Annie Zaidi

Annie Zaidi writes across several genres. She has published a novella, Gulab, a collection of short stories, Love Stories # 1 to...

History, Fear and the Role of the Writer

"We are not makers of history. We are made by history."
~ Martin Luther King Jr.

"We are shaped by the generations that have gone before us, and writers have a lot to do with our view of ourselves", declares Annie Zaidi. The role of writers in society is to be truth-tellers". Questions about writers shaping society began consuming Annie while doing research for her edited anthology Unbound: 2,000 years of Indian Women's Writing, reading groundbreaking texts such as Tarabai Shinde's Stri Purush Tulna and Pandita Ramabai's The High Caste Hindu Woman. Invited to write on famous wives, these questions simply got more complex. Living in a time of surveillance, this question of truth and how to tell it has become more troubling, more compelling.

We are delighted to invite Annie Zaidi - writer of many genres - to Mumbai Local, to share with us her thoughts on being a writer, why she made the switch from journalism to writing, and how she engages with history and the current social context in her work. Expect to hear new stories, and gain new perspectives on previously heard ones, as she brings to our attention the writers that have slipped out of the mainstream gaze, and look forward to grappling with the critical question of the role of the writer in society.

This session is curated by Sameer Iyengar.

@ MCubed Library, Bandra (W) - 1st Sat, 5 pm
@ Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla (E) - 2nd Sun, 5 pm
@ Kitab Khana, Fort - 3rd Fri, 5:30 pm

Annie Zaidi writes across several genres. She has published a novella, Gulab, a collection of short stories, Love Stories # 1 to 14, one collection of essays, Known Turf: Bantering with Bandits and Other True Tales, which was short-listed for the prestigious Crossword Book Awards. She co-authored The Good Indian Girl (with Smriti Ravindra) and a book of illustrated poems, Crush. She is the editor of Unbound: 2000 Years of Indian Women's Writing.

Her play scripts include 'Jaal' (Hindi) and 'So Many Socks' (English), both of which have been staged in Mumbai and other cities. The latter script was short-listed for the META awards in 2013. Another script, 'Name, Place, Animal, Thing', was short-listed for The Hindu Metroplus Playwright Award in 2009. A radio play, 'Jam', was regional (South Asia) winner for the BBC's International Playwriting Competition 2011.

She has made one documentary film, 'In her Words: The Journey of Indian Women', which traces the lives and struggles of women as reflected in the literature that they have created.

Venues Dates Time
12-100 yrs
1 hr , 30 min
Entry free, on a first-come-first basis. Pre-register now to save your seat.