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Moving complaint

Hanif Kureishi was miffed and confused to find himself on a panel discussion titled, ‘Migrant Words’. The English writer, whose father moved from India to Pakistan during Partition and then to Britain, was born in London and went to the same school as David Bowie.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2010 21:47 IST

Hanif Kureishi was miffed and confused to find himself on a panel discussion titled, ‘Migrant Words’. The English writer, whose father moved from India to Pakistan during Partition and then to Britain, was born in London and went to the same school as David Bowie. “I’ve lived all my life in London, and all the migration I’ve done is 20 miles — from one part of London to another.” His co-panelists Shadia Shepard and Tania James, both non-migrant American writers, listened on unmoved.

A tag team
Brit author Louis de Bernières was mugged by a photographer on Saturday. Well, sort of. “He wanted to take a picture of me without my delegate tag showing. He took the tag and never gave it back,” said the writer of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. The tag is a precious commodity as only by showing it can delegates get lunch, dinner and drinks for free. De Bernières smiled under his cream hat after getting a new tag. “I am so
looking forward to a drink and meal.”