Here are some resources for background info on Hanif Kureishi and The Buddha of Suburbia
Hanif Kureishi's official website includes unpublished short stories and essays by the author- particularly relevant is the essay "The Boy in the Bedroom" which discusses the writing and making of The Buddha of Suburbia TV series. A timeline shows where the novel fits with other works.
The 1993 TV series, with Naveen Andrews as Karim and soundtrack by David Bowie, is available on DVD in the library; the title song incorporates many clips from the film so gives a sense of the styles and places of the novel:
The Contemporary Writers section on Hanif Kureishi provides biographical information, as well as a critical perspective that is useful for critically situating Buddha amongst Kureishi's other work and drawing out the significant themes that recur.
Finally, the Postcolonial Web has a page on Kureishi- the short essay "The Legitimising of His/Her-stories in The Buddha of Suburbia" is relevant to some of the ideas we'll be thinking about throughout the rest of the unit.