Sikeena Karmali’s latest novel The Mulberry Courtesan is set in pre-Independent India and focuses on the final phase of the Mughal Empire, with an ageing, ailing Bahadur Shah Zafar. Told against the backdrop of the great revolt of 1857, The Mulberry Courtesan tells an epic saga of the Mughal era’s fading glory and grandeur, love, romance, misfortunes and the fallibility of man.
SIKEENA KARMALI has written a book of poetry, Places to Remember, and a novel, A House by the Sea, which was shortlisted for the Amazon/Books in Canada Best First Novel Award. Her writing on Muslim culture, human rights, gender and spirituality has appeared in academic publications and her articles have been translated into French and Italian. She has served on the Canada Council for the Arts peer jury for literature.