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Speakers

Journalist & Writer

Authors Taran Khan and Samhita Arni share personal experiences and stories from their time spent in Kabul, peeling away the many layers that make up the city and its rich and tumultuous history. 

Taran N. Khan is a journalist based in Mumbai, and author of Shadow City: A Woman Kabul. Taran spent time working in Kabul between 2006 and 2013. She grew up in Aligarh and was educated in New Delhi and London. Shadow City, her first book, won the Tata Literature Live! First Non-Fiction Book Award for 2020. It has also been nominated for the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2021.

Samhita Arni is the author of four books, and retells mythological stories. Her most recent book is The Prince. She lived and worked in Kabul in 2012 and 2013. Samhita was previously on BIC Talks to talk about Sex in Indian Epics and Literature (Episode #62) and on Pandemics in Prose (Episode #10).

Speakers

Taran N. Khan

Journalist & Writer

Taran N. Khan is a journalist and writer based in Mumbai. She grew up in Aligarh and was educated in Delhi and London. She has published widely in India and internationally, including in Guernica, Al Jazeera, The Caravan and Himal Southasian and has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Jan Michalski Foundation and Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia. From 2006 to 2013, Khan spent long periods living and working in Kabul. Shadow City is her first book.

Samhita Arni

Writer

When she was eight, Samhita Arni started writing and illustrating her first book. The Mahabharata – A Child’s View went on to be published in seven language editions and sell 50,000 copies worldwide. Samhita’s second book, Sita’s Ramayana, a graphic novel developed in collaboration with Patua artist Moyna Chitrakar, was on the New York Times Bestseller list for Graphic Novels. Her third book, is The Missing Queen. Samhita was also head scriptwriter for the first season of ‘The Defenders’, a TV series produced by Tolo TV in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Prince is her fourth book.