January 16, 2021

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In praise of Ian Jack’s small town India

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Ian Jack reported from Motihari, George Orwell's birthplace, in India's dirt-poor Bihar state (courtesy BBC)
Ian Jack reported from Motihari, George Orwell’s birthplace, in India’s dirt-poor Bihar state (courtesy BBC)

Author Amitava Kumar explains why Jack is a rare writer, chronicling India’s neglected, small towns (BBC News)

A lifetime of reporting from the Indian subcontinent – that is one way to describe a recent anthology of journalist Ian Jack’s writing, collected under the evocative and accurate title, Mofussil Junction.

Perhaps I can get to a central truth of Jack’s reporting by recounting a story he tells in one of his earlier pieces.

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