Helium by Jaspreet Singh

heliumJaspreet Singh’s book laments the loss of talent to emigration because of India’s ethnic divisions (Toronto Star)

Jaspreet Singh, the Indian chemical engineer turned author who has lived in Canada since 1990, is an unfortunate anomaly among the nation’s writers. His first two books, published by Quebec’s Vehicule Press, garnered regional acclaim : recognition within Montreal literary circles, a provincial prize or two, but ignorance across the rest of the country. When his first novel, 2009’s Chef, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, it was quickly picked up for publication in the U.K., U.S., and numerous other territories, where it was widely read and reviewed. He may have been translated into five languages and published around the world, but Singh still couldn’t catch a break in Canada.

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