The Red Carpet by Lavanya Sankaran
Bangalore Stories

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Wry humor and a delicious grasp of the friction between generations in Bangalore are the hallmarks of Lavanya Sankaran’s fresh, deeply nuanced debut collection. “A potpourri of beggars and billionaires and determinedly laid-back ways,” Bangalore, India’s own Silicon Valley, is a crucible for prosperity, and at the chaotic crossroads between past and present. Here, American-trained professionals like Tara return to their old-fashioned families with heads full of Quentin Tarantino dialogue; a successful entrepreneur is shaken when his partner suddenly reneges on their plan to return to America; a traditional Indian mother slyly circumvents her Western-educated daughter’s resistance to marriage; a neighborhood gossip is determined to discover what goes on behind the closed curtains of the hip young couple across the street; a chauffeur must reconcile his more orthodox credos with his employer’s miniskirt lifestyle.

Witty, affectionate, and wonderfully wise, Lavanya Sankaran’s first collection attests to her remarkable literary talent.

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LAVANYA SANKARAN is the author of The Red Carpet, a collection of short stories set in Bangalore, India. The book spent two years at the top of the bestseller lists, making Lavanya Hachette's largest-selling Indian author. It is currently sold in fifteen countries. Lavanya has written for the Atlantic Monthly, the Wall Street Journal, the Times of India and Outlook among other publications in America, India, Italy and France. She studied at Bryn Mawr College and lives in Bangalore. Her first novel, The Hope Factory, will be published by Random House in American and Hachette in Britain and India.

Author Residence: Bangalore, India

Author Hometown: Bangalore, India
Published December 18, 2007 by The Dial Press. 226 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In “Alphabet Soup,” a young Indian woman who has grown up in America and attended elitist East Coast schools decides it’s time to fulfill “multicultural obligations” and head back to India, where she can proudly be “Brown in a Brown country.” She defies her father, who made the choice to come to ...

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