Lunch With a Bigot: The Writer in the World
Amitava Kumar is Helen D. Lockwood Professor of English at Vassar College. He is the author of A Matter of Rats: A Short Biography of Patna, A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb, and Nobody Does the Right Thing, all also published by Duke University Press.
Upon Arrival in the Past
In this chapter, the author writes of the several research trips undertaken to India. This essay is partly a report on fieldwork, and partly a travel guide. The places mentioned include Delhi and its travel attractions, and then the less likely destinations, stone quarries in Punjab, a small town some hours away from Mumbai, a village at the Indo-Pak border in Pakistan.