Amitava Kumar is Professor of English at Vassar College in upstate New York. He is the author of Evidence of Suspicion, a writer’s report on the global war on terrorism, and Husband of a Fanatic, an ‘Editors’ Choice’ book at The New York Times. He is also the author of Bombay-London-New York, and Passport Photos. His novel Home Products was a finalist for the Vodafone Crossword Book Award. His new book, A Matter of Rats: A Short Biography of Patna, will be published in July.