IN the old days, before English became a naturalised post-colonial Indian language, the pioneers of the Indian English novel wrote the Queen's English. They felt, as poet Kamala Das puts it, responsible towards the language. "We didn't take English lightly. We felt we had to beat the British at their own game. We read Anna Karenina and Madame Bovary, we were romantics."
"But Arundhati uses English as a plaything. She can spit at correct English. She is Cinderella and fame is her prince. We are trying to sell India to the West and she has succeeded," Das exclaims, adding that she likes Roy very much.