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In the opening passages of Hanif Kureishi’s novel The Rainbow Sign (1986), the author introduces the reader to Hanif Kureishi: a Londoner born to an English mother and Pakistani father, a father who “came to England from Bombay in 1947 to be educated by the old colonial power” (9). Kureishi’s childhood, filled with cousins, aunts, and uncles, included “important, confident people” (9), who frequently took him, in taxis, to hotels, restaurants, music houses, and other places of interest during his growing-up years in London. He recounts childhood incidents where his Pakistani heritage became a central point of focus in his life. It is an ambivalent rendering.
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