Philip Maughan

Rich Man, Poor Man

The Year of the Runaways

By

Picador 480pp £14.99 order from our bookshop

‘This life,’ wails Gurpreet, the eldest of thirteen legal and not-so-legal Indian migrants sharing a tiny flat in north Sheffield, ‘it makes everything a competition. A fight. For work, for money … And it doesn’t matter how much stronger than everyone else you are, there’s always a fucking chamaar you have to share the work with, or a rich boy who can afford a wife.’

The chamaar he has in mind – chamaars being the loathed ‘untouchables’ who sit beneath the Indian caste system – is Tarlochan Kumar. The ‘rich boy’ is Randeep Sanghera. A third addition to the ensemble, Avtar Singh, is a ‘scooter’ (he has a student visa), while a fourth, Narinder Kaur, is the British woman who agreed to marry Randeep,

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • 'Pollan has no doubt that the use of psychedelics could have a powerfully beneficial effect on a range of condition… ,
    • A memoir about an Untouchable family and the 'formation of modern India': 'Ants among Elephants' by @gidla_sujatha… ,
    • RT : First founded in Edinburgh in 1979, is considered a trusted independent source for reviews of new book… ,
    • 'In different ways Hatherley makes gritty Lódź and poor old which-country-are-we-in-this-week Lviv sound entrancing… ,
    • In this issue Lucy Popescu discusses the miscarriages of justice occurring in the investigation over Maltese journa… ,
    • 'Rodin’s fascination with ancient Greek sculpture is part of a long and distinguished French tradition.' A review o… ,
    • The New Testament, in a new translation by David Bentley Hart, reviewed by Salley Vickers ,