Behind the Bookshelves: The literary influences of Madhavi Divan

The Senior Advocate speaks about her mother's book on Lord Curzon, her love for the works of Jhumpa Lahiri and Saadat Hasan Manto, translations of literary works, and more.
Behind the Bookshelves: The literary influences of Madhavi Divan
Madhavi Divan - Behind the Bookshelves

Behind the Bookshelves is a segment where we delve into the reading habits of trailblazers and news makers from across the legal fraternity.

In the sixth edition, we find out the literary interests of Senior Advocate and Additional Solicitor General Madhavi Divan, who reveals how her parents shaped her reading interests. Her mother, Nayana Goradia, was a published author, having written a biography on Lord Curzon.

She recalls,

"Lord Curzon was for a long time a bane in my life, because he occupied so much of my mother's time. The standing joke in our household was that I got to hear tales of Lord Curzon as bed-time stories!"

She also shares her love for the works of authors like Jhumpa Lahiri and Saadat Hasan Manto, and has an illuminating conversation with Nandini Khaitan on the translation of literary works from various languages to English.

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In the last edition, Senior Counsel Navroz Seervai was quizzed on his knowledge of poetry.

Previously, Dr Abhishek Manu Singhvi spoke about the evolution of his love affair with books, and how despite not being very well written, some books can cast a spell on you.

Our guest on the third episode of Behind the Bookshelves was Senior Advocate Darius Khambata.

In the second edition, Senior Advocate Raju Ramachandran revealed how his aim was to be a journalist.

Gopal Subramanium, Senior Advocate and former Solicitor General of India, was kind enough to agree to be our first guest on Behind the Bookshelves.

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