Mohini Gupta is currently a DPhil (PhD) student in language politics at the University of Oxford. She founded the multilingual digital collective Mother Tongue Twisters to promote Indian language poetry for young readers, and curate conversations on literary translation. Mohini was the Charles Wallace India Trust Translator-Writer Fellow in 2017 for creative writing and translation, hosted by Literature Across Frontiers. An alumna of SOAS University of London, she has been a Research Fellow at Sarai, CSDS; and a translator-in-residence at the Sangam House international writers’ residency in Bangalore. She has written on languages, literature and translation for publications such as Huffington Post, The Caravan Magazine, TheWire.in, Scroll.in and the WorldKidLit Blog. Her English-Hindi translations have been published by Tulika Publishers.
A Passion for India: Javier Moro
Javier Moro in conversation with Mohini Gupta
A glimpse into the inspirations and journeys of celebrated Spanish writer, producer and scriptwriter Javier Moro and his unique relationship with India. Through a literary career spanning over two decades, Moro has often constructed narratives inspired by the country's rich socio-cultural roots. He is the author of Passion India, a narrative that follows the marriage of a Spanish girl to the Maharaja of Kapurthala and the subsequent scandal that shook British India. His book Red Sari: A Dramatised Biography of Sonia Gandhi unfurls the inspirational path of the Gandhi matriarch and her journey through the Indian political and social landscape. Moro has also co-authored Five Past Midnight in Bhopal with Dominique Lapierre. Weaving together the conflict between good intentions, profit motive and cost cutting omissions, the book explores the horrific industrial disaster that shook Bhopal and the subsequent events that unfolded. In conversation with Mohini Gupta, Moro discusses the essence of his writing process and inimitable style.