OCSI DIALOGUES – An Evening with Authors on Saturday, 20 January 2018

What :  OCSI DIALOGUES – An Evening with Authors
Where :  Committee Room I, India International Centre Annexe, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.
When : 20th January, 2018, at 07:00 pm

On behalf of the Oxford and Cambridge Society of India, The President, Oxford and Cambridge Society of India is delighted to invite you to ‘An Evening with Authors’ on Saturday, 20 January 2018 at 7 pm at Committee Room I, India International Centre Annexe, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.

Please join us for an evening of stories and conversations with some of our member authors who will discuss their journeys, and the trials and tribulations in writing their respective books.  Drinks and snacks will be served during this event at no charge.

The speakers for the evening are Chandrahas Choudhury (author, Clouds and Arzee the Dwarf), Gun Nidhi Dalmia (author, Harp), Ketaki Karnik (author, The Case of the Chinese Mastermind and The Case of the Vicious Vampires) and Nur Laiq (author, Talking to Arab Youth: Revolution and Counter-revolution in Egypt and Tunisia).

Information on the Speakers:

Chandrahas Choudhury

Chandrahas is the author of the novels Clouds (2018) and Arzee the Dwarf (2009), which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth First Book Prize and also published in German and Spanish translations. He was at University of Cambridge between 2000 and 2003, where he did a second BA in English and then an M.Phil in American Literature. He lives in Delhi and works full-time as a writer across the fields of novels, literary criticism, reportage, travel writing and political opinion. Clouds, which is published this month by Simon & Schuster, is set in Mumbai and is a book about love, friendship, Hinduism, democracy and clouds in India today.

Gun Nidhi Dalmia

Gun Nidhi is an alumni of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, and pursued his post graduate education at the Sorbonne and University of Oxford as well as management education at Harvard Business School. He is a sports enthusiast, enjoys travelling, Western pop music, Indian and Western classical music and plays the piano. Harp (2016) is his first novel. Set in the zeitgeist and idealism of the late sixties, Harp is about love, longing and coming of age. Moving through India, Europe and USA, Harp follows the lives of three young people as they engage with the cultural, sexual, student revolutions and the music of the sixties.

Ketaki Karnik

Armed with a quantum of Physics and a MBA from the University of Oxford, Ketaki roller-coastered through the corporate world and recently turned entrepreneur and an advisor for social enterprises. Through all this, her only lifeline to sanity has been concocting mysteries – surviving bizarre situations by devising conspiracy theories, turning eccentric colleagues into suspicious characters and dissecting clues during endless meetings! The outcome is the Crime Busters’ League series – mystery novels targeted at children in the 10-15 years age group. The first two books of the series (The Case of the Chinese Mastermind (2015) and The Case of the Vicious Vampires (2017)) have been published. In addition to being a mystery fiction junkie, Ketaki is a movie buff who loves the guitar, chocolates and anything sci-fic.

Nur Laiq

Nur is visiting fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi and Georgetown University, Washington, DC. She is a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Group on Youth, Peace and Security. She has worked in the UN Department of Political Affairs Policy Planning Unit, New York, at the International Peace Institute, New York, and at the European Commission External Action Service, Brussels. She has worked on a general election campaign in New Delhi and as a research assistant in the UK Parliament in London. Nur is the author of Talking to Arab Youth: Revolution and Counter-revolution in Egypt and Tunisia (IPI, 2013) and co-editor of The Search for Peace in the Arab-Israeli Conflict (OUP, 2014). She received her MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from University of Oxford in 2005.


Venue: Committee Room I, India International Centre Annexe, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
Date: Saturday, 20 January 2018
Time: 7pm
Drinks and snacks will be served at no charge
Registration: The event is open to members of the OCSI and alumni. As there is limited capacity of the hall, please register your participation by emailing Neha Goyal at neha.goyal82@gmail.com

Looking forward to seeing you.

Vikram Lall


The Oxford and Cambridge Society of India

Personal email ID: vikramlall@me.com

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