Top Asian writers discuss love in the modern age

Posted by mjs76 at Oct 25, 2010 12:35 PM |
The 2010 South Asian Literature Festival comes to the University of Leicester this Friday, 29 October, with a panel discussion featuring three leading British Asian authors.

Farahad Zama (The Marriage Bureau for Rich People), Anjali Joseph (Saraswati Park) and Hema Macherla (Breeze from the River Manjeera) will take part in a panel discussion on ‘Love in the Modern Age’, moderated by Bhavit Mehta, founder of Saadhak Books. All three authors were born in India but now live and work in the UK.

Farahad Zama was born in Vizag, has a degree in electrical engineering and now lives in Croydon, commuting to the City of London for his day-job. His first novel, The Marriage Bureau for Rich People, was named Book of the Month by the Daily Mail and Richard and Judy

On the basis of her debut novel Saraswati Park, Anjali Joseph was selected by the Daily Telegraph as one of Britain’s ‘20 best novelists under 40’. She was born in Bombay, read English at Cambridge and taught at the Sorbonne. You can read an interview with her in yesterday’s Independent on Sunday.

Hema Macherla’s Breeze from the River Manjeera received great acclaim not only for its depiction of a young girl trapped in an abusive arranged marriage but also because Macherla taught herself English from magazines and children’s books after coming to the UK from Andhrapradesh speaking only Telugu.

Love, marriage (arranged or otherwise), sex and family relationships have historically been a great source of inspiration for many South Asian authors and poets, and those who have traveled or lived there. This stellar panel of speakers will look at the way in which modern South Asian writers have treated this subject – from comical representations to melodramatic, heart-warming or tragedy-filled renditions. The event will include readings and discussion by the authors, followed by questions from audience members.

This event, which is organised in partnership with Charnwood Arts and The Asian Word, is one of several happening around the UK this week as a follow-up to the main South Asian Literature Festival which all happens in London. It will take place in the Attenborough Tower from 1.30pm to 3.00pm and tickets cost £5.00 which includes a buffet lunch from 12.30pm.

For tickets contact Embrace Arts (booking hotline 0116 252 2455). For further information about the event please contact Rebecca Abrahams, 01509 821035,

The University Bookshop will have a stall at the event with copies of the authors' books for sale and a signing session will follow the discussion.