Author, Raashi Khan is seen reading selected passages from her latest novel, ‘Fragrance of Forgiveness’.
Talented author, Raashi Khan’s second novel, ‘Fragrance of Forgiveness’ was launched to great acclaim at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.
The Reservoir Hills scribe, now calling Gauteng home, made no bones about her hometown affections.
The book is the sequel to ‘Mirror Cracked’, which last year waltzed off with the Minara Chamber of Commerce’s Aziz Hassim Prize for best first time novel by a South African writer.
Khan explained that she had to bring this book to Durban and the people who have supported her writing. The launch format had Khan in conversation with media personality and author of ‘Beaten but not Broken’, Vanessa Govender.
Khan said, “I write as a Muslim woman about real-life situations that affect my community.”
She did however stress that her books are entirely fiction even though her characters carry everyday names.
Guests raised questions like fidelity in marriage and the mental health of people with unfaithful partners.
Event organiser, Anivesh Singh, who also actively promotes the first Sunday’s Durban Book Fair at Mitchell Park said, “We are thrilled that Raashi has returned to Durban and that there has again been such a phenomenal response to her book.”
He added that Durban is a UNESCO world city of literature and that everyone had a role to play in promoting reading.
Khan, who self-publishes, wants to get her books into the international market. Singh is very supportive of local authors.
“I am keen that this book should be showcased along with other South African offerings at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October,” he said.
He has already approached government’s export promotion arm at the Department of Trade and Industry. Khan hinted that she might have a third novel ready for the potential market in Europe.