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India Today issue dt December 13, 1999
Dec 13, 1999

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Uday Prakash, 47
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Over the past five years, scathing short stories like Aur Ant Mein Prarthna, Paul Gomra ka Scooter and Warren Hastings ka Saand have marked him as refreshingly different. It has driven heated discussion in Hindi literary circles. American literary magazine Critical Enquiry wrote about Paul Gomra as a story which truly depicts "third world reality". Says poet Vishnu Khare: "He  has a vision of Indian life and history and a command over language which few writers have."

This disenchanted Marxist -- "A writer's concern has to be for people and the realities of his time, not any ideology," he says -- was born into a zamindar family in Madhya Pradesh. Uday Prakash lost his parents while still a teenager and was brought up by a schoolteacher. All the while, he was building up a "seething anger". He's now working on a novel -- his first -- on the "lost identity of man, so-called development" and "violence in society". We're waiting.

-Ashok Kumar

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