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Afternoon Masala
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“Dense with narrative details of a transnational life, these poems are suffused with a peculiarly Indian synesthesia—’the air thick enough to bite, rinsing/ fingertips with color.’ Vandana Khanna, in her second prize-winning book, gives us a series of panoramic spectacles—children watching horror films in Delhi, Merle Oberon on her latest Bollywood film role, stolen lemons wrapped in yesterday’s newspaper. Colors and crime collide with the likes of Garbo and Rekha in this tender and smart collection of poems.” —Kazim Ali, author of Sky Ward and Bright Felon Vandana Khanna is an instructor at the University of Southern California and the author of Train to Agra. She is the 2013 winner of the Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. I
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Insignificant Beginnings
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. Between Bogart and Amitabh Bachchan
  2. p. 5
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  1. My Mother at JFK
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. Working
  2. pp. 8-9
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  1. Love and Rummy
  2. pp. 10-11
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  1. Romance in Many Movements
  2. pp. 12-13
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  1. American Horror
  2. p. 14
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  1. For Nancy Drew
  2. p. 15
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  1. The Blessed
  2. pp. 16-17
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  1. Recipe for Discontent
  2. p. 18
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  1. Inferior Goddess
  2. pp. 19-20
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  1. II
  2. pp. 21-22
  1. Mantra for a New Bride
  2. pp. 23-24
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  1. Merle Oberon after Her Accident
  2. p. 25
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  1. Audrey Hepburn and the Westerns
  2. pp. 26-27
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  1. Blue
  2. p. 28
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  1. Water and Wine
  2. p. 29
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  1. Madame Destiny
  2. pp. 30-31
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  1. Knots
  2. pp. 32-33
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  1. Red Mantra
  2. pp. 34-35
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  1. Wilted
  2. p. 36
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  1. III
  2. pp. 37-38
  1. The Masala of the Afternoon
  2. pp. 39-40
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  1. Before Color
  2. p. 41
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  1. Trademarks of Desire
  2. pp. 42-43
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  1. That Shade of Green Known as Blooming
  2. p. 44
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  1. In the Kitchen
  2. pp. 45-46
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  1. Lemons: A Love Letter
  2. p. 47
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  1. Sunlight and Chilies
  2. pp. 48-49
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  1. After Developing
  2. pp. 50-51
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  1. Summer Mantra
  2. p. 52
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  1. Lost Tongue
  2. pp. 53-54
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