Sense of the City

Language Hat mentions a BBC series called "Sense of the City: How Cities Inspire Authors." There are two South Asian Cities on the list: Colombo, Sri Lanka, by Romesh Gunesekera (whose novel Reef is beautifully written and haunting); and Lahore, Pakistan, by Bapsi Sidhwa. (Sidhwa's novel, Ice-Candy Man was made into the film 1947: Earth by Deepa Mehta.) Lahore is a great city. I spent 18 months there, and can't forget it.

If you click on the 'Watch and Listen' button in the upper right-and corner, you can hear Sidhwa's commentary, along with snippets of qawwali, Muslim devotional music, in the background.

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