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Ameen Merchant

Ameen Merchant was born in Bombay/Mumbai and raised in Madras, India. He now lives in Vancouver, B.C. where he is writing a second novel and working in radio broadcasting.


The Silent Raga

Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 2007.
PS8626 .E7528 S55 2007

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

Meet Janaki and Mallika, two sisters from a middle-class Brahmin family in Madras, India. Janaki is a musical prodigy, sublimely gifted on the veena, but will soon be eighteen and dreads her aunt’s schemes for an arranged marriage. Eschewing tradition, she runs off with a Muslim Bollywood star. Years later, Mallika receives a letter from Janaki, who is returning to Madras.

Awards and Honours

2007 Alcuin Society Award for Excellence in Book Design in Canada–Prose Fiction category: (2nd prize (tie)) ; Designer: Jessica Sullivan

Selected Criticism and Interpretation

Chilana, Rajwant Singh. “Ameen Merchant.” In South Asian Writers in Canada: A Bio-Bibliographical Study. Surrey, BC: Asian Publications, 2017, 163.
Z1376 .S68 C45 2017


Publisher Douglas & McIntyre

Interviews with Merchant from the Douglas & McIntyre website