Monday, April 20, 2009

'india through fresh eyes' at london book fair: day 1

From top: Earls Court Exhibition Centre; India Market Focus pavilion; S Anand - publisher of maverick Marathi poet Namdeo Dhasal, and the stand-in for Namdeo in the 'literature of identity' seminar - reading from Namdeo's blazing poetry; (L to R) William Dalrymple, Anita Nair, Daljit Nagra and Jaishree Misra get to grips with 'home and the world'; Professor Supriya Chaudhuri of Jadavpur University; (L to R) Chair of the British Council Neil Kinnock, Nobel prizewinning economist and author Amartya Sen and British Foreign Secretary David Miliband; Miliband interviews Amartya Sen (a pal of Miliband's Marxist theorist late father Ralph); novelist, journalist and critic Neel Mukherjee; Tamil Muslim poet and novelist Salma (pseudonym of Rajathi Samsudeenm alias Rokkiah) alongside the novelist, short story writer and bureaucrat Y D (Yeshe Dorjee) Thongchi whose mother tongue is the Sherdukpen dialect but who writes in Assamese; Dai Smith of the Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales (CREW), chair of the seminar on 'literature of identity', with the Indian Nepali poet, editor, linguist and translator Jiwan Namdung; another shot of Jiwan.

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