A book about being a teenager in Pakistan and India. Through letters we follow the lives of four girls, two wealthy and two poor, two Pakistani and two Indian. Two who know exactly what their future holds and two who are convinced that they will never measure up.
Antara Ganguly works in international development and is a frequent contributor to Indian and international publications on gender and education policy. She was selected to be an Asia Society Young Leader for India and Pakistani in 2014. Her first novel, The Buggles, was published in 2001. She lives in New York.
A warm and funny love letter written across borders - India and Pakistan need letters like these now more than ever. -- Fatima Bhutto
Antara Ganguli uses a difficult literary device - letters between two Indian Pakistani protagonists - to create a narrative that immediately draws you into their intimate worlds, which are as intertwined as they are separate. Tracing their lives through a jaunty exchange of missives chronicling highs, lows, disappointments and hurts, building up gradually to disturbing events on both sides of the border, the reader gets drawn into the complex world of a friendship that refuses to recognise ugly politics but steadfastly focuses on empathy and affection. -- Shobhaa De
In Tanya Tania, Antara Ganguli effortlessly pulls off a terrific feat: she makes the redoubtable old form of the epistolary novel feel fresh and vibrant and profoundly affecting. This story of two teenaged girls grows deeper and more troubling as you read it, so that, by the end, you will be holding your breath and reading swiftly to see what happens. -- Lauren Grof
Tania Ghosh, on the threshold of a confused, unsupervised adulthood in Bombay, is in an abusive relationship with her lover. Tania Talati, her counterpart in Karachi, is hounded by political thugs' threats to kidnap her brother. The girls' stories are revealed in a candid and perceptive exchange of letters and bear witness to a cataclysmic end. Ganguli is a passionate and compelling writer. -- Bapsi Sidhwa