Amitava Kumar is a writer and journalist born in Ara, Bihar, who grew up in the nearby town of Patna, famous for its corruption, crushing poverty, and delicious mangoes. Kumar is the author of A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb (2010), Home Products: A Novel (2007), Husband of a Fanatic (2004), Bombay-London-New York (2002), and Passport Photos (2000). He is also the author of a book of poems and the scriptwriter for two documentary films, Pure Chutney (1997) and Dirty Laundry (2005). Currently, he is Professor of English at Vassar College. He lives in upstate New York with his wife and two children.
Nov. 2010 WLT
The nurse left work at five o’clock.
She had seen the dead woman’s husband sitting, near the entrance, under the yellow sign that Doctor Ahmed had hung some months ago. “While You Wait, Meditate.” He was sitting with his arms crossed, elbows cupped in the palms of his hands, and hadn’t looked up when she passed him on her way out.
Just after lunch, a convoy had come from th...