THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH EVENT
Sonia Faleiro & Megha Majumdar: Outrages in India
- Tue 17 Aug 19:00 - 20:00
- Baillie Gifford Theatre (in West Court)
Pay what you can to watch online. Available live, then on-demand until 23:59 on Thursday 30 September.
Attend in person
In a village in Uttar Pradesh, North India, two teenage girls go missing and are later discovered hanging from a tree. What happened and why did they die? And why on earth do the grieving women of the village form a circle round the tree trunk to prevent the girls from being taken down? Sonia Faleiro’s The Good Girls is a deeply affecting account of events in rural India, and a searing analysis of family honour in the community. Meanwhile, Megha Majumdar’s debut novel, A Burning, is set in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata where a young Muslim woman is falsely accused of a terrorist attack in the railway station and is thrown into jail to await trial and execution. A 'gripping thriller with compassionate social commentary', Majumdar deftly draws a nation set for political combustion. Both of these books, though set at opposite ends of a vast country, are finely observed, gripping evocations of life and politics in India. Faleiro and Majumdar join us to explore the country’s fascinating moral complexities.
This is a live event, with an author Q&A. The authors are taking part remotely; if buying a ticket to watch the event in-person, you’ll watch them on a large screen in the venue.
Supported by the Centre for South Asian Studies