Bagels and Books, Now a Five Part Series, South Asian Writers with Dr. Neela Bhattacharya Saxena, in person
The first two of these discussions will be led by Dr. Neela Bhattacharya Saxena, Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Nassau Community College.
Thursday, April 7th at 10:30 The Power of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
“Relevant to today’s war-torn world, The Palace of Illusions takes us back to the time of the Indian epic The Mahabharat—a time that is half-history, half-myth, and wholly magical. Through her narrator Panchaali, the wife of the legendary five Pandavas brothers, Divakaruni gives us a rare feminist interpretation of an epic story.”
“A mythic tale brimming with warriors, magic and treachery. . . . Divakaruni’s sentences dazzle; the images she creates are masterful.” —Los Angeles Times
Thursday, May 5th at 10:30 The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Moshin Hamid
“Changez is living an immigrant’s dream of America. At the top of his class at Princeton, he is snapped up by the elite valuation firm of Underwood Samson. He thrives on the energy of New York, and his budding romance with elegant, beautiful Erica promises entry into Manhattan society at the same exalted level once occupied by his own family back in Lahore.
But in the wake of September 11, Changez finds his position in his adopted city suddenly overturned…”
Thursday, June 2nd at 10:30 The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
This winner of the Man Booker Prize, spans two continents and three generations. The story cuts between New York and India, contrasting the menial jobs and meager conditions of immigrant life in the city with the political unrest engulfing an isolated Himalayan hill town.
Thursday, July 7th at 10:30 Exit West by Moshin Hamid
This is the second book we will be reading by Hamid in this series. He won a number of awards for this work that centers on emigration and refugee problems. The novel, which can be considered fantasy or speculative fiction, is about a young couple, Saeed and Nadia, who live in an unnamed city undergoing civil war and finally have to flee, using a system of magical doors that lead to different locations around the globe