Anjum Hasan asks what happens if people cling to the once vaunted qualities of irresponsible dreaming, intellectual pride, ethical doubt or love of language. Hasan and John Zubrzycki talk about the loneliness of the thinking person in present times.
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Anjum Hasan is the author of three novels and two short story collections, which have been shortlisted for the Indian Academy of Letters Prize, the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Hindu Best Fiction Award and the Crossword Fiction Award, as well as being longlisted for the Man Asia Literary Prize and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in Granta, Paris Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, among many others.
John Zubrzycki is the author of six books on India, most recently Dethroned: The Downfall of India’s Princely States. His earlier books include, The Shortest History of India, and The House of Jaipur: The Inside Story of India’s Most Glamorous Royal Family. He has worked in India as a diplomat and foreign correspondent and has a PhD in Indian history.