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The Twice-Born: Life and Death on the Ganges

Aatish Taseer Interviewed by Boyd Tonkin

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

2:00pm

1 hour

St Cross College

£7 - £12.50

Novelist Aatish Taseer talks about his search for the Brahmins and his attempt to understand his own estrangement from India through their ties to tradition.

Brahmins are known as the twice-born and are a caste devoted to learning. Taseer visits Benares, the spiritual capital of Hinduism. There he describes a clash between globalised modernity and the ancient customs and a rise in nationalism driven by a brutal caste system. And he confronts his own myths about himself, his past and his own countries past and new.

Taseer was born to an Indian journalist and a Pakastani politician and raised among Delhi’s intellectual elite. He now lives in New Delhi and New York and is author of the memoir Stranger to History and the novels The Way Things Were and The Temple-Goers. Here he talks to writer and critic Boyd Tonkin, who writes on arts and books for the Financial Times, the Economist and Spectator, and is special adviser to the Man Booker International Prize (which he chaired in 2016).

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 10th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Macdonald Bear Hotel Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Sloane Club British Humanist Association Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Steer Oxford Botanic Garden