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Sukhdev Sandhu, Writer

Dr Sukhdev Sandhu was educated at Oxford and has taught English literature at New York University. He is the author of London Calling: How Black and Asian Writers Imagined A City (HarperCollins, 2003). Currently chief film critic of the Daily Telegraph, he also writes for the London Review of Books and Modern Painters

Dr Sukhdev Sandhu

  • Sukhdev Sandhu's book has already created something of a stir in newspaper review columns and literary circles, which means that those interested in Black and Asian writers connected with London probably already know about it. It has been both extravagantly endorsed and stringently criticized, which suggests it has touched a nerve in some aspects of contemporary British culture. As I am reviewing it for an academic journal, rather than for a newspaper, I shall be both considering the book and some of these telling reactions in newspapers review columns.

    <2> In the main, there is very much to commend in this voluminous, expansive account of how Asian and Black writers imaginatively reconstructed London in their own terms as a kind of city of the mind, whose representations have come to influence how contemporary ....more

  • Paradise Syndrome
    Sukhdev Sandhu

    Midnight All Day by Hanif Kureishi

    Hanif Kureishi got me beaten up. Admittedly it was by my dad. At home, as at the factory where for more than half of his life he had been a semi-skilled machine operator, he preferred to communicate with his hands. Yet as his fists whacked into my face I thought, then as now, how right he was to do what he was doing.

    He had come to England in 1965, spurred by the promise of quick wealth and the chance to flex his masculinity. Sikhs have traditionally been among the most enterprising, far-travelling people in India. At the end of the 19th century my father's grandfather had sailed to Australia, where he worked for twenty years. Now it was his turn to assert his independence, to nudge at the frontiers of possibility. Squeezed into a tiny box-room in the Hounslow house of his elder brother........more

  • London Calling
    Sukhdev Sandhu

    London is evolving into a different country to the rest of Britain. Part of that is the centralisation of financial, cultural, media and political power within the M25. Much more of it is about migration. The Economist believes that the unfettered flow of the world's workers to our capital is helping ease 100,000 Britons per year out as property becomes too expensive.....more

  • World Wide Web
    Meet Pavitr Prabhakar, Marvel Comics’ latest spin on Spider-Man.
    Can a local hero ?nd his home in modern Mumbai?
    By Sukhdev Sandhu

    Kipling, who wrote “East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,” would doubtless raise a bushy eyebrow at the news.........more

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