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Interview | Author Savie Karnel on her debut book, freedom of expression, dissent and hope

Set in an imaginary town called Jhunu, The Nameless God unfolds against the backdrop of an unforgettable event in recent Indian history – the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992, and the communal riots that followed right after.

January 30, 2021 / 07:21 AM IST

Savie Karnel spent her childhood reading every book that she could lay her hands on. Living in a small town meant that she had limited access to bookstores and lending libraries but she made the most of what was available. She is now the proud author of The Nameless God, a work of fiction published by Red Panda, the children’s imprint of Westland Publications.

Her smashing debut in January 2021 revolves around two children -- Noor and Bachchu -- who believe that the God they have known all along is too busy to answer their prayers, so they create a new one. Set in an imaginary town called Jhunu, this book unfolds against the backdrop of an unforgettable event in recent Indian history – the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992, and the communal riots that followed right after.

Here are some excerpts from an interview with the author: 

Q: Adults often like to keep children away from politics but your book for children is set during a period of communal violence. What led you to make this decision?