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It's refreshingly ladd-ish in its writing like most lad magazines and the honesty/aimlessness can be cutting but at the end of the day, it's fiction and we take away what we want to read about it of the Asian immigrant/GBLT experience. racism of his childhood, the struggle of his parents in making ends meet are a appropriate back-story for the langurous character Puppy is. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. But it was striking how many of the women I work with turned out to be deeply involved in this soap-opera-in-a-column and felt strongly about him, even angry (about which more later).

Dhaliwal's eyes, seen through his famously long eyelashes (both his book and his wife's mention them approvingly) glint with excitement.When he was 11, his father went bankrupt and descended into manic depression; Nirpal then became "this horrible teen - vicious, selfish .

Set in London, the author is a journalist (evening standard / guardian) known for baiting the public with faux-controversy similar to Julie Burchill - but i think his honesty is genius and admirable and his observations well made.She is an avid reader of Liz Jones, and it turns out she's got a few issues she'd like to bring up with Nirpal .

As the afternoon goes by and the drinks go down (vodka and tonic for him, beer for me), the Paxman-keen edge to my interviewing technique becomes slightly blunted by the alcohol. In 1973, aged 23, my dad, who had moved to the UK from Punjab with his family in the 1950s, came home on leave from Belize, where he served with the British Army. Nirpal Dhaliwal is a British journalist and novelist, based in London and New Delhi, who has written for publications including The Times, The Guardian, Daily Mail and the Evening Standard. When i started reading the book I wondered if in the end I was going to enjoy it but the further you get into it the more insightful it becomes until the end of the book when i didn't want it to finish. Michael, Shamir and I were among the few darkies there that night; other than sexual difference, it wasn't a very mixed crowd.

He says he hasn't done his book as a response to Liz's writing, to put over his side, but admits subconsciously there may be something like that going on. All social and racial taboos are thrown to the wind as Puppy 'screws' his white friends in more way than one.

I'm sure the author was trying to tell the reader something but couldn't figure out what exactly it was. I like the way white chicks dance: black and Asian women, coming from cultures of the drum, can be too concerned with their performance and somewhat restrained. But what was amusing was that while I was there, the popularity of the Mockney accent really took off. Not in the way they want to be loved - exclusively, with unwavering attention - but in my own, selfish, utterly sincere way.Bhupinder 'Puppy' Singh Johal - handsome, rakish and spiritually disenfranchised - has left behind the immigrant neighbourhood of Southall to mix with the elite of metropolitan London society. If the author wanted to make Puppy a cynic and get mileage from the social commentary then he could have at least made him an anti hero. I have not doubt if he gets a more interesting subject matter, and a better directed plot that he will become a very successful author.

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