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Moupia Basu has worked as a journalist with The Times of India, The Economic Times, The Indian Express, and Business Today. She has written on a variety of topics including business, education, art and culture and travel. Her debut book, Khoka, was published in 2015. Her books, The Queen's Last Salute - The story of the Rani of Jhansi and the 1857 Mutiny, and Anarkali and Salim - a retelling of Mughal e Azam were bestsellers. Moupia believes that the objective of a historical fiction writer should be to bring alive certain aspects of history, not change it; to present and enhance what’s there, and pull it out from the layers of obscurity.

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Panel on - Historical Fiction - A sneak Peak into the past

On 28th Nov 03.00 p.m. - 3.40 p.m.


Writing Historical Fiction - Telling our history through stories

On 29th Nov 2.00 pm to 2.40 pm

I had consistently appreciated understanding history, generally Indian history, in school. However, tragically, the set of experiences we read in school is neither far reaching, nor locks in. It was just, when I began going around the nation, with my better half, who being in the military was posted at better places that I began studying the set of experiences and culture of our nation. Furthermore, to my extraordinary favorable luck, I had the opportunity to live in spots that had a brilliant history and significant occasions set apart in their authentic schedule. One such spot was Jhansi. What's more, in the event that you are in Jhansi, you can't get away from the overwhelming Jhansi fortification or the accounts of Maharani Lakshmibai. You can feel her quality for what it's worth. Orchha, the past capital of Bundelkhand is only 20 kilometers from Jhansi and is an unquestionable requirement for a vacationer location for all guests to Jhansi. When I visited this enchanting town, I was really snared. There was simply an excess of fables to be overlooked. Both these towns had a rich authentic legacy, and however, in two unique states, offered me enough material for a story. Our set of experiences resembles a secret stash.

The target of a chronicled fiction essayist should be to bring alive certain parts of history, not change it; to present and upgrade what's there, or haul it out from layers of lack of definition. I don't think we reserve the privilege to change the occasions by and large. In any case, history is abstract as well and furthermore diversely deciphered.