On Thursday 27th September Blackwell’s Norrington Room played host to Tarun Tejpal, journalist, publisher, novelist and founder of Tehelka, one of India’s leading news magazines.
Tarun spoke to us in detail about his latest book, The Story of My Assassins – a searing portrayal of life in contemporary India. Based on actual events, it tells the story of a journalist who learns that the police have captured five hitmen on their way to kill him. Blowing apart the relative comfort of his former life, just as he’s started upon a steamy affair with a brilliant woman, the news prompts him to launch an urgent investigation into the lives of his would-be murderers.
‘The Story of My Assassins’ is a novel of extremes. A piercing enquiry into both severe poverty and obscene wealth, it takes us on a journey into the heart of today’s India.
The Free Speech Debate Project, an Oxford University research project on freedom of speech, was there to film the action. See their excellent video of the event by clicking on the link below: