Speaker: Kiran Bhat
Chief Guest: Archith Seshadri
Come listen as Bhat talks about his discoveries as a world traveler and reads excerpts from his new novel, We of the Forsaken World… Copy of the book will be available for sale after the Q&A for 20 USD. Chief guest will be Archith Seshadri. Event will be followed by dinner.
The internet has connected and continues to connect billions of people around the world, sometimes in surprising ways. In his sprawling new novel, we of the forsaken world, author Kiran Bhat has turned the fact of that once-unimaginable connectivity into a metaphor for life itself.
In we of the forsaken world…, Bhat follows the fortunes of 16 people who live in four distinct places on the planet. The gripping stories include those of a man’s journey to the birthplace of his mother, a tourist town destroyed by an industrial spill; a chief’s second son born in a nameless remote tribe, creating a scramble for succession as their jungles are destroyed by loggers; a homeless, one-armed woman living in a sprawling metropolis who sets out to take revenge on the men who trafficked her; and a milkmaid in a small village of shanty shacks connected only by a mud and concrete road who watches the girls she calls friends destroy her reputation.
Like modern communication networks, the stories in we of the forsaken world connect along subtle lines, dispersing at the moments where another story is about to take place. Each story is a parable unto itself, but the tales also expand to engulf the lives of everyone who lives on planet Earth, at every second, everywhere.
Kiran Bhat is the author of the poetry collections Autobiografia (Letrame Editorial, 2019) and Kiran Speaks (White Elephant Press, 2019), as well as the Kannada-language travelogue Tirugaatha (Chiranthana Media Solutions, 2019) and the novel We of the Forsaken World (Iguana Books, 2019). He has traveled to over 130 countries, lived in 18 different places, and speaks 12 languages. He considers Mumbai his spiritual base, but currently lives in Melbourne.
Archith Seshadri is a global journalist based in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the Atlanta Bureau Chief for Nexstar Media Group serving 4 stations that represent 45 counties in Georgia (WJBF, WSAV, WRBL and WSPA). Archith has also written and produced pieces for CNN, HLN, CNN International, Atlanta Journal Constitution and Khabar Magazine. He thrives on breaking news, live reporting, social media engagement and entertainment stories. Archith has covered the Ebola outbreak from Atlanta, National Police Week from Washington D.C., the US 2016 election coverage from New York, the historic Trump-Modi meeting from the White House, and field anchored from across India.