Aatish Taseer first visited Benares, the spiritual capital of Hinduism, when he was eighteen, having come of age among the westernised intellectual and cultural elite of New Delhi. Two decades later, Aatish left his life in Manhattan to go in search of the Brahmins, wanting to understand his own estrangement from India through their ties to tradition. In the confusion of Benares where globalisation collides with ancient customs, his journey of self-discovery is beautifully woven together with the identity of India old and new.
Described by VS Naipaul as ‘a young writer to watch’ Aatish Taseer has been lauded for his novels – The Temple-Goers was shortlisted for the Costa First novel award – and is a contributor to the International New York Times. He will be chatting with Ellen Barry, the former India correspondent for the New York Times