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Writers and Company | Feb 10, 2013 | 52:44

Making Waves: Voices from the Jaipur Festival - Part 1

Performance poet, journalist, and former drug addict Jeet Thayil. His debut novel, "Narcopolis" has won the prestigious DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2013. Set in the opium dens of Bombay, the novel was also shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize.

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