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Now that our elections are drawing to a close, Literature Live! Evenings move away from poll-related books to something completely different.
Andrew Whitehead, the former BBC India correspondent and BBC News presenter, has written a biography of Freda Houlston Bedi. Hers is a fascinating life: after marrying a handsome young Sikh in Oxford in 1933, this Englishwoman became an Indian in the true sense, becoming a champion of Indian nationalism, even serving time in jail as a Satyagrahi. In 1947 she joined a women`s militia to defend Srinagar from invading Pakistani tribesmen. In the 1950s, she became a Buddhist and organised help for Tibetan refugees, also setting up a school for young lamas. Later, she became the first ever Western woman to receive full ordination as a Tibetan Buddhist nun.
Andrew Whitehead will be joined by well known actor Kabir Bedi, Freda`s son, in a discussion chaired by columnist, Malavika Sangghvi.
The event will be held at Sophia College`s Convention Centre on Sunday, May 26 at 6.30 PM. The venue can be reached from Warden Road.
Seating, as usual, is on a first come, first served basis, so do come early.