Monday, March 8, 2010

My name is Imran

UK-based author Imran Ahmad talks to Jahnavi Achrekar on his debut novel Unimagined, which presents life in Britain as experienced by a Muslim boy.

“Imran Ahmad was lucky enough to attend Hampton Grammar School, but too lazy to get the grades he needed to get into medical school. Instead, he ended up at Stirling University in Scotland, learning about Chemistry, Islam and women. Ultimately he was quite successful in Chemistry and became quite knowledgeable about Islam as well…” reads UK author Imran Ahmad's bio on the blog about his book Unimagined: A Muslim Boy Meets the West (Aurum, 2008).

A book written at an opportune time, there's no denying that post 9/11 and 7/7, Unimagined unabashedly exploits the political climate to make itself heard. However, humour makes a powerful tool when socially relevant and you may find that Unimagined is successful in striking that balance, by presenting a thought-provoking debate even as it makes you laugh out loud. Excerpts from an interview with Imran Ahmad

Any reasons for choosing the memoir as a form? Why not fictionalise your life events?

Full report here Hindu

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