Manil Suri confesses about being gay and about his love of mathematics in this article in New York Times:
“And there was something else. I knew I was probably gay, which was completely invisible in India at that time.
“I had obtained a fellowship to Carnegie-Mellon in Pittsburgh. Immediately, I was surprised how easy it was to set down roots here. Unlike immigrants from other parts of the world, I had the language. I’d seen American movies and had read Mad magazine. There was no culture shock.
“In America, I finally had a chance to investigate my own sexuality and take small hesitant steps in that direction. Today, I’m with my partner of 18 years.
“One thing I was shocked by was how much Americans hated mathematics. You almost needed an antidefamation league for mathematicians. People actually took pleasure in explaining how bad they were at it. There’s a doll here that says, “I hate math.” You wouldn’t be able to sell such a doll in a sari.”
What’s this thing about being gay and writing. Seems Seth is gay and now Suri. As Shobhaa De once famously remarked, “What a waste.”