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Thursday 30 April 2015 
AfK - Conference Hall - 6:30 pm

with Saad Shafqat and Shandana Minhas
Thursday 30 April - 6:30 pm Conference Hall

Saad Shafqat and Shandana Minhas in a conversation about process and publishing. Featuring a short introduction to the work of Sayan Mukherjee, illustrator of Survival Tips for Lunatic, winner of the French Embassy Fiction Prize for 2015.

(© Sayan Mukherjee)

Saad Shafqat is a neurologist by profession and a writer by inclination. He was born and educated in Karachi, attending Habib Public School, DJ College, and Aga Khan University, before obtaining a PhD in neuroscience from Duke University and specializing as a neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. At present, he is Professor and Head of Neurology at Aga Khan University Hospital. His writing endeavors include the novel Breath of Death (Chlorophyll: Delhi), a medical thriller set in Karachi. He has also been an opinion columnist for the cricket website ESPNcricinfo, in addition to co-authoring Cutting Edge (Oxford), the autobiography of Javed Miandad. Saad has also written on a range of social issues in various national and international publications.

Shandana Minhas is a Pakistani English-language novelist. Her first novel, Tunnel Vision, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 2008. Her second book, Survival Tips for Lunatics, won the KLF French Embassy Fiction Prize for 2015.
Her fiction has appeared in the Indian Quarterly and been adapted for stage and screen. Her columns and essays have appeared in assorted Op-Ed pages and online. She was a writer-in-residence at the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program in 2013. Shandana is currently working on another novel, and a short story collection.

Sayan Mukherjee is an art director at an advertising agency. He loves to dabble always in paints and colours.He is very passionate about his art and carries his sketchbook wherever he goes.He is very fond of graphic novels and his first released last year. He currently shifted back to his hometown Kolkata after a few years’ stint in Bangalore.