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Manil Suri's tremendously successful first novel, The Death of Vishnu, launched an entirely new and parallel career for the Bombay-born mathematician, a tenured professor at the University of Maryland. Following it up with The Age of Shiva, Suri continues to examine post-Colonial India, mining the social, religious and political upheavals that unfolded in an epic, twenty-five year span. Meera - the flawed, obstinate, and passionate narrator - marries a man below her level in class and education, and told through her eyes, The Age of Shiva presents history as a backdrop to her complicated, fascinating life. Among other topics, Manil Suri talks about his dual professions, growing up gay in India, and the research undertaken to create an accurate portrayal of a very devoted mother.