The title of this book comes from the African proverb - until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter. In this poetic reimagining, Nair writes, for the first time, the history of the women in the Mahabharata, the longest poem ever written and one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India.
Karthika Nair published her first book of poems, Bearings, in 2009. Her other works include a book of children's fiction and a work entitled DESH: Memories inherited, borrowed, invented. Her poetry has been widely published in journals and anthologies. Born in Kerala, India, Nair moved to France in 2000 to pursue a Masters in Arts Management, and stayed on in Paris thereafter. She has worked for several years with various cultural institutions in Paris, and elsewhere in Europe, as dance producer and curator. She is the script-writer of DESH, choreographer Akram Khan's award-winning dance production, together with performance poet PolarBear and Khan himself.
Winner of Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year (Fiction) 2015.