Speaker Rakhshandha Jalil at ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2018

Rakhshanda Jalil


Rakhshanda Jalil is a writer, critic and literary historian. She has published over 15 books and written more than 50 academic papers and essays. Dr. Jalil’s book on the lesser-known monuments of Delhi, Invisible City, continues to be a bestseller. Her recent works include, Liking Progress, Loving Change: A Literary History of the Progressive Writers Movement in Urdu, a biography of Urdu feminist writer Dr Rashid Jahan titled A Rebel and Her Cause, a translation of The Sea Lies Ahead, Intizar Husain’s seminal novel on Karachi, Krishan Chandar’s Partition novel Ghaddar, and most recently, an edited volume of critical writings on Ismat called An Uncivil Woman. She runs an organisation called Hindustani Awaaz, devoted to the popularisation of Hindi-Urdu literature and culture. Her debut collection of fiction, Release & Other Stories, was published in 2011 and received critical acclaim. She was awarded the Kaifi Azmi Award for her contribution to Urdu and her translation The Sea Lies Ahead won the KLF Peace Prize awarded by the Karachi Litfest and the German Embassy. Recently, she received the First Jawad Memorial Prize for Urdu-Hindi Translation. She writes regularly for major newspapers such as Hindustan Times, The Indian Express, The Hindu as well as magazines such as Outlook, Scroll.in, TheWire.in, etc.

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