Remembering Octavia Butler: 1947 – 2006

by Vipasha Bansal  “I lost an arm on my last trip home. My left arm.” This is how the story of Dana begins in Kindred, my first Octavia Butler novel. I read these words on a bus, home-bound from New York. I had heard of this author and knew to expect some mystery, some fantasy, some… Read More

Citizenship as alienation: where is the immigrant’s nation?

by Vipasha Bansal  A Dutch passport containing an Indian name and a photograph of an Indian looking person invokes a paradox. A message of mobility and citizenship at an airport customs counter becomes simultaneously blended with othering and minority status. We – “immigrants” – traverse the public spaces of our (new) nation-states, adopt phrases and… Read More