Tavern Tales of Rajeev Balasubramanyam
Quixote's Cove organized the 14th edition of Tavern Tales session with
British writer Rajeev Balasubramanyam in conversation with Lecturer Gopal Siwakoti Chintan at Ramalaya, Panipokhari starting at 3 pm.
Pranab Singh introduced both Balasubramanyam and Siwakoti after
which Siwakoti went forth in conversation. Siwakoti questioned
Balasubramanyam on how and why he decided to be so radical.
Balasubramanyam pointed it out as the self destructive component in
his personality. He then explained how the phenomenon goes back to his childhood-being bullied by the whites while the British society dealt with racism by acting like it was not there. "Somebody has to be a loudmouthed
lunatic in the family" opined Balasubramanyam.
He explained how there is no discourse on race in Britain and how
publishers were scared to approach a taboo subject. "I doubted if it was
a legitimate subject for literature" said Balasubramanyam on his second
novel, "The Dreamer". He pointed out the psychological effect of racism
and how black and brown children start hating themselves at an early age.
He talked about his short stories-"India Isn't There" and "The Story"-
after which he read excerpts from his much acclaimed short story, "The
Day George Bush (Sr.) Came to Use the Bathroom", and answered
questions from the floor.
9 December 2011 (3:30pm) / Ramalayan