Team Kitaab is in conversation with author, historian, and translator Rana Safvi where we talk about her latest book, A Saint, a Folk Tale and Other Stories (Rupa Publications, 2021), and her writing process.
Rana Safvi is a passionate believer in India’s unique civilizational legacy and pluralistic culture which she documents through her writings, podcasts, and videos. She has published seven books so far on culture, history, and the monuments of India. These are Tales from the Quran and Hadith, The Delhi Trilogy: Where Stones Speak, The Forgotten Cities of Delhi, and Shahjahanabad: The Living City of Old Delhi. She has translated both the editions of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan’s seminal work on Delhi, Asar-us-Sanadid, Dastan-e-Ghadar, and four accounts of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Delhi from Urdu to English.