Farming is venerated in India, chiefly by those who are not farmers. An overwhelming majority of India’s farmers are unable to share this quaint adoration because they are impoverished.
Manu Joseph is a Delhi-based writer and journalist and former editor of OPEN magazine. A columnist for The International New York Times and The Hindustan Times, his 2010 debut novel Serious Men won both the The Hindu Literary Prize and the PEN/Open Book Award.
Posts by Manu Joseph
The real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.