AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF POLITICAL BLACKNESS

POST 2. History is a tale of many ‘Accidents.’ Today I’m thinking of something one can call ‘Accidental Political Blackness.’ Accidental Political Blackness is a part of my history. And a part of brown people’s history. Tomorrow is Juneteenth. On June 19th, 1865, Major Gen. Gordon Granger came to Galveston, TX to inform slave-owners that President Lincoln had actually freed all slaves TWO YEARS before that. The slave-owners were incensed, horrified, terrified, mortified, but compelled to obey. Still, they got those two extra years of political whiteness. ‘Accident’ of history, one might say, at least of History as written by…

Autobiography of Political Blackness

This series will be about my connection as a South Asian-American to Political Blackness, a term now in use to describe solidarity across races.

Amitav Ghosh’s Gun Island, a gripping literary and environmental thriller

When sea creatures are beaching and dying, species and humans are becoming refugees, forests are burning, storms are destroying, oceans are rising, crops are failing and viruses are prowling, it could be because humans are still not listening to ancestors.

My novel, Love’s Garden (September 2020) is about violence in war and in love

Friends, too bad I don’t even have a jacket cover yet, but please read and share, if you can, my novel #Love’s #Garden when it is published in #September 2020. I’ll be reminding you again, of course, but in the times we are living, loves are sometimes, for some, violent as war. And when it comes to world politics, the two realities — #love and #war — are being pitted against with terrific violence. It’s sort of trendy to write about violence these days. #Yeats’ poem ‘A Terrible Beauty’ is serving as a low-paid rental for some pretty unremarkable views…