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Love at Fortysomething by Vikram Kapur
Over the years, Indian literature has explored various incarnations of womanhood—be it the girl child, the single woman, the lover, the wife, the mother or the grandmother. When it comes to manhood, however, its cupboard is relatively bare. Love at Fortysomething seeks to address some of this imbalance through a collection of short stories that focuses on men in their forties. Within Indian convention, the middle-aged man is cast as a strong authority figure who eschews emotion in favour of duty. He keeps his doubts and vulnerabilities at bay while fulfilling his role as his family’s provider and decision maker. This collection of stories seeks to go beyond this stereotype to lay bare the middle-aged man’s heart and soul.
Vikram Kapur has a PhD in creative and critical writing from the University of East Anglia where he received the India-Africa bursary. He has published three novels and several short stories and essays in notable publications around the world. His short stories have been shortlisted or longlisted in several competitions which include, among others, the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and the Fish International Short Story Prize. He has received fellowships for residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Canserrat Arts Center. He is currently Professor of English at Shiv Nadar University. His website is www.vikramkapur.com.