Shehar aur Sapna: The City as a Dream - Jaipur Literature Festival Panel


How are cities emerging as inspirations — as settings, as subject matter — in the art of storytelling? Our panelists will discuss the city as a stage for their tales of intersecting lives and livelihoods. Join us as they share insights on how they have engaged the South Asian cities of Karachi (Mohammed Hanif), New Delhi (Aman Sethi), Mumbai (Meenal Baghel), and Kathmandu (Rabi Thapa) in their stories. Moderated by renowned poet and critic Ashok Vajpeyi.

The programme is presented at the Jaipur Literature Festival. For more information, visit

Meenal Baghel is the Editor of Mumbai Mirror. Her first book of non-fiction, Death in Mumbai, is just out in the bookstores.

Mohammed Hanif is the author of the highly acclaimed A Case of Exploding Mangoes, which was longlisted for the Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and was the winner of the Commonwealth First Book Award. He lives in Karachi with his family.

Aman Sethi is the author of A Free Man and covers the Maoist conflict in central India for The Hindu.

Rabi Thapa's debut collection of short stories, Nothing to Declare, was published in 2011. Previously the Editor of the weekly Nepali Times, he is based in Kathmandu.

Ashok Vajpeyi is a Hindi poet-critic, translator, editor and culture-activist. He has over 13 books of poetry, seven of criticism in Hindi, and three books on art in English, to his credit. He has received the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Dayawati Kavi Shekhar Samman and the Kabir Samman. He has been decorated by Poland with The Officer’s Cross of Merit of the Republic of Poland, by France with the Officer De L’Ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres, and by the Embassy of Romania to India with the "Best Promoter of Indo-Romanian Relations" award. He is currently Chairman of the Lalit Kala Akademi in New Delhi.

Event Details

Sun 22 Jan 2012
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Diggi House, Shivaji Marg, C-Scheme, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Free entry, with photo ID. Register on festival website at
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