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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Pakistani author HM Naqvi’s 'Homeboy': Immigrant’s tale!

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Immigrant’s tale

Racy, riveting and brimming with energy, Homeboy grabs your attention instantly. Pakistani author HM Naqvi’s chronicle on the lives of three 20-something Muslim men, in NYC post 9/11 has got rave reviews worldwide.
How did it feel to be the recipient of the first DSC award?

This award is an exciting development for South Asian writers. The short list was announced at the Shakespeare Globe Theatre and had eminent judges. It is a well-conceived prize so it makes me happy.
Why did you choose the title Homeboy?

It's a kind of a colloquial expression for the term yaar. It’s something Chuck hasn’t really heard of. But the real reason appears in the latter half of the novel.
Most books that have touched upon this subject are filled with angst. You have managed to portray the post 9/11 saga in a witty manner. Was that deliberate?

The first half of the book is very different from the latter half. It’s a tragic-comedy and the tone does change gradually. Books like Joseph Heller’s Catch 22 and Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughter House Five that focus on World War 1 have more resonance than Ernest Hemingway’s The Son Also Rises. I like to create characters that remain with the reader and are animated.

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