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Anand Mahadevan

Anand Mahadevan was born in India and moved at the age of seventeen to the United States where he completed both undergraduate and graduate university degrees. He has also studied in Canada, Germany and Switzerland. Mahadevan immigrated to Canada in 1996 and settled in Toronto where he was a secondary school teacher and administrator and a creative writing instructor at the University of Toronto. He is now the Senior School Principal at the Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School in Calgary.


The Strike

Toronto: TSAR , 2006.
PS8625 .A376 S87 2006

Publisher’s Synopsis

Twelve-year-old Hari tries to make sense of his tumultuous and complex world in 1980s India. His experiment at eating fish leads to the accidental death of his grandmother; his preference for Hindi over his mother tongue Tamil leads to slanderous graffiti against his family in Madras; and his friendship with the family maid lands him in trouble with a militant Tamil film fan and political functionary called Vishu.
Matters come to a head when MGR, a film star turned politician, dies and his supporters led by Vishu declares a railway strike, trapping Hari and his mother in a train bound for Madras…

Selected Criticism and Interpretation

Chilana, Rajwant Singh. “Anand Mahadevan.” In South Asian Writers in Canada: A Bio-Bibliographical Study. Surrey, BC: Asian Publications, 2017, 164.
Z1376 .S68 C45 2017


Publisher Mawenzi House (formerly TSAR)

Anand Mahadevan personal website