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A Tropical Breakdown: Partition, Inherited Sadness and Mental illness

Piece shortlisted for Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2012 (amended) My father told me a story, when I was perhaps too young to understand its import, about his emergency admission as a patient to the Hospital of Tropical Diseases in London. It was the ‘50s and he was an overseas student living far from his newly … Continue reading

Events, Gigs etc.

  • Saving EH4  performed as one of 50 plays for Edinburgh at the Traverse. Spectacular theatrical marathon and sold out show of 52 back-to-back 500 word plays, from the Traverse 50 and Zinnie Harris and Keiran Hurley.
  • December 2012 selected as one of the Traverse Fifty #traversefifty and even sometimes #traverse50. A year-long attachment with the Traverse as a celebration of its 50th anniversary.
  • All That Glitters is a tragicomic monologue. A work in progress, to be part of a linked series of Muslim “talking heads”. Rukhsana Akram, a British Asian designer, with hidden shallows, is interviewed after the disastrous failure of her runway show at Islamabad Fashion Week. Her story is inspired by a news piece that was widely circulated about a purported edict of the Council of Islamic Ideology in Pakistan. Featured as part of ELEMENTS: a scratch night collaboration with Tamasha and South Asian Literature Festival at the Bush Theatre on Friday 2nd November 2012.
  • I want to bask, for a moment, in the news that my piece "A Tropical Breakdown" has been shortlisted for the Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2012  for Life Writing. The winners will be announced at a special event at Asia House on 3rd October: London's Radical South Asian Writers-Retro Style  Susheila Nasta will be talking with Daljit Nagra, Bidisha and Shyama Perera.
  • At Tamasha New Writing Showcase, on 30th March 2012, I had a short scene, from a developing play, read by Shaheen Khan-Levy, Jaz Deol, Asif Khan and Samatha Peiris. I, also, was honoured to  read the part of Amma in Ayeesha Menon's Mumbai Family scene. I hope she will let me perform in more of her work.
  • Part 3 of Under the Skin, South Asian Literature Festival series on BBC Radio 4. Kavita Bhanot's Eyebrows will be read at 00 30 on Saturday night/Sunday morn., 4th March 2012 on BBC Radio 4. It is read by NSR Khan in the part of Nani, and Deni Francis (Narrator) and Lyndam Gregory.
  • Part 2 of Under the Skin: Reshma Ruia's Another Life, a caustic tale of abandoned dreams, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 00 30  on 26th March 2012. Read by Lyndam Gregory, Deni Francis and NSR Khan.
  • Under the Skin 1/3: Correspondence by NSR Khan on BBC Radio 4 "Listen Again" for 7 days: BBC iPlayer - Under the Skin: Correspondence.
  • Correspondence to be broadcast Saturday night/Sunday morning 19th February at 00 30 on Radio 4 as part of the Under the Skin series. A celebration of the South Asian Literary Festival. BBC - BBC Radio 4 Programmes - Under the Skin.