Do You See?
So, write-up number 2 comes out on Prairie Schooner website. Based on my paper presented at the Pondicherry University conference on “Literature for the Youth”, I talk about poet Adil Jussawalla’s forthcoming young readers’ collection The Right Kind of Dog.
Lovely title, right? The post is in two instalments.
While talking to Mr. Jussawalla on the phone on the wide bracket of “eight to eighteen,” he suggested that it’s not so much about putting age groups as a marker, rather about seeing the “ages” converge in an understanding of eras, histories and events. The child at the center of Jussawalla’s collection is not outright a “damaged personality”—a term that tended to come up in the conversation—but more of a “hurt eye” that is sensitive to the core and discerning in her/his perception of the larger world. The Partition of the Indian subcontinent, geographical dislocation, physical dismembering, political chaos and volatile family relationships – all this makes up the bulk of Mr. Jussawalla’s gripping young readers’ collection.
Look out for part II soon!
Recap on the PS write-up/s: