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ISF+: A Delhi Obsession - An Evening with M.G. Vassanji

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Ismaili Centre Vancouver

4010 Canada Way

Burnaby, BC V5G 1G8


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A DELHI OBSESSION, An Evening with M.G. Vassanji

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"Is there any Canadian writer who contemplates the meaning of time with greater distinction and intellectual grace than M.G. Vassanji?" —Literary Review of Canada

In association with: Ismaili Centre Vancouver and Penguin Random House

Two-time Giller Prize winner M.G. Vassanji returns with a powerful new novel about grief and second chances, tradition and rebellion, set in vibrant present-day Delhi.

Munir Khan, a recent widower from Toronto, on a whim decides to visit Delhi, the city of his forebears. Born in Kenya, he has lost all family connections, and has never visited India before.

While sitting in the bar of the Delhi Recreational Club where he's staying, an attractive woman joins his table to await her husband. A sparring match ensues. The two are from different worlds: Munir is a westernized agnostic of Muslim origin; Mohini, a modern Hindu woman. Utterly witty and charming, she's religiously traditional, but also a liberal and provocative newspaper columnist. Against her better judgment, Mohini agrees to show Munir around the city. As they explore the thriving markets and historical buildings of Old Delhi, an inexplicable attraction begins.

What follows is a passionate love affair--uncontrollable yet impossible. This is a period of rising Indian nationalism in modern India that at times finds outlet in senseless violence. Constantly lurking at Munir's Club is the menacing and foreboding presence of a fanatical nationalist group. To them Munir Khan is simply a Muslim "love-jihadi" who has led the pride of Hindu womanhood, Mohini Singh, astray.

Join us for this special event at the beautiful Ismaili Centre Vancouver to mark the Vancouver launch of A Delhi Obsession. Mr. Vassanji will sign copies of the book following his talk. A limited number of copies will be available for sale at the event. Choose the ‘Book Bundle’ ticket to pre-order and guarantee your copy!

Event Promotional Partner: Hari Sharma Foundation


Doors open & Book pickup: 6:00 pm

Event starts: 6:30 pm, followed by a book signing.

Event ends: 8:00 pm


Are there fees on top of the ticket price?

For your convenience our listed ticket prices include GST. Service fees will be added at checkout.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

This is an all-ages event. Everyone, including children of any age, requires a ticket.

What is the refund policy for this event?

Refunds are not available for any Indian Summer Arts Society events.

Is there assigned seating?

Seating is first-come first-served so be sure to arrive early! Doors open at 6:00 pm

Will there be tickets available at the door?

While there may be some tickets available at the door, we recommend buying in advance as many events do sell out. The Box Office will open at 6:00 pm the day-of the event and be located at the Ismaili Centre Burnaby. Tickets will be available for purchase by cash or credit card while supplies last.

Will I be allowed in if I arrive late?

Latecomers will be permitted entry and seated by an usher at designated pauses in the show.

What is the accessibility of this event?

Mobility Access: The Ismaili Centre is wheelchair and scooter accessible, including washrooms, ramps and elevators, and wide entrances and exits. The front entrance is at street level. Once inside, there is an elevator on the right which will take you upstairs to our event. Wheelchair accessible seating can be at the front or at the back, email engage@indiansummerfest.ca to specify your preference.

Complimentary Companion Ticketing: We offer one complimentary companion ticket for those who require mobility assistance in order to attend. When purchasing tickets, please continue to “checkout” where you may select a complimentary companion.

Parking: There is wheelchair accessible parking right by the front entrance. Complimentary parking will be available in the Upper Parking lot, located at the south-east corner of Curle Avenue and Kalyk Avenue (Map).

Transit: Plan your trip. Address: 4010 Canada Way, Burnaby, BC V5G 1G8

Bathrooms: There are a mix of single stalled and multi-stalled bathrooms. All washrooms are accessible for wheelchairs and scooters.

Low Vision: This is low vision friendly programming, insofar as the programming itself is auditory. We offer one complimentary companion ticket for those who require assistance in order to attend.

Seating Plan: Individual chairs, with arms, arranged on a flat floor, facing the elevated stage, with a wide centre aisle. The event is general admission: to reserve any seating location for accessibility reasons, contact engage@indiansummerfest.ca

Priority seating and early entry is available for this event for people with invisible disability, low vision, or chronic pain. We can arrange this onsite, or contact us to plan in advance.

Scent: While Indian Summer Festival emails all ticket holders requesting that attendees refrain from wearing scented products at all of our events, we do not enforce this policy, nor does this venue have permanent scent-free policies in place.

If you have any access requests or concerns regarding this information please email Laura June at engage@indiansummerfest.ca.

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