Kitabkhana and The PEN All-India Centre present a reading from Maps for a Mortal Moon: essays and entertainments by Adil Jussawalla, edited and introduced by Jerry Pinto (Aleph Books)

6:00 pm

Dear Readers, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at 6 pm, Kitabkhana, Somaiya Bhavan, Flora Fountain, Fort, Mumbai. About the Book Welcome to the world of Adil Jussawalla, poet, columnist, critic. This is prose from one of India’s masters, essays and entertainments that take in everything from language to poetry, from ethics to model aeroplanes. Here you will meet poets, playwrights, construction labourers and most startlingly Jussawalla himself, as a boy who lost himself at the movies, to the acned adolescent on a ship watching a storm at sea, to the flaneur of South Mumbai. This collection comprises some early work from the 1960s and comes right up to the present. There are many tones here: the lyrical, the passionate, the outraged and the ironic. This collection offers you a sampling of some of the writing that Amit Chaudhuri once described as “some of the finest ever written by an Indian”. Jerry Pinto says, “I was delighted to be working on this project. Reading 300,000 words or more of Adil’s prose was like eating chocolate spiked by some interesting vegetation cooked up in an underground laboratory by a mad professor.” He adds hurriedly, “No offence meant.” About the author Adil Jussawalla is a near-legendary poet. His published works include Land’s End (Writers Workshop, 1962), Missing Person (Clearing House, 1976), Trying to Say Goodbye (Almost Island Books, 2012) and The Right Kind of Dog (Duckbill Books, 2013). About the editor Jerry Pinto has been writing and editing for several years. He is the author of Em and the Big Hoom (Aleph) which won The Hindu Lit for Life Prize and the Crossword Award for Fiction. He teaches at the Sophia Institute of Social Communications Media at the Sophia Polytechnic and is on the board of MelJol, an NGO that works in the child rights space. Sneak Peak “The worst thing about being a human being is being a human being.” “I have nothing against beasts. In fact, I quite like them and think I’m pretty beastly myself.” “Humanism is both a fire and a fight, otherwise it’s no good.” “Everyone born in the 1940s wanted to write Midnight’s Children. Only Rushdie went and did it.” Thanks


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