In Partnership with SOAS South Asia Institute
More than half of India’s population, some 600 million people, is under twenty-five. This generation lives between extremes: more connected and global than ever, but with narrow ideas of Indian identity; raised with the cultural values of their grandparents, but the life goals of American teenagers. These dreamers are the face of a new India. Angry, and frustrated with being marginalised by both globalisation and India’s old politics, they place hope in the Modi government’s exclusionary nationalism and, above all, in their personal truths: shape your own future; exploit, or be exploited.
Journalist Snigdha Poonam tracks these young fortune-seekers—aspiring Bollywood stars and clickbait gurus, the Cow Protection Army hoodlums and Allahabad University’s first female Student Union President since Independence—all united by the belief that they were born for bigger and better things. Poonam’s new book Dreamers brings to life their boundless ambition and extraordinary imagination to create opportunities in the unlikeliest of spaces.
Join us for an evening at Asia House with journalist Snigdha Poonam, in partnership with SOAS South Asia Institute for the launch of this exciting new book. The author will be in conversation with the BBC’s Nomia Iqbal. The talk will be followed by a book signing and drinks reception.
About the author
Snigdha Poonam is a writer with the Hindustan Times in Delhi. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times and Granta. Her article ‘Lady Singham’s Mission Against Love’ was runner-up in the Bodley Head / Financial Times Essay Prize, 2015
About the moderator
Nomia Iqbal is an award-winning BBC Broadcaster and Journalist who has traveled across South Asia, Africa and Europe specialising in politics, governance and youth issues. She presents her own current news and affairs discussion show on the BBC Asian network which covers national and international issues affecting British Asians. She is also a presenter for the BBC World Service’s breakfast show, for BBC 5live and works as a correspondent for domestic and international television. Iqbal has worked at Newsbeat – BBC Radio 1’s news service dedicated to young people.
In Partnership with
General Admission: £10, Concessions: £8, Asia House Arts Members: £5