Lady Violet Room, National Liberal Club, London
As our February lunch guest, we are delighted to welcome Preti Taneja, author of the Desmond Elliott prizewinning novel We That Are Young.
In this brilliant and startling modern-day King Lear, Jivan Singh returns to home to witness the unexpected resignation of the ageing patriarch of Devraj, founder of the Company, a vast corporation at the heart of Indian life. After Devraj’s youngest daughter Sita absconds, refusing to submit to an arranged marriage, her older sisters Radha and Gargi are handed their father’s company…
So begins a vicious struggle for power, ranging from the luxury hotels of New Delhi and Amritsar, the palaces and slums of Napurthala, to the beautiful, broken city of Srinagar, Kashmir.
Preti Taneja was born in England to Indian parents. For over a decade she travelled and reported extensively on the plight of minorities worldwide for NGOs and international media, focusing particularly on Iraq. She teaches writing in prisons and universities, and is the co-founder of the advocacy collective ERA Films and of Visual Verse, an online anthology of art and words.