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Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) 2013 Specials: The Walls of Delhi

Post by: Kabita Sonowal



“Uncle, there’s no such thing as the Third World. There are only two worlds, and both of them exist everywhere. In one live those who create injustice, and all the rest, the ones who have to put up with injustice, live in the other.”


-    Uday Prakash, The Walls of Delhi


Uday Prakash’s gut-wrenching, stark and stoical book titled The Walls of Delhi will be discussed on January 25, at the JLF. It is a take on the lives of people who exist unheard of and suffering all their lives in squalor and ignominy. A collection of three short stories, they highlight poverty and provides a sense of futility in the lives of those who suffer against an ironic setting of globalization and the ‘India Shines’ story.  This book has been written in Hindi; it was translated into English by Jason Grunebaum. The JLF discussion will be introduced by co-director & organizer of JLF, Namita Gokhale.


Uday Prakash is an Indian writer, short-story writer, translator, former academician and journalist.  Born in Madhya Pradesh, he attended Saugar University where he received an MA in Hindi Literature. He was a research student at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). He has worked as an assistant professor at JNU, Center for Post Graduate Studies at Imphal and School of Social Journalism. He has also worked with Dinmaan, Sunday Mail, ITV, PTI TV, Ministry of Agriculture and Eminence among others.


Jason Grunebaum is a senior lecturer and teaches Hindi at the University of Chicago. He has translated into English the works of Uday Prakash: The Wall of Delhi (shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South-Asian Literature) and The Girl with the Golden Parasol (winner of a 2005 PEN Translation Fund grant).  His story titled Maria Ximenes da Costa de Carvalho Perreira was selected by Salman Rushdie as a 2007 short story of distinction. He attended Columbia University where he received an MFA in fiction.


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