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"I believe that writing is, above everything else, an act of creating or shaping public consciousness....Fiction writing is an attempt to ... depict the so-called small people, the unimportant people, in their complexity, and to engender empathy among people," said Manjushree Thapa, discussing her new novel.

Ms. Thapa gave the Cornell University South Asia Program 2014 Tagore Lecture in Modern Indian Literature on September 19, 2014. This lecture series is made possible by a generous gift from Professor Emeritus Narahari Umanath Prabhu and Mrs. Suman Prabhu.

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