Ahmad Bilal Awan Bazm-e-Adab: Fiction Ke Safeer: Parveen Malik on Translating Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things into Urdu

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 4:00pm
KIC Room, Library Building, LUMS

The Gurmani Centre invites you to attend the first session of the  Ahmad Bilal Awan Bazm-e-Adab series Spring 2020, titled Fiction Ke Safeer. This Wednesday, Parveen Malik will be speaking about translating Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things into Urdu.


The Ahmed Bilal Awan Bazm-e-Adab Series for Spring 2020, titled Fiction ke Safeer, will engage with the creative practice of literary translation. The Gurmani Centre will invite two renowned literary p-ractitioners, who have written and translated fiction into Urdu and Punjabi, to discuss the craft, politics, and poetics of literary translation. The first session will feature Parveen Malik, the Urdu translator of Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things. The second guest of the series will be Hameed Razi, who has translated Mario Vargas Llosa’s Who Killed Palomino Molero into Punjabi. Both translators are also celebrated Punjabi fiction writers in their own right. The series will explore the way they navigate this dual role and the close connection between these two practices. The writers will discuss their motivation for selecting these novels for translation and ways in which this endeavor of translating has inspired their own fiction.


Parveen Malik is a writer, translator, journalist, and playwright. She is the author of two Punjabi short story collections: Kī Janañ Maiñ Kaun (1984) and Nikkē Nikkē Dukh (2004), and an Urdu novel titled Ādhi Aurat (1996). Her autobiography Kasīyan da Pāni (2016) not only tells her own story, but also narrates the aftermath of partition in Punjab. Malik has numerous works of translation to her name and has worked across three languages: Punjabi, Urdu, and English.  In 1999 her Urdu translation of Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things (1997), titled Sisaktē Log, was published by Aks Publications. She has also translated Quratulain Hyder’s Urdu novel, Dilruba-Aglē Jannam Mohē Bitīyā na Kījo (2008), into Punjabi

Parveen Malik holds an M.A. in Journalism from Punjab University. She has been a member of the Punjabi Adabi Board since 1992 and became the first female Secretary of the Board in 2009. The Government of Pakistan awarded her the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz in 2017.