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Kumar’s most recent novel is Nobody Does the Right Thing (2010), the story of two cousins from a rural village in India, one an idealistic journalist, the other a convicted pornographer, who are both aspiring screenwriters. Writing in Mint, a publication of the Indian edition of the Wall Street Journal, Chandrahas Choudhury said, “Kumar really knows how to write a rich, satisfying scene…. [His] eye for the telling detail is very sharp.”
Kumar ’s previous works include the New York Times “Editor’s Choice” book, Husband of a Fanatic (2005), an account of his marriage as an India-born Hindu to a Pakistani Muslim wife, and a larger discussion of Hindu-Muslim relations. The Newsweek reviewer said, “Kumar’s soul-searching is unsparing even of his own liberal reactions as a post-independence ‘secular’ Indian raised to question all religiosity. His finely nuanced essay on hate is a must-read for anyone concerned with the Other.”
Kumar is also the author of Bombay-London-New York (2002), a study of India’s literary diaspora that was named a New Statesman (UK) “Book of the Year.” The reviewer for the Independent (UK) said, “Kumar’s prose is always elegant, his ideas always pulsate with energy and his humanity shines through every page. Bombay-London-New York is a riveting book. Kumar’s passion for his subject matter is infectious. But he is doing much more than simply providing illuminating insights into Indian cultural life in the West. He is showing a way forward for cultural criticism, with the critic as an insightful storyteller.”
Kumar was born in Ara in India’s Bihar State and grew up in the nearby town of Patna. He currently serves as professor of English at Vassar College.
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