The Orphan Review

Leaving India

I’m sure this is happening to many, many freelance writers these days.  As print pages shrink, stories that are not killed are becoming orphans, lucky to land online.  My final review for the Toronto Star’s Desi Life, Minal Hajratwala’s Leaving India: My Family’s Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents has survived the cancellation of the magazine and is now on the Web.    

Here’s an excerpt:

If there is a genre that gets little respect, it is the story of the second generation revisiting the motherland, trying to understand what compelled their parents to leave in the first place. San Francisco-based journalist, poet and activist Minal Hajratwala takes this convention and turns it on its head by telling the story of the modern global family in Leaving India: My Family’s Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents.

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