“O, be some other name!” spoke Juliet upon discovering Romeo was a Montague. Flash forward to 2015 and love is still a highly dangerous game when it occurs across cultures and countries. This is no more so in Asia. So what are the main taboos across the region when it comes to dating? Is it easy to write about them? Moreover, is it helpful? Three prominent writers will offer their perspectives on these questions.
On the panel will be Turkey’s bestselling female author, Elif Shafak, who has written heavily on love across cultures, Jennifer Klinec, author of The Temporary Bride, an autobiographical account of her marriage to an Iranian man, and Mirza Waheed, author of The Book of Gold Leaves, which looks at a fated relationship in war-torn Kashmir.
Chairing the event will be Sameer Raheem, Arts and Books Editor at Prospect Magazine.