Liz Chatterjee and Raghu Karnad in conversation
Oxford’s MSc in Contemporary India’s alumnus, Raghu Karnad (MSc CI 2008-2009), launched his book The Farthest Field: An Indian story of the Second World War at Blackwells Bookshop on Tuesday 23rd June (his essay on this theme was runner up for the Bodley Head/Financial Times non-fiction prize in 2012).
As part of the launch Liz Chatterjee, who graduated form the MSc in the same year and is now a fellow at All Souls College, and Raghu talked about life-writing, nationalism, family, the line between history and fiction, his gorgeous prose, and much more besides.
Raghu himself is a fascinating individual, a former editor of Time Out Delhi and reporter at Tehelka and Outlook. Now a contributing editor (and co-founder) at the brand-new outlet TheWire.in, he has written on everything from the Japanese in Delhi's Old Fort to the politics of liquor.