Piali Roy is a freelance writer in Toronto whose work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Desi Life (Toronto Star magazine), Yonge Street, Far Eastern Economic Review, feer.com, Quill & Quire, spacing, Ascent, Shift, Canadian Business, Vancouver Sun, Art Gallery of Ontario, This Magazine, ROM Magazine, India Today, Himal magazine and Rediff on the Net. She has also written for Maytree Foundation (Cities of Migration).
Her radio documentaries have aired on Ideas and Tapestry on CBC Radio One and won awards from the South Asian Journalists’ Association. They include The Bhagavad Gita, Calcutta Calling, In Conversation with Edward Said, Madame Helena Blavatsky and Rabindranath Tagore.
- March 27, 2015
Book Review: Civilization and Its Discontents: Dispatches from Lahore, New York, and London by Mohsin Hamid, Toronto Star
Hamid observes how America’s frenemy, Pakistan, “plays a recurring role as villain in the horror subindustry which is the news business.”
- February 13, 2015
Book Review: Cover Before Striking by Priscila Uppal, Toronto Star
Sometimes you just want to pull out a book and sink deep into it. Priscila Uppal’s first collection of short stories, Cover Before Striking, is not one of those books. It aims to unsettle and even confound the reader. There is nothing to take for granted.
- January 21, 2015, Globe and Mail
Faceoff: Are France’s shocking cartoons hurtful or beneficial to minorities
How can you fight racism with racism?
The Charlie Hebdo cartoons are just jokes, right? More funny than racist. What is wrong with a series of a nude Mohammeds, genitalia exposed, or the prophet moaning, “It’s hard being loved by jerks,” or a black justice minister depicted as a monkey?
E-mail: piali DOT roy AT gmail DOT com