At an age when most people contemplate retirement, Mayank Bhatt immigrated to Toronto from Bombay (Mumbai) in 2008. And when most newcomers seek quick money, he spent his first five years in Canada writing fiction. His journey into fiction writing began when he was selected by Diaspora Dialogues as a mentee for its short-form mentoring program in 2009. His debut novel Belief was published by Mawenzi House in 2016. He was pleasantly shocked by the warmth which it was generally received. The novel explores youth radicalisation and alienation, and the impact of terrorism on a family in the context of the failure of immigration and settlement framework in Canada. His stories have been published in TOK 5: Writing the New Toronto and Canadian Voices II. He lives in Toronto with his family. Being foolhardy, he’s working on another book.
- TOK editorial reader(s): M.G. Vassanji