kamila shamshieConsequences of war and politics on humanity was the topic of discussion by internationally acclaimed authors who shared personal experiences ranging from battleground stories to sitting down to write a novel.

At a session at Zee Jaipur Literature Festival here, they also underlined the importance of novels which give accounts of war in raising awareness about its destructive consequences.

Pakistani novelist Kamila Shamshie, who has authored the multi-layered novel “A God in Every Stone,” told the gathering how deeply she was affected by the fate of unnamed soldiers from Indian villages serving in British Army during the World War-I.

Asia House has partnered with the Bagri Foundation to create 2014’s Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival. Seeing key speakers, journalists and award-winning authors, the festival celebrates the cultural works and contributions of the Pan Asian community.

Hanif KureishiRunning between May 6 and 21, the Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival will see a number of key events take place at Asia House, Rich Mix and London’s Southbank Centre.

From notable discussions and talks, audiences and avid literary fans will have the opportunity to learn more about the vibrant and colourful world of pan-Asian Literature and its specific cultural significances.

The Pakistani writer on patriarchy, cricket and the unashamedly political nature of her novels: The Guardian

kamila shamshie“I want to go to Peshawar,” a young Englishwoman with a passion for archeology tells her mother in Kamila Shamsie’s latest novel, A God in Every Stone (Bloomsbury), “because there’s more past than present there.” While Vivian Rose Spencer goes on to dig her way into the past literally – in a dramatic hunt for an ancient artefact as Britain’s imperial reign crumbles – Shamsie does so with words. “I love the part of history that is story,” she tells me from her flat perched high among trees near Lord’s cricket ground in north London. “If a thing is interesting enough, then I want to find the story in it.”

After six years of living in Britain, the author thought that the path to citizenship would be easy. She was wrong – but the fraught journey forced her to think about privilege, identity and the hostility that immigrants can face:  The Guardian

kamila shamshieFive years previously, when I had entered the UK on a Writers, Artists and Composers visa I thought the road to settlement, and then citizenship, was flat and paved. As long as I could maintain myself financially, continued to work as a writer, and didn’t break any laws, I’d be eligible for ILR in five years, and citizenship a year later. And then there would be a citizenship ceremony to end it all, which seemed a pleasant enough idea. I’m all for rituals to mark moments of significance. But I wasn’t prepared for the mutable nature of immigration laws, and their ability to make migrants feel perpetually insecure, particularly as the rhetoric around migration mounted. “I didn’t think that would affect someone like you,” a large number of Brits said to me over the years, with the implacable British belief that if you’re middle class you exist under a separate set of laws. They weren’t entirely wrong – the more privileged you are in terms of income and education the more likely it is you’ll be able to clear all hurdles. It’s only the rich around whose convenience immigration laws are tailored.