Sunday, April 09, 2006
Shalini Akhil and 'The Bollywood Beauty'
I met Shalini at the Melbourne Writers' Festival lst year, bought her book, 'The Bollywood Beauty' and read it straight away. It's a fun read and particularly interesting for readers interested in Fiji and migration.
Her blogsite reveals a young intelligent woman, and there's a great interview with her on a hot ashes site where Shalini is very honest about her search and understanding of identity about being a kai-India from Fiji. I noticed that in the scenes where the main characters are in Nadi-Lautoka for Christmas, there is absolutely no interaction with the indigenous Fijian community and wondered why not.