How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Hello everybody, my name is Rajiv Menon and I am the English department’s new communications liaison. I am a junior, majoring in English and International Affairs. In addition to working with the English department, I also intern at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program and tutor at GW’s writing center. Also, in addition to writing for this blog, I also contribute to the blog Hadji is Dead, which covers various aspects of South Asian American politics and culture. Throughout the semester, I’ll be posting about various aspects of English undergraduate life on this blog and I hope to hear from GW’s English undergraduates about your experiences and interests.

Since it is the first week of school and summer is still fresh in our memories, I felt it would be appropriate to share the books I enjoyed this summer. Based on my summer reading, there are a bunch of books I’d like to whole-heartedly recommend:
1. Evening is the Whole Day by Preeta Samarasan
2. Blindness by Jose Saramago
3. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
4. Never Let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
5. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
6. The House of Blue Mangoes by David Davidar
7. The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
8. Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting by Vijay Prashad

I look forward to working with the department and keep checking the blog for updates!

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