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Anita Desai and Raj Khamal Jha

Hay Festival 1999 , 
Desai's In Custody is a "magnificent novel" - Salman Rushdie, about a small town scholar's visit to interview a famed poet. Widely tipped for superstardom, Jha's Calcutta novel The Blue Bedspread has been hailed by John Fowles as 'something remarkable, almost a coming of age of the Indian novel'.