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There will be noise, a lot of it, because civilizations do such things. The babel is responsible for who we are. All of us will residue stories.

The Kissa Khwani Bazaar (Pashto:کيسه خوانې بازار, Urdu: قصه خواني بازار) (or ‘Market of Story-tellers’ ) is a bazaar of Peshawar, in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The Kissa Kahani Bazaar or the romantic ‘Street of Story-tellers’ extends from west to east in the heart of the city of Peshawar. The cosmopolitan character of Kissa Kahani Bazaar is lined with its traditional kehwa khanas, Tikka Kabab, Chapli Kabab and dry fruit shops along with modern show rooms of leather ware and bright coloured garments. In days gone by, the bazaar was the site of camping ground for caravans and military adventures. The professional storytellers recited ballads and tales of war and love to mobs of traders and soldiers.

Today, the storytellers and the art of story telling have gone but the atmosphere of the bazaar is still the same. Bearded tribesmen bargain with city traders over endless cups of green tea. People from everywhere visit the crowded street. There are also several publishing houses of books in this bazaar with a long tradition of publishing Pashto, Urdu and Persian books.

Arjun Chandramohan Bali, was born 1968 Jodhpur, Rajasthan. He graduated in English Literature and postgraduated in Developmental Communication from Gujarat University. Bali studied Japanese society and culture as an exchange scholar from Otemon Gakuin University, Osaka, Japan.

Bali, a storyteller, applies himself across various mediums: as a writer, poet and filmmaker. His advertising, documentaries and short-films have been featured as finalists at international film festivals. As a poet he has read at the Kala Ghoda Festival, Jaipur Literary Festival, Prakriti Foundation, Caferati, Blue Frog, The Pen All India and on Distant Voices@Stanza.  He has been a volunteer with the National Literacy Mission (India) and has worked as an actor with street-theatre groups for social change. He has also been a jury member on the Tri-Continental Documentary Film festival. Bali is based in Mumbai.

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