14 May 2006
Toronto for writers
We know about south Asian writing from Delhi, Bombay, London, New York and LA. Vanity Fair takes us to the land of Rohinton Mistry, M. G. Vassanji, Shyam Selvadurai, and Rabindranath Maharaj. Where else but to Toronto, the writers' capital of the north, which also boasts a DesiLit chapter? There are other Torontonians whom Vanity Fair doesn't mention: Nurjehan Aziz who runs TSAR publications with her partner Moyez Vassanji, Shani Mootoo, Anar Ali, and Nazneen Sadiq. And these are just a handful of writers in English. Although Urdu poetry may be fading in India, there's quite a scene for it in Toronto. Hindi. Punjabi, and Tamil writings also flourish.