Latest publication: God’s Little Soldier, Noida: HarperCollins India, 2006
«Zia has a way with numbers. He can square and cube any figure, whether it's five digits or fifteen, and just as easily calculate the square or cube root, even if it means entering decimal territory. Go ahead, test him. 6 x 6, that's easy, anybody can tell you it's 36. 36 x 36? Need some help with the answer? Before you can hit the second key on the calculator, Zia will tell you it's 1'296. Now cube that. Don't bother to say Jack and the rest of it. 2'176'782'336. You think Zia's bluffing? Go ahead. Use the calculator. Are you finally convinced that he is not making it all up? Zia can zip and unzip through arithmetic with barely a trace of conscious thought and yet he believes that what he excels at is cricket.» From: God's Little Soldier
Her Indian childhood and the violent political past in West Bengal are the main topics of Shumona Sinha's latest novel “Calcutta”. It will be the focus of this lecture. Sinha, however, will also speak about her experiences during her residency in Zurich.