The Last Gathering: Book Discussion

Book discussion on ‘The Last Gathering: A vivid portrait of life in the Red Fort’, translated by Ather Farouqui. It was chaired by Shahid Amin. The discussants included Hilal Ahmed and Shubham Mishra.


The Last Gathering: A vivid portrait of life in the Red Fort (translation of Munshi Faizuddin’s Bazm-i Aakhir) is a rich and lively account of life in the royal court of the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar. From meticulous details of the day-to-day happenings inside the fort-palace to royal protocols and the celebration of festivals, it gives us a glimpse into Delhi of early nineteenth century.

Ather Farouqui is an author, translator, political analyst and general secretary of Anjuman Tarraqui Urdu (Hind). He received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2012 for translating the book Sons of Babur into Urdu and Best Translator Award from Delhi Urdu Academy in 2016.

Shahid Amin is Professor of History (retired), University of Delhi.  

Hilal Ahmed is Associate Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

Shubham Mishra is an architect, urban planner, conservationist, musicologist and translator.

Friday, 30 September 2022, 4 pm, Seminar Room and Zoom