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Firdaus Kanga was born in Bombay with osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease), a condition that prevented his bones from growing beyond a certain point. Also this condition meant that his bones had the potential of breaking easily. As a result, he spent most of his early years bedridden, not attending school, leaving his home only occasionally to attend the cinema with his family. It was not until he was nineteen that he obtained his first wheelchair. Kanga 's family expected him to become a solicitor, but he did not find his experiences in law school satisfying. On the other hand, he did study journalism and, in 1987, was awarded a prize in a British Council short-story competition. After receiving a degree in history from the University of Bombay, he moved to England in 1989 and it was there that his publishing career began with the appearance of Trying to Grow in 1990 and a travelogue, Heaven on Wheels, the next year. He is now working on a second novel, which is set in India.

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South Asian Novelists in English: An A to Z Guide


Jaina C. Sanga


South Asian Novelists in English: An A-to-Z Guide by Jaina C. Sanga, ed. Copyright © 2003 by Jaina C. Sanga. All rights reserved. Reproduced with permission of ABC-CLIO, LLC, Santa Barbara, CA.



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