Kitab Khana and Penguin books India ordially invite you to join the celebration of our beloved writer from the sub - continent " Bapsi Sidwa.

6:30 pm
Kitab Khana

Dear Readers,
Date:14th December,2013
Day : Saturday.
Time :6:30 pm
Venue Kitab Khana
Bapsi Sidhwa will be in conversation with Jerry Pinto.
About the Author and his books.
Their Language of Love
A wife worries for her family’s survival during the 1965 Indo-Pak war. A mother is horrified when she learns that her daughter wants to marry her American boyfriend. An American housewife living in Lahore has a tempestuous affair with a Pakistani minister. An aged matriarch travels to the USA to discover she must confront a traumatic memory from her past.
Finely nuanced, and laced with Sidhwa’s sharply comic observations, this is a stellar collection of tales from one of the subcontinent’s most important and beloved writers.
About Bapsi Sidhwa
Bapsi Sidhwa is an internationally acclaimed author. Raised in Lahore, Pakistan, she now lives in Houston, Texas. She has written five novels—Ice-Candy-Man, The Pakistani Bride, The Crow Eaters, An American Brat and Water—which have been translated and published in several languages. She has edited City of Sin and Splendour: Writings on Lahore, which was published in 2006.
Among her many honours Sidhwa received the Bunting Fellowship at Radcliffe/Harvard, the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award, the  Sitara-i-Imtiaz, Pakistan’s highest national honour in the arts, and the LiBeraturepreis in Germany and the 2007 Primo Mondello Award in Italy.
About Jerry Pinto 
Jerry Pinto’s first book was Surviving Women (Penguin India, 2000) a manual of gender politics, written for confused Indian men, which has gone into several reprints. It was described as “guaranteed to raise feminist and masculine hackles alike” (The Business Standard) and “India’s answer to P.J. O’Rourke” (
Bombay Meri Jaan: Writings on Mumbai (Penguin India, 2003), which he co-edited with Naresh Fernandes, has also been reprinted. It has been described as getting its readers “inside the heaving desperation and violence that’s tucked into this city” (Deccan Herald) and offering “an intelligent mix” (The Hindu).
His first book of poems Asylum (Allied Publishers) was released in 2004. Some of these poems are to be found in Reasons for Belonging; Fourteen Contemporary Indian Poets edited by Ranjit Hoskoté. His poems are also to be found in Fulcrum Number 4; An Annual of Poetry and Aesthetics (Fulcrum Poetry Press, 2005) edited by Jeet Thayil; in Atlas; New Writing (Crossword/Aark Arts, 2006) edited by Sudeep Sen; and Ninety-nine Words (Panchabati Publications, 2006) edited by Manu Dash, described as having a “luminous simplicity” (Mid-Day) and “balancing precariously between reason and passion and having the nerve to admit as much” (The Hindu).
He has also edited Reflected in Water: Writings on Goa (Penguin India, 2006). It has been described as “a labour of love” (Daily News & Analysis) and “furious and funny” (Hindustan Times).
In 2006, Helen: The Life and Times of an H Bomb (Penguin India, 2006) was released. It has been described as “passionate and precise” (The Hindustan Times) and “simply wonderful” (Sahara Times). It won the National Award for the Best Book on Cinema.
With Sheena Sippy, he has worked on Bollywood Posters (IBH/Thames & Hudson, 2008), which has been described as being written with "felicity and wit". Leela; A Patchwork Life (Viking, 2009), a book on the life of Leela Naidu, the noted actor, was commended highly and warmly received. It was described as “a self-annihilating gem of mordant comedy” (Outlook) and “an original” (The Hindu).
His first novel for children, A Bear for Felicia (Puffin, 2008), has been described as "quirky, cute and immensely charming," His short stories for children have appeared in several volumes.
His first novel, Em and the Big Hoom (Aleph Books, 2012) won the Hindu Literary Prize and has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth prize. It was described as “the best Indian novel in years” (The Sunday Guardian), “a splendid and memorable debut” (The Hindu) and “a marvellously evocative book” (Outlook). He has worked with Garima Gupta on a graphic novel, When Crows are White (Scholastic, 2012) that has been described as “wise, witty informative” (Mumbai Mirror).
He has written the scripts for two award-winning documentaries, both directed by Ashima Narain: In the Pink, on the flamingos of Mumbai; and The Last Dance, on the tragic plight of the dancing bears of India.
Jerry Pinto has been a journalist for more than twenty years. He began his career with The Times of India. He has worked as Executive Editor of Man's World, Consulting Editor to Femina and columnist for magazines and newspapers such as The Statesman, The Hindustan Times, The Pioneer and Verve. He was editor of, a website that won two awards for its content of which he was chief architect. He teaches journalism at the Social Communications Media department of the Sophia Polytechnic in Mumbai. He is on the board of directors of Meljol, an NGO that works in the child rights space. He works with the Jehangir Sabavala Memorial Foundation. He has a liberal arts degree from the Elphinstone College, Mumbai and a law degree from Government Law College, Mumbai.
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