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Rear Entrance

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Rear Entrance by David Barun Kumar Thomas, book reviewRear Entrance by David Barun Kumar Thomas is the story of four Indians each visiting the British Embassy in Brussels to apply for visas to visit the UK or to work there. The book takes its name from the sign on the front door of the Embassy instructing visa applicants to use the ‘Rear Entrance’ – only British Nationals can go in the front door. The symbolism won’t be lost, I’m sure.

Seetha is the first applicant, a computer analyst who has spent 6 months in Brussels and wants to move on. She’s going to lie about why she wants to go to Britain and plans to tell the immigration officers that she’s a writer because a loophole in the immigration law means both artists and writers are allowed in without fixed employment.

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