VATSALA KAUL is a freelance journalist and writer in New Delhi.

TABISH KHAIR is Associate Professor at Aarhus University, Denmark, and a critic, poet and writer. His latest book is the novel, The Bus Stopped (Picador, 2004). He has just edited Other Routes, an anthology of Asian and African travel writing from before 1900, due from Indiana University Press (USA) and Signal Books (UK) in 2005.

MANJARI KHAN is a former teacher of English Literature and freelance writer based in Kerala.

CHARLES LOCK is Professor of English Literature, University of Copenhagen.

PRATAP BHANU MEHTA is President, Centre for Policy Research, Delhi. His most recent book is The Burdens of Democracy (Penguin 2003).

RUKMINI BHAYA NAIR is a poet and Professor of Linguistics at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi. Her forthcoming book of poems is titled, The Yellow Hibiscus.

KALPISH RATNA is the pseudonym under which Kalpana Swaminathan and Ishrat Syed write together. They edited the Books Page of the Sunday Observer and work as surgeons in Mumbai.

NILANJANA S. ROY is a freelance writer based in Delhi.

RASHMI SADANA is a Research Fellow and Lecturer in Anthropology at Columbia University, New York.

PRADIP SAHA is Managing Editor of Down to Earth, a science and environment fortnightly and Associate Director of Centre for Science and Environment.

SEBASTIÃO SALGADO has travelled to over 100 countries for his photographic projects condensed in books including, Other Americas, Sahel el fin del camino, Workers: An Archaeology of the Industrial Era and Migrations. His most recent project is Genesis, a series of black and white photographs of landscapes, wildlife and human aspects including world heritage sites.

JAI ARJUN SINGH is a bibliophile, and works as a feature writer with Business Standard newspaper. He can be contacted at

SANJAY SIPAHIMALANI is a writer working in an advertising agency in Gurgaon.

PARANJOY GUHA THAKURTA ( is Director, School of Convergence and a journalist with over 27 years of experience in various media—print, radio, television and the Internet. He has co-authored a book A Time of Coalitions: Divided We Stand and directed a documentary Idiot Box or Window of Hope.

ANANYA VAJPEYI is with the Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace, New Delhi and Waag Society for Old and New Media, Amsterdam.

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