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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2013
In one way or another, Manil Suri has spent his entire life charting what happens when polar opposites are brought together in unexpected and at times startling juxtapositions. Suri, 53, is an acclaimed novelist, and a career mathematician who teaches at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He spent the first two decades of his life in India and the past three in the United States. Though all his books to date have been set in Mumbai, they are written in English. Suri's debut novel, "The Death of Vishnu," set off a bidding war between 11 publishing houses in 2001.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2013
In one way or another, Manil Suri has spent his entire life charting what happens when polar opposites are brought together in unexpected and at times startling juxtapositions. Suri, 53, is an acclaimed novelist, and a career mathematician who teaches at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He spent the first two decades of his life in India and the past three in the United States. Though all his books to date have been set in Mumbai, they are written in English. Suri's debut novel, "The Death of Vishnu," set off a bidding war between 11 publishing houses in 2001.
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February 17, 2008
WHEN MANIL SURI isn't working on partial differential equations or trying to get more people interested in math, he can often be found honing his creative chops as a novelist. The professor of mathematics and statistics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County recently released his second title, The Age of Shiva, a story about maternal love and contemporary India. Suri's first novel, The Death of Vishnu, garnered the 2002 Barnes and Noble Discover Prize and was a finalist for the Pen-Faulkner Award.
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,Sun reporter | July 6, 2008
Shiva kept refusing his wife, Parvati's, pleas to give her a child, so she went by herself into the forest. She mixed together sandalwood paste and bath oil and flakes from her own body, and fashioned them into a baby, a son, and she made him just the way she wanted him to be. - From the Hindu myth about the birth of Ganesh, as recounted in "The Age of Shiva" Manil Suri and his mother, Prem, have always been the best of friends, as close as the two...
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,Sun reporter | July 6, 2008
Shiva kept refusing his wife, Parvati's, pleas to give her a child, so she went by herself into the forest. She mixed together sandalwood paste and bath oil and flakes from her own body, and fashioned them into a baby, a son, and she made him just the way she wanted him to be. - From the Hindu myth about the birth of Ganesh, as recounted in "The Age of Shiva" Manil Suri and his mother, Prem, have always been the best of friends, as close as the two...
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By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,Sun reporter | March 31, 2008
Richard C. Roberts, a founding member of the faculty of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a professor at the university for 25 years, died of cancer Thursday at his home in Columbia. He was 82. Dr. Roberts was one of five division chairmen at UMBC when it opened in 1966. As head of the mathematics and physics departments, he recruited faculty, taught courses and helped set the course for the fledgling university. He was later dean of the mathematics department. "In the formative years of the department, his vision counted a lot," said Manil Suri, a UMBC mathematics professor whom Dr. Roberts hired in 1983.
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June 22, 2008
Since 2004, Nichole Hickey has been the executive director of the Columbia Festival of the Arts, which features concerts, exhibitions, classes and workshops to connect the arts to the community. "We truly do offer something for everyone over the course of our 16-day festival each year," Hickey said. The festival runs through Saturday, ending with a performance by East Village Opera Company, a musical group composed of a string quartet, five-piece band and two singers. Hickey and her husband, Michael, live in Columbia with their dogs, Bebe and Caity.
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By Joan Mellen and By Joan Mellen,Special to the Sun | January 21, 2001
"The Death of Vishnu," by Manil Suri. W. W. Norton. 295 pages. $24.95. The fad for fiction from India by Indian writers beats on, the latest example being "The Death of Vishnu," by Manil Suri, a University of Maryland mathematics professor. For this first book, steeped in the requisite exoticism, W. W. Norton paid a whopping $350,000 advance. Rights were promptly sold to 13 countries and counting. The mathematics professor told Time magazine, modestly, that he did not see himself giving up his math.
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March 9, 2008
The Age of Shiva By Manil Suri Norton / 455 pages / $25 The second novel from University of Maryland Baltimore County mathematics professor Manil Suri follows Meera Sawhney from her unhappy 1950s marriage to aspiring singer Dev Arora through to her own son's coming of age. After an impulsive act forces Meera's marriage at 17, her complex, controlling father decries her tying herself (and her family) to the provincial, lower-class Aroras. Meera soon finds herself pulled in different directions by her in-laws' religious orthodoxy, her father's progressivism, her husband's alcoholism and her resentment.
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By Jennifer Choi and Jennifer Choi,Sun reporter | April 17, 2008
Gregg Wilhelm wants literary arts to step out of the shadows of its more sociable cousins. He's the helmsman of CityLit Festival V, a daylong celebration of the written word, which takes over the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Central Library on Saturday. "Literary arts are just as important and creative and enlightening as going to the BMA or Center Stage," said Wilhelm. "But they have this weird dilemma of often being created and consumed in solitude." The festival, which includes panel discussions, workshops, readings and appearances by several local authors, aims to show the public that literary arts can function as a more community-based activity.
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June 22, 2008
Since 2004, Nichole Hickey has been the executive director of the Columbia Festival of the Arts, which features concerts, exhibitions, classes and workshops to connect the arts to the community. "We truly do offer something for everyone over the course of our 16-day festival each year," Hickey said. The festival runs through Saturday, ending with a performance by East Village Opera Company, a musical group composed of a string quartet, five-piece band and two singers. Hickey and her husband, Michael, live in Columbia with their dogs, Bebe and Caity.
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By Jennifer Choi and Jennifer Choi,Sun reporter | April 17, 2008
Gregg Wilhelm wants literary arts to step out of the shadows of its more sociable cousins. He's the helmsman of CityLit Festival V, a daylong celebration of the written word, which takes over the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Central Library on Saturday. "Literary arts are just as important and creative and enlightening as going to the BMA or Center Stage," said Wilhelm. "But they have this weird dilemma of often being created and consumed in solitude." The festival, which includes panel discussions, workshops, readings and appearances by several local authors, aims to show the public that literary arts can function as a more community-based activity.
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By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,Sun reporter | March 31, 2008
Richard C. Roberts, a founding member of the faculty of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a professor at the university for 25 years, died of cancer Thursday at his home in Columbia. He was 82. Dr. Roberts was one of five division chairmen at UMBC when it opened in 1966. As head of the mathematics and physics departments, he recruited faculty, taught courses and helped set the course for the fledgling university. He was later dean of the mathematics department. "In the formative years of the department, his vision counted a lot," said Manil Suri, a UMBC mathematics professor whom Dr. Roberts hired in 1983.
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March 9, 2008
The Age of Shiva By Manil Suri Norton / 455 pages / $25 The second novel from University of Maryland Baltimore County mathematics professor Manil Suri follows Meera Sawhney from her unhappy 1950s marriage to aspiring singer Dev Arora through to her own son's coming of age. After an impulsive act forces Meera's marriage at 17, her complex, controlling father decries her tying herself (and her family) to the provincial, lower-class Aroras. Meera soon finds herself pulled in different directions by her in-laws' religious orthodoxy, her father's progressivism, her husband's alcoholism and her resentment.
NEWS
February 17, 2008
WHEN MANIL SURI isn't working on partial differential equations or trying to get more people interested in math, he can often be found honing his creative chops as a novelist. The professor of mathematics and statistics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County recently released his second title, The Age of Shiva, a story about maternal love and contemporary India. Suri's first novel, The Death of Vishnu, garnered the 2002 Barnes and Noble Discover Prize and was a finalist for the Pen-Faulkner Award.
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By Joan Mellen and By Joan Mellen,Special to the Sun | January 21, 2001
"The Death of Vishnu," by Manil Suri. W. W. Norton. 295 pages. $24.95. The fad for fiction from India by Indian writers beats on, the latest example being "The Death of Vishnu," by Manil Suri, a University of Maryland mathematics professor. For this first book, steeped in the requisite exoticism, W. W. Norton paid a whopping $350,000 advance. Rights were promptly sold to 13 countries and counting. The mathematics professor told Time magazine, modestly, that he did not see himself giving up his math.
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August 28, 2007
Manil Suri, a professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will discuss his first book,The Death of Vishnu, which is about the social and cultural divisions in India, at a free public lecture at 7:30 tonight at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson. For more information, call 410-337-6333. Sun music critic Tim Smith is on vacation. His column does not appear today.
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February 8, 2009
The Howard County Library will hold its 12th gala fundraiser, "Evening in the Stacks: Along the Silk Road," from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Feb. 28 at the east Columbia branch library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Manil Suri, author of The Death of Vishnu and The Age of Shiva, will speak. An auction, belly dancing and other entertainment, and a 50/50 raffle are planned. Tickets are $100, available online ( www.hclibrary.org) and at library branches. Proceeds will benefit the library's educational initiatives, including Dogs Education and Assisting Readers, Teen Time, Cultural Connections and Kindergarten Here We Come!
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