Jharkhand-based Kritika Pandey, winner of the Common Wealth Short Story Prize 2020, tells MAKERS India that her life in the US has shown her how little is know about the people of India. (Kritika is a MFA holder from the University of Massachusetts.)
Talking about the MFA students’ common perceptions about India, she says, “There is a template story for every region for every context. For India it is the ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ narrative which revolves around poverty and the struggles of the working class. Any nuance or any lateral lead in the narrative unsettles them and they don’t know how to process it."