Uday Prakash is one of the few front-ranking writers of contemporary Hindi fiction to enjoy a multi-lingual readership. His Sahitya Akademi-award winning novel, Mohandas (2010), has been made into a Hindi film starring Sonali Kulkarni. His books have been translated into English and German. Longlisted for the American Literary Translation Association's 2014 National Translation Award, Prakash's The Girl with the Golden Parasol has been published by Yale University Press. Through the pages of his novels and short stories, the slum child, the labourer, the sweeper, the judge forced to retire, the schoolteacher, mark their noisy protest. This is a world the writer knows. A former assistant professor at JNU, Prakash stays in Vaishali, a once dusty margin in between Delhi and Ghaziabad now ringed by malls and luxury hotels. Here, he talks about the provocation behind his decision, the subsequent social media furore and the fratricidal Hindi literary establishment.