Divya Mathur’s story collection in Urdu ‘Zeharmohra’ Launched


23 May 2016, London, Asio-European Cultural Exchange Society (ACES) and Sir Syed Foundation-London celebrated the publication of a  selection of Divya Mathur’s short stories translated into Urdu by Dr Arjumand Ara of Delhi University by launching it at the prestigious Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS London University.

After a brief welcome by Mahamid Mustafa Ahmed, Chair of ACES, Prof Raza Ali Abidi, former head of BBC Urdu Service; launched the book along with Prof Fransesca Orsini, Chair of the Centre for Literary, Cultural and Postcolonial Studies, SOAS, Namita Gokhale, Festival Director, Jaipur Literature Festival and novelist, who is known for her adaptations of classical myths, and Rakhshanda Jalil, writer, critic and literary historian, best known for book, Invisible City, and Qaisara Shahraz, well-known novelist and Director of Asia Pacific Writers & Translators.

Dr Hilal Fareed, an Orthopaedic Surgeon by profession, poet and the president of Aligarh Muslim University Alumni Association-UK introduced the author, Divya Mathur, Founder president of Vatayan and Aasha Foundation, who has been awarded by the Arts Council of England for promoting Indo-British dialogue. An award winning author of seven poetry and six story collections, her debut novel, Shaam bhar baatien, is in Delhi University’s syllabus for BA Hons students.