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Tabish Khair worked as a reporter for Indian papers in Bihar and Delhi before moving to Copenhagen, where he painted houses, delivered newspapers, and washed dishes. He eventually completed a Ph.D. in Denmark and went on to become one of the most iconoclastic and prolific Indian English-language writers of his generation.
The explosion blossomed in the distance. A huge fireball rolled over the dark trees in yellow fury. Steve hid his eyes behind his hand. A gust of wind enveloped the men, filled with dry heat and the scent of gasoline.