Locked Down in Sonipat: Translating Partition Perspectives

A series of conversations and Q&A sessions with our former Charles Wallace India Trust Fellows and Literature Across Frontiers’ Director, Alexandra Büchler, produced in collaboration with Yr Egin Ar-Lein.

We catch up with our former Fellows to discuss what they have been up to since their Fellowship in Wales. The series was recorded and broadcast during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Maaz Bin Bilal is a writer, translator from Urdu and Hindi into English, and a scholar based in Delhi and Sonipat where he is Associate Professor at the School of Liberal Arts and Humanities at Jindal Global University, and he was our Charles Wallace India Fellow in 2018. Maaz and Alexandra will be discussing his translation of The Sixth River: A Journal from the Partition of India by Fikr Taunsvi, but also about his more recent translation and writing projects, including his translation from Persian of a long poem on Benares by the 19th century poet Ghalib, and his collection of inter-connected short stories on family life in Old Delhi where he grew up and where his family still live.