Monocle Reads: Annie Zaidi
This is Monica reads I'm Georgina Godwin don't the line from them by is Anita Zaidi former newspaper and magazine reporter her award-winning Writing Spans both fiction and nonfiction. Her latest work breath to cement cactus is her entry into the dots prize. It's a new award for creative thinking that. Contemporary Issues in society. Any, welcome. Thanks so much for for coming on to speak to us the nine dots prizes really important in the evolution of your work. Can you tell us a little bit about the award? I heard of the nine dots prize in two thousand, eighteen, late two, thousand, eighteen. It's a very new price a open to anyone anywhere in the world which I think is really Borton varieties make me because. while we have been writing and engaging with issues in our own country for many years now been writing the twentieth. Vera often not flood outside the country. Often we don't get to enter into the global debates from an eastern perspective or a non Western trick perspective. So for us, that was a great opportunity also the nine dots prices unique in that it offers your topic and the topic is a question of contemporary benefits. So the first year I think it was about technology advantix and the second time the topic was. Gain wants to say that there's no place like home and in the light off the refugee crisis immigration ease of travel people being able to move very quickly not only between cities, not only their daily commutes but also just anywhere on the planet, you could have woken John live in the United States for instance. But. For All these different reasons, the question had become quite important for a lot of people everywhere the move so much. This was a question that. For me held great residents because even though I haven't moved that much, I haven't moved countries for instance more or less except for very brief periods lived in India. And in the cities, I've lived several years it's rare for me to move somewhere suggest for six months. But. Everywhere that I've lived I found myself struggling in some way to belong or to dig a conscious decision that I can live here and be accepted here and and you're not just. To live here till end of my days. So the question of belonging was one that I had been thinking about for a very long time and they did God text often also in the context of displacement of. National identity because we are a nation that has been partitioned. So recently in my case as as you will those feel read the booklet see that in my case, the question had. Double Resonance. because. My identity was split across religious lines and the country was split across religious leads to. The question is really important to me and the question was also. It connected me with the word in in a special way and it allowed me to summon all my research along with my personal experience and put together this book which the nine votes aloud and anybody. No, it's a combination of memoir and reputation. It's really I, suppose in the form of essays. Yes it is. It is sort of disparate and yet ISA builds on the previous ones. So you kind of get a composite sense of identity and belonging to this set of essays you could say yet. You were mentioning politician and of course, it's eighty years after India and Pakistan separated. This is absolutely key to the book just just remind us. Why. Because India's, we know it in its current form in shape did not exist until nineteen, forty, seven however India is a concept has existed for Millennia, not just the earliest references to what become padded clash, but instance are would do millionaire.