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Blookers, Bloggers and Brown Bait

by SajiniW on 5th April, 2006 at 10:10 am    

I’m getting bored of seeing the literary limelight hogged by the latest anti-establishment enfant terrible. Nirpal Dhaliwal, better known as the feckless husband of the Independent’s Liz Jones, is back with his first full-length effort, entitled ‘Tourism’.

A traipse through multicultural society is all very well. It’s refreshing to see coverage of multi-cultural desi life in a non-white environment, as Rana Dasgupta has done in ‘The Flyover’ - one of the finalists nominated for the National Short Story prize. It’s good to see an Asian male writer celebrated once in a blue moon, since coverage of subcontinental fiction has been very female-centred of late.

I thought I’d finish off by letting you know the winners of the 2006 Blooker Prize were declared on Monday. The Blooker is open to English-language entrants and celebrates the blog as a literary phenomenon. My favourite, Baghdad’s Riverbend didn’t romp home with the prize. Neither did the most amusing ‘Belle du Jour’. Either way, it’s nice to know that immediacy and reactivity are being celebrated in a way they weren’t before.

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  1. squared — on 5th April, 2006 at 10:46 am  

    I was going to post something intellectual, but fuck me, Mr Dasgupta is fit. Even if he has an unfortunate name.

  2. Jay Singh — on 5th April, 2006 at 11:25 am  

    Ouch - Nirpal Singh Dhaliwal gets owned in that article…

  3. Bopper — on 10th April, 2006 at 4:03 pm  

    If he’s been married to that vacuous harpy he could do with an award as a consolation. Although if he’s made such a calamitous mistake with his life he probably doesn’t deserve one for intelligence.

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