Trickster City: Writings from the belly of the metropolis (Penguin India) was launched on 12th February 2010 at the CSDS Lawns, 29 Rajpur Road, Delhi. Find links to reviews of Trickster City below.
Writers Neelofar, Lakhmi Kohli, Azra Tabassum, Suraj Rai, Jaanu Nagar and Love Anand
Photos by Mitoo Das
Translator Shveta Sarda, with the writers. "To make a place in the world, is to ask ourselves, where we come from and where we will be going. This 'where' is a complex weave, interlaced with biographies, events, subjectivities, attitudes, obstructions, reveries..."
R. Sivapriya, our editor at Penguin, presents a copy of the book to Azra Tabassum, formally launching the book.
"We live in the city. In living in it, we affirm its multifareous forms, and yet we find ourselves incomplete within it. It is in this incompleteness that the desire to search begins. As we search, some people appear around us as missing persons."
"Stories never complete themselves. They always remain unfinished, and that's their strength. This is what keeps alive an anticipation in listening, and surprises the story teller."
"What is life? What is life force? What is to crack something open to make it reveal itself? What is a mystery? What is truth? What is a lie? What is imagination? Who are we? And who am I?"
"The state prepares its eyes in such a way that it will approve of us only when we dawn on certain costumes. But in the time this eye takes to blink, so many kinds of scenes – internal and external to us – open themselves out."
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Go back to the previous page, to read about Trickster City, including details of where to buy it, or download and read an english translation of the writers' introduction of their book and thoughts on the city and about writing.
Go to reviews.