ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Thirty Years and Two Disparate Social Imaginaries

An Engagement with Camus

Existentialism and writers like Albert Camus have influenced literature and thought, including in India, since the 1960s. This account of the engagement of an Indian writer - from his teens to maturity - with Camus tries to look at this influence, its validity and its relationship with the Indian social imaginary. It argues that the content of "the absurd" and the realisation of the limitations of "modernity" were very different in Indian conditions from those prevalent in post-war Europe, even though there were overlaps.

Dear Albert Camus,

Any relationship in which one party knows the other quite closely and the other is totally oblivious of the first is a weird relationship. We share such a relationship. So my friend, with whom I have developed closer ties and growing differences over the last three decades and more, spread over vast difference in time and place, let me take this opportunity to reduce this imbalance that has existed in our relationship.

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