The Granta Book of India is an anthology of stories related to India and Pakistan which appeared in Granta magazine. In the anthology we can find a variety of topics. Stories, essays, reportages, texts by native artists and people from the outside deal extensively with culture, politics and social problems, giving a multi-faceted picture of the two countries of the 1990s and the beginning of the 21st century.

Nonfiction makes up a big part of this selection. For example, you will find both texts about Pakistani dervishes (Rory Stewart, Dervishes), extreme political and religious groups, or ethnic and religious riots (Suketu Mehta, Mumbai, Pankaj Mishra, Jihadis), as well as personal accounts which focus on particular social issues from a personal point of view. In Blood, Urvashi Butalia describes meeting a part of the family that was separated during the partition of India and Pakistan. Chitrita Banerji discusses social expectations towards Bengali widows, and Shampa Banerjee recalls her role in the cult Indian film Pather Panchali (English: Song of the Little Road.) The story of Viramma, a midwife in the non-caste community of Dalits (Pariah) deserves special attention.

There are also other literary forms. In addition to interesting short stories (Amit Chaudchuri, White Lies, R. K. Narayan, Kabir Street, Nell Freudenberger, The Tutor), it features a poem by Salman Rushdie, 6 March, 1989, which is a response to the fatwa imposed on him for writing The Satanic Verses .

The anthology contains:
Urvashi Butalia, Blood
Mark Tully, My Father’s Raj
Hanif Kureishi, Erotic Politicians and Mullahs
Amit Chaudchuri, White Lies
Suketu Mehta, Mumbai
Salman Rushdie, 6 March, 1989
R. K. Narayan, Kabir Street
Ian Jack, Unsteady People; Serendip
Chitrita Banerji, What Bengali Widows Cannot Eat
Pankaj Mishra, Jihadis
Amit Chaudhuri i Ramachandra Guha, Two Indians on America
Viramma, Pariah
Rory Stewart, Dervishes
Shampa Banerjee, Little Durga
Nirad C. Chaudhuri, My Hundredth Year

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