A City Happens in Love
Nominated | Book Awards 2019 | Translated into English, Translations
A City Happens in Love (Ishq Mei Shahar Hona)
Author: Ravish Kumar
Publisher: Speaking Tiger Publishing
Translator: Akhil Katyal
Original Language: Hindi
Award Category: Translated into English, Translations
About the Book:
A boy from Bihar living in Lajpat Nagar likes a momo-seller from the Northeast; she likes him too, but when he gifts her a token from his village, his dreams come crashing down. Samar travels with his beloved in a DTC bus in Delhi, the only space in the city where they can meet, but he’s afraid to call out her name for fear it will be recognized. A couple shelters from rain underneath a flyover, hoping for a moment of seclusion, but staring eyes pour water on their dreams. And a girl lets herself into her lover’s rented room, finds a bunch of letters from his past flames, and leaves him an unusual farewell note.
In these crisp, powerful, micro stories, the celebrated journalist, TV anchor and writer Ravish Kumar brings alive the love, longing and heartbreak which flourish in the city’s spaces. And even as lovers find the niches they need, the city itself shapes their relationships.
Brilliantly translated from the bestselling Hindi original Ishq Mein Shahar Hona, A City Happens in Love is a tribute to the modern Indian city, its capaciousness, and to the power of love.
About the Author:
Ravish Kumar, writer, journalist and social commentator, is Senior Executive Editor with NDTV India. Included in the list of 100 Most Influential Indians by the Indian Express in 2016, Ravish received the prestigious Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Award for Hindi Journalism and Creative Writing 2010, the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2017 and the inaugural Kuldip Nayar Journalism Award in 2017. His other books include Ishq Mein Shahar Hona, Dekhte Rahiye and Ravishpanti.