AGM Lecture – Vaseem Khan: Killing Gandhi, Dante’s Divine Comedy, and India at the crossroads

Please join us at 6.30pm on Thursday May 12th for a hybrid lecture by author Vaseem Khan entitled Killing Gandhi, Dante’s Divine Comedy, and India at the crossroads.

When you register, please specify whether you plan to attend at the Society ‘in person’ or ‘online only’.

You can register by emailing Matty Bradley at

Free and open to all at Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD.

In this lecture bestselling crime fiction author Vaseem Khan examines the journey India has made from the point of regaining her sovereignty after centuries of British rule to a nation that now hovers on the brink of superpower status. Vaseem’s Malabar House novels are set in 1950s Bombay, just a few years after Indian Independence, the assassination of Gandhi, and the horrors of Partition, events Vaseem examines in this illuminating talk. Vaseem will also reveal Dante’s unique connection to the city of Bombay…  

Vaseem Khan is the author of two crime series set in India, the Baby Ganesh Agency series set in modern Mumbai, and the Malabar House historical crime novels set in 1950s Bombay. His first book, The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra, was a Times bestseller, now translated into 15 languages. The second in the series won the Shamus Award in the US. In 2018, he was awarded the Eastern Eye Arts, Culture and Theatre Award for Literature.