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Like the Date Palm - In Search of Rahim


Apr 28 2024 to Apr 28 2024 6:30 p.m.



Bangalore International Centre

7 4th Main Rd, Stage 2, Domlur 560071

Event Description

“Translation is a little like falling in love,” says Arvind Krishna Mehrotra. “It can be love at first sight, when you read a poet and have a desire to translate him immediately. Or he can come back to you decades later, your memory of him faded. When I started translating Rahim’s dohas, I had forgotten all about him, even who he was. It’s as if I’d never read him – though I had.” In Search of Rahim is Mehrotra’s discovery of the man and his work through translation, history, and memory. In the process, he recovers parts of his own boyhood by going back to someone who died 400 years ago. This evening has Mehrotra in conversation with Jeet Thayil.


Arvind Krishna Mehrotra Poet & Translator

Arvind Krishna Mehrotra is a poet and translator. His recent books are Book of Rahim & Other Poems (2023) and a translation of Vinod Kumar Shukla poems Treasurer of Piggy Banks (2024), both published by Literary Activism/Westland. He lives in Dehra Dun. 

Jeet Thayil Author & Poet

Jeet Thayil is the author of four novels and five books of poetry, and the editor of The Penguin Book of Indian Poets.

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