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Dr. Rakhshanda Jalil

Dr. Rakhshanda Jalil is a writer, critic, translator and literary historian. She has published over 15 books and written over 50 academic papers and essays on a range of subjects: culture, society, faith and literature. She writes Op-eds for the Indian Express on a regular basis. Her book on the lesser-known monuments of Delhi, Invisible City, continues to be a bestseller. She was recently presented Kaifi Azmi Award which was presented to her by the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh for her contribution to Urdu literature. She also received Karachi Literary Festival Peace Prize for her translation The Sea Lies Ahead offered by the festival and the German Embassy.

Her recent works include: Liking Progress, Loving Change: A Literary History of the Progressive Writers Movement in Urdu (OUO, 2014); a biography of Urdu feminist writer, Dr. Rashid Jahan, A Rebel and her Cause (Women Unlimited, 2014); and a translation of 15 short stories by Intizar Husain titled The Death of Sheherzad (HarperCollins, 2014). She runs an organization called Hindustani Awaaz, devoted to the popularization of Hindi-Urdu literature and culture. Her debut collection of fiction, Release & Other Stories, was published by Harper Collins in 2011, and received critical acclaim. At present, she is writing a biography of the Urdu poet, Shahryrar, for Penguin.

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