On Monday March 28, Githa Hariharan, author of Almost Home: Finding a Place in the World from Kashmir to New York, joins New York Times UN bureau chief Somini Sengupta at the Asian American Writers Workshop.
So, we’re all familiar with the brand of 21st century India: the world’s largest democracy, a burgeoning BRIC economy, and, as one famous campaign slogan described it, India Shining. But what do these promises of possibility look like if you’re one of the subcontinents more marginal inhabitants—say, a poor laborer in Delhi, a woman fighting gender inequity, or a Kashmiri separatist? Two writers investigate South Asian cities through rich journalistic storytelling and creative nonfiction: New York Times reporter Somini Sengupta, who tells the story of how India’s youth are confronting the country’s opportunity and its turmoil, and Githa Hariharan, whose essays weave together the psychogeography of spaces both South Asian (Delhi, Mumbai, Kashmir) and beyond (Palestine, Algeria, Tokyo). Moderated by AAWW Managing Editor Jyothi Natarajan.
Somini Sengupta covers the United Nations for the New York Times. She was previously the bureau chief in Dakar and New Delhi and most recently wrote about technology and the law. She was born in Calcutta, grew up in Canada and California and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the recipient of the 2004 George Polk Award for foreign reporting.
Established in 1991, AAWW is a national not-for-profit arts organization devoted to the creating, publishing, developing and disseminating of creative writing by Asian Americans.
When: Monday March 28, 2016 at 7:00pm
Where: Asian American Writers Workshop, 112 W 27th St #600, New York, NY 10001