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In the Right Place at the Right Time: A Tale of Two Brothers, Rohinton and Cyrus Mistry

  • Rochelle Almeida
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Abstract

This very brief, facetious short story says it all. It tells of the stark differences that characterize the literary life of Indian writers depending on their domicile. As the brothers share the same surname, to avoid confusion I shall now refer to the subjects of this essay as Rohinton and Cyrus respectively. Success came sporadically and gradually to Cyrus, while Rohinton has been rewarded with fame and fortune. Since fame and literary prosperity seem to have depended largely on Rohinton’s place of permanent residence, might one argue that he simply happened to be in the right place at the right time?

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    The American author Jonathan Franzen is famously known to have been ‘disinvited’ to Oprah’s Book Club when he aired the view that he was not elated to have his novel The Corrections chosen for discussion, as viewers of the show were not ‘highbrow’ enough for his liking. For more details, see Kathleen Rooney (2005), Reading with Oprah: The Book Club that Changed America Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press.Google Scholar
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