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.
In this personal essay, the author witnesses a newborn baby’s struggle for survival in a clinic in Patna. This experience and similar others is used to discuss the pressing issue of poverty and dire health-care conditions in the author’s birthplace. The essay is also a meditation on home.