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2021 | Review


Review of Kuzhali Manickavel’s Whore. Published in Out of Print, India.

There are many reasons why I enjoy Kuzhali Manickavel’s writing; most of all for its humanity but also for her experimentation with tense, point of view, and irrealism. In her work, the reader slips in and out of different versions reality, one moment feeling intensely connected to the characters or narrator and the events taking place, but at the very next, estranged and bereft…


2020 | Review

This is Us and This is Us Outside

Review of Kuzhali Manickavel’s This is Us and This is Us Outside, Out of Print, India.

The first time I read Kuzhali Manickavel’s stories I was left completely disorientated. I thought it must have been because I missed something, so I went back and reread them. But even the second and third time my head was still whirling. I felt on the one hand connected to the emotional centre of the story, but at the same time distinctly unmoored. The stories have a light, almost playful tone, but this is only an artful and skilful ploy to beguile us from the deeper issues at stake for the author…


2020 | Review

A Man of Talent

A review of my story A Man of Talent in The Reading Life.

I first began to follow the work of Farah Ahamed on  April 3, 2015.  A Man of Talent is the eighth of her short stories upon which I have posted. I reserve such coverage for writers whose talent and insight I greatly value. Several of her stories are set in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital and deal with a wonderful character, Dr. Patel, of whom I have become very fond…