Deepa Anappara | 'His voice really came from my experience as a reporter'

Deepa Anappara | 'His voice really came from my experience as a reporter'

The roots of Deepa Anappara's exceptional debut novel lie in her experience as a news reporter in India, a job she did for 11 years, specialising in education. She worked in cities such as Mumbai and Delhi, interviewing children who lived in the basti (slums) to find out whether the government’s education policies were reaching them. They spoke freely to her about their lives. "One of the things that kept coming up," she recalls, "was the disappearances of children, particularly in the north, where as many as 20 or 30 children had disappeared over a span of two or three years. Nothing had b...

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