Interview in the Dhaka Tribune

Somnath Batabyal: Interconnected cities
Sabrina Toppa

Somnath Batabyal’s debut novel The Price You Pay follows a Delhi crime journalist’s search for truth. Somnath started his career as a journalist reporting on crime, but he now teaches at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

He will appear in this year’s Hay Festival Dhaka to discuss world capitals, commerce and globalization in Thursday’s “Cities” panel alongside Rana Dasgupta and Javed Jahangir. On Friday, he will join British historian William Dalrymple to interrogate the historical narratives behind the Anglo-Afghan War.

Read the full interview here


Somnath Batabyal at Hay Festival, Dhaka

In conversation with Rana Das Gupta and Javed Jahangir: Review in The Daily Star

The (False) Seduction of Cities


Photo by Ridwan Adid Rupon

The irony of going to attend a Hay Festival session on globalisation, capital, and the brutality of an urban landscape shaped by neo-liberal ideas of capitalism was not lost on me. With the recent case of three outsiders brutally assaulted on dubious grounds not far from the Hay Festival location of Bangla Academy, the issues touched upon at the session struck a chord with the Bengali audience…

Read full article by Shaer Raez