Kiran Nagarkar passes away: Writer's social commentary will be inseparable from the allegations against him
Kiran Nagarkar, who passed away at the age of 77 on 5 September 2019, was often lauded as one of India’s greatest writers, and rightfully so.
Kiran Nagarkar picked up on themes that were (and continue to be) close to the punctured hearts of his readers, such as nationalism and its varied definitions.
Some will say that Nagarkar’s death is not the occasion to speak of all this. And yet, if there is one lesson to draw from death, it is that no one is indispensable in the dance of existence.
Kiran Nagarkar passes away: Writer's legacy deserves to be saluted, but not at cost of ignoring #MeToo allegations
Kiran Nagarkar was born in 1942 and before he came to be recognised as one of India’s greatest writers, worked in journalism, advertising and education. Like Beckett or Nabokov before him, Nagarkar began his literary career in one language but ended up writing novels in English — his first book, the barnstorming Saat Sakkam Trechalis (Seven Sixes Are Forty Three; originally published in 1974, with an English translation by Shubha Slee in 1995) was written in Marathi. An experimental novel with several memorable stream-of-consciousness riffs about life in a Mumbai chawl, Seven Sixes Are Forty Three was bawdy, irreverent and announced the arrival of a major new talent.
On Thursday night, a little after 11 pm, a colleague texted me the news that Kiran Nagarkar had passed away. After years of this, you react instinctively: Write a short report. Tweet it out. Reach out to your roster of contributors for obituaries, tribute pieces. I did the needful. Then, once the protocol had been followed, the rituals of work completed, I wept.
As the Indian literary world loses Kiran Nagarkar, one of it's leading writers, here is a look at some of his best works.
Born in 1942, Kiran Nagarkar's first published work was in Marathi — Saat Sakkam Trechalis (1974). By the early '90s, he was widely considered among the most prominent writers in post-colonial India.
As a second wave of #MeToo allegations have taken over social media timelines in India over the past couple of weeks, a wide range of accusations — from inappropriate behaviour to rape — have been levelled against public personalities from the fields of (mainly) the media and entertainment
#MeToo in India: Kiran Nagarkar, Pablo Bartholomew named in accusations; photographer responds with statement
Allegations against Kiran Nagarkar and Pablo Bartholomew emerged on Twitter on Friday | #MeToo
In Jasoda, Kiran Nagarkar's wry humour, unsettling realism make for poignant story that satisfies — and disturbs
In his seventh book Jasoda, Kiran Nagarkar, one of India’s most highly regarded writers, returns to a landscape that both he and his readers are familiar with — Rajputana
Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2018: From Kiran Nagarkar to Sujatha Gidla, what to look out for on the last day
From discussions on topics ranging from writing about the Arab world to fashion and modernity, here's a pick of the best sessions on the last day of the Jaipur Literature Festival | #FirstCulture
Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2018: Nayantara Sahgal, Soha Ali Khan, Kiran Nagarkar enthrall audiences
The Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival had something for everyone, from discussions on cinema, the environment and even Lucknowi cuisine | #FirstCulture
Everything you needed to know about what happened at the eighth edition of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest
The day three of the Mumbai Literature Festival brought an array of sessions exploring everything from one’s right to offend to India's incredible obsession with the consumption of paneer.
Kiran Nagarkar on the re-release of 'Seven Sixes are Forty Three', 43 years after it was first published
Sahitya Akademi-awardee Kiran Nagarkar talks about the response he received for his first novel Seven Sixes are Forty Three, his meditations on writing, and the decision to switch from Marathi to English.
Kiran Nagarkar on his books, censorship, the Ravan & Eddie trilogy — and the city of Mumbai
Give Sonia Bharat Ratna for helping Modi to come to power: Sahitya Akademi award winner Kiran Nagarkar
Sahitya Akademi award winning writer Kiran Nagarkar on Saturday joined the voices against Dadri lynching and other "incidents of intolerance" but blamed Congress President Sonia Gandhi for "paving the way" for Narendra Modi's ascension as the Prime Minister.
I would like an award every day, says Kiran Nagarkar ahead of the Tata Literature Lifetime Achievement Award
The famously reclusive writer living in Mumbai is being thrust into the arc lights again as he has been chosen for the Tata Literature Lifetime Achievement to be held between October 29-November 1.