Event / King's College London

Dreamers: Book Launch and Discussion with Snigdha Poonam

19 Jan 2018 – 18.00 - 19.30

600 million Indians, more than half the population, are under twenty-five. This generation lives between extremes: more connected and global than ever, but with narrow ideas of Indian identity; raised with the cultural values of their grandparents, but the life goals of American teenagers. These dreamers are the face of a new India. Angry, and frustrated with being marginalised by both globalisation and India’s old politics, they place hope in the Modi government’s exclusionary nationalism and, above all, in their personal truths: shape your own future; exploit, or be exploited.

Snigdha Poonam tracks these young fortune-seekers — aspiring Bollywood stars and clickbait gurus, the Cow Protection Army hoodlums and Allahabad University’s first female Student Union President — all united by the belief that they were born for bigger and better things. Dreamers brings to life their boundless ambition and extraordinary imagination to create opportunities in the unlikeliest of spaces.

Join us for an engaging evening of discussion with author Snigdha Poonam and journalist Ian Jack, followed by a wine reception.

About the author

Snigdha Poonam is a journalist based in Delhi. She has written about a changing India for a wide range of publications including the New York Times, the Guardian, Granta, Financial Times and GQ. Dreamers is her first book. Her article ‘Lady Singham’s Mission Against Love’ was runner-up in the Bodley Head / Financial Times Essay Prize, 2015.

About the moderator

Ian Jack edited Granta magazine and the Independent on Sunday and now writes for the Guardian. As a foreign correspondent, he began to write from and about South Asia in the 1970s.


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