South Asian literary stars and anti-vax discount

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The UK literary calendar is still only at the start of awards season, but two writers of South Asian descent are already being touted as potential stars of 2022. Sorry, none of them have a connection with India. One is of mixed Bangladeshi and English descent, and the other is of Pakistani descent.

Monica Ali, whose literary career faltered after the extraordinary success of her 2013 debut novel, “Brick Lane”, is back with a new novel, “Love Marriage”, set in London about two young doctors from very different cultural backgrounds: a daughter of Bengali immigrants and son of a “Germaine-Greer as celebrity expert”.

Apparently, rival publishers have been at war with each other. The Sunday Times described it as “a great return to form”, “both touching and satirical”.

The other, Kasim Ali, has been hailed as “an exciting new voice in British fiction”. His novel, ‘Good Intentions’, is being promoted as one of the most promising debuts of 2022. It is about a young Muslim journalist from Birmingham who panics about introducing his Pakistani parents to his black girlfriend . She is also a Muslim, but in her mother’s opinion, the “wrong” color.

One reviewer praised it for “deftly exploring family obligations and racial prejudice alongside the wave of first love”. Another called it “a captivating and powerful modern love story” by a distinctive new voice.

Get ready for more hype in the months to come. And if any of them end up closing in on the Booker Prize, remember you first read about them here.

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Veganism, a con?

From a small grassroots movement, veganism has grown into a multi-billion pound industry based on the claim that a vegan diet is exactly what you need if you want to stay healthy and fit.

UK supermarkets are full of a range of vegan milk and meat substitutes (oat/almond/hemp milk; meatless bacon, minced meat, sausages and “squeaky bean pastrami-style vegan sandwich slices “). Sainsbury’s alone boasts over 4,000 vegan products marketed as plant-based, eco-friendly, healthier and even tastier than real milk, eggs and meat.

But slowly, people are starting to find out that the emperor wears no clothes under this shiny hype. Meet Tim Shieff, once a poster boy for veganism. He has been on the cover of vegan magazines and appeared on the Ninja Warrior UK TV series as a ‘vegan prince’.

He claimed he “helped start the wave that is now in every supermarket”. He has now revealed that throughout this time he suffered from joint pain, chronic fatigue and depression. He blamed his old meat diet. But then, in desperation, he tried eggs and fish.

“I almost felt a veil of depression lift from my mind. All those stubborn wounds started to heal in no time,” he told a newspaper.

He is not the only one. Jayne Buxton, author of The Great Plant-Based Con, said: “People think they’ve made an entirely positive choice when they give up meat, but the reality is that they’ve been conditioned to believe this by the narrative promoted by a range of vested interests. Which includes “companies that have set out to capture a slice of the highly lucrative plant-based processed food market.”

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antivax discount

Want a discount at one of Britain’s top seaside hotels? All you have to do is show that you posted anti-vaccination comments online.

The Camelot Castle Hotel in Cornwall is offering a 5% discount and a free drink to those who can show on arrival a ‘social media communication from you, who bravely stood against the enslavement of mankind’ . Its owner John Mappin is a well-known conspiracy theorist who has described masks and vaccines as “the holocaust of the mind,” whatever that may mean.

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