Bihari author’s book features in the list of Obama’s favourite books of 2018

With the beginning of 2019 we are stepping into the new year with new expectations and new goals to achieve. But as the previous year ended, it left us with many learning and takeaways. We often create a list of good things we did so that we could reflect back on the positives of last year.  Everyone has their own list of events and activities but what if you get to know that you’re on someone’s list of activities, for good reasons obviously. You’d feel blithesome about the fact that you brought happiness in someone’s life and if you’re included in the list of, none other than, Barack Obama- the 44th president of the United States- your level of ecstasy will increase by 200% for sure. This is exactly what happened with Amitava Kumar- a Bihari author, when his latest novel Immigrant, Montana featured in the Barack Obama’s year-end list of his most loved books of 2018.

Barack Obama, in his Facebook post, said,

“As 2018 draws to a close, I’m continuing a favorite tradition of mine and sharing my year-end lists. It gives me a moment to pause and reflect on the year through the books, movies, and music that I found most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved. It also gives me a chance to highlight talented authors, artists, and storytellers – some who are household names and others who you may not have heard of before.”

As 2018 draws to a close, I’m continuing a favorite tradition of mine and sharing my year-end lists. It gives me a…

Posted by Barack Obama on Friday, December 28, 2018


Amitava Kumar, after being enlisted in the year-end book list of the first African-American President of the United States, couldn’t help his ecstasy and wrote on his Facebook wall,

“First of all, I’m ecstatic that I’m on any list with the former First Lady Michelle Obama on it. Second, of course, I’m very happy that President Obama read my novel and liked it enough to recommend it.”

Amitava Kumar is famous for his books like A Matter Of Rats, Husband of a Fanatic, Bombay-London-New York and the book of poems No Tears for the N.R.I.

He was born in city of Arrah in Bihar on 17th March 1963. He grew up in Patna and did his schooling from St Michael’s High School. He got his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Hindu College, Delhi University in 1984. He also holds two master’s degrees in Linguistics and Literature from Delhi University (1986) and Syracuse University (1988) respectively. In 1993, he received his doctoral degree from the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota. He is currently living with his family in Poughkeepsie, New York where he is Helen D. Lockwood Professor of English at Vassar College. In 2016, Amitava Kumar was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship (General Nonfiction) as well as a Ford Fellowship in Literature from United States Artists.

His book Immigrant, Montana explores the intersection of the sexual matters and the political scenario and shows us the insights to the life of an immigrant.

“In telling the story of an immigrant trying to grapple with American campus life, Amitava Kumar has written a bold and provocative counter-narrative: an insider novel that takes occasional pride in its opacity, winking across the room at lit-crit students, developing world feminists and pre-millennial Indians.” taken from the book review of Immigrant, Montana by The Guardian.

We at PatnaBeats congratulate Amitava Kumar for being honoured in such special way and bringing
pride to Bihar as always. We wish that he witness more such glorious moments in future.


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Quote of the day:“The writer will write in his or her words, but the readers,
 even when they are not reading you, will take it elsewhere entirely.
 -Amitava Kumar

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