Author Jaspreet Singh on the ghosts of history

From the collecton New Zealand Festival

Jaspreet Singh's novel 'Helium' addresses memories of the 1984 pogrom against the Sikhs following Indira Gandhi's assassination. He was a teenager in Delhi at the time, and writing the novel served to process memories he had tried to forget. His earlier novel, 'Chef', is the story of two cooks in the Indian army serving in Kashmir, and explores the India-Pakistan conflict. Singh was born in India and moved to Canada in 1990, where he completed a doctorate in chemical engineering before deciding to focus full-time on writing.

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