There are a lot of striking images and ideas in the beginning of ‘Animal’s People.’ I probably wasn’t the only person in class who visited www.khaufpur.com after Sinha directed the reader to the website, a notably modern technique, linking a fictional book to a fictional website. There are a couple tabs that are ‘under construction,’ but for the most part, khaufpur.com is a complete and detailed website. Khaufpur is clearly a fictionalized version of Bhopal. It is a common technique in fiction to use fictional aliases for real places, but Sinha takes it a step further by creating such an elaborate fictionalized version of Bhopal. The website is complete with local history and even phone numbers of fictional local officials, an attention to detail that is almost Tolkein-like. An interesting question that I had after reading this passage was what the point in fictionalizing an actual event so blatantly? From the beginning, it’s quite apparent that the book is about the Bhopal disaster. Aside from being simpler to write (not needing to extensively document actual accounts or do an incredibly amount of research), I think fictionalizing this event gives Sinha more freedom to criticize The Bhopal disaster and offer insight into corporation’s relationships and interactions with the environment. This leads me to question not why Sinha chose to fictionalize the event, but what she was able to accomplish by fictionalizing the event that she wouldn’t have been able to accomplish by writing a non-fictional account of the event. I think this could be an interesting question to keep in mind as we continue to read the novel. So far, I think it adds a more human perspective to the novel in Animal’s personality and relationship with the community, those aren’t the sorts of things one is able to pick up in an interview. I also think fiction allows for artistic expression in the novel that makes it more memorable and may provoke more interest from the reader, such as the detail of Animal walking on all fours. I’ll be interested to see what else fiction allows Sinha to do as we continue to read.