On Bangalore International Centre had invited Ms. Manreet Sodhi Someshwar, Writer, Novelist and Blogger to speak to the audience about her recent book “The Taj Conspiracy” and to talk on “Crime Fiction as a Mirror to Society”. The talk was arranged on Thursday, 14th June, 2012 at 6:30 pm. Ms. Someshwar was in conversation with Ms. Munira Sen, Director, Common Purpose.
Mr. Ashish Sen, well-known Bangalore theatre personality opened the event by reading a few excerpts from the book- “The Taj Conspiracy”. Ms. Munira thereafter gave the synopsis of the book to get the audience a feel of what the book was about. The details came through the dialogue which she had with the author thereafter.
The book deals with the Mughal scholar Mehrunnisa Khosa. On her return to India Mehrunisa started working with her godfather, an eminent scholar on Taj Mahal. One night she discovered the body of the Taj supervisor, slain according to Sharia law, and the Quranic calligraphy on the tomb of Queen Mumtaz altered to suggest a Hindu origin of the Taj Mahal. Mehrunisa’s investigation of the Taj conspiracy revealed several threads: Islamic militants are planning an attack on Taj to coincide with the visit of the US President, while a Hindu right wing party looking to reverse its electoral loss is ratcheting up its anti-Muslim agenda by discrediting the famed Muslim monument.
Ms. Someshwar stated that in all her three books- “Earning the Laundry Stripes”, “The Long Walk Home” and “The Taj Conspiracy” she had dealt with the issues related to fate and fundamentalism, and feminism.
Ms. Munira Sen very adroitly moderated the event.A very interesting and informal question-answer session with the audience followed after the conversation between the moderator and the speaker.