Small Orange Flags

Small Orange Flags

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Author: Amit Chaudhuri
Publisher: Seagull Books
Year: 2003
Language: English
Pages: 80
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170462460


This is a compilation of six essays and a poem by novelist Amit Chaudhuri-written as an urgent response to what he feels is an ongoing state of emergency-followed by a conversation which takes up and further develops the same issues and concerns. 'Small Orange Flags' was written in early 1993 when he came back to India from Oxford, and encountered a changed world post the Babri masjid demolition. In it lie the seeds of the idea for his novel Freedom Song. 'Living in the Mohulla', written after September 11, looks at human bonds across communities; in 'Thoughts in a Temple' he meditates on Hindutva and the changing face of Hinduism; 'Neighbours and Strife' begins with an encounter in a Greyhound bus, leading on to thoughts on minority activism in civil society; 'Sticks, Stones and Names' has at its core a poem layered with disturbing images of war; and in 'A Walk Around Schoeneberg' he begins to see how silence overlays a disturbing history of erasure of the Jews. This volume lays bare disturbing and very urgent questions about how people lie together despite difference.



The Fall of baghdad: a poem

Small orange flags

living in the mohulla

Thoughts in a temple

Neighbours and strife

Sticks, Stones and names

A walk around schoeneberg

A space created: a conversation