125c. Songlines: Sustaining Musical Cultures

Musical traditions across South Asia are a part of a living cultural heritage that includes habitat and natural environments. A session presenting a dynamic and ecological model to understanding the sustainability of musical practices with David Roche, Huib Schippers and Simon Broughton in conversation. David Roche is the former Executive Director of the Old Town… Read more »

122. River of Life, River of Death: The Ganges and India’s Future

“India is killing the Ganges,” writes Victor Mallet, “and the Ganges in turn is killing India.” The waterway that has nourished more people than any on Earth for three millennia is now so polluted with sewage and toxic waste that it has become a menace to human and animal health. Former India correspondent for the… Read more »

116. Afreen, Afreen

Three eminent contemporary writers invoke the highly individualistic and feisty, feminine voices of a generation of Urdu and Hindustani writers in a fascinating session of readings and critical appreciation, from pioneering feminist Dr. Rashid Jahan to other voices and stories. Rakhshanda Jalil and Nasera Sharma in conversation with Sukrita Paul Kumar.

142. India and the World

An incisive session on India’s place in an increasingly interdependent world and the historical sources of India’s worldview. Former Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran is the author of How India Sees the World: Kautilya to the 21st Century. In conversation with Shashi Tharoor, Manoj Joshi and Jyoti Malhotra, he speaks of climate change and cyber… Read more »

110. On Lenin

Victor Sebestyen’s riveting biography of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, the first major biography in English in nearly two decades, is not only a political examination of one of the most important historical figures of the 20th century but also a fascinating portrait of Lenin the man. Brought up in comfort and with a passion for hunting… Read more »

141. Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong

A powerful session that takes on misogynistic stereotypes and challenges deeply rooted preconceptions about gender and sexual differences. Angela Saini’s acclaimed book, Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That’s Rewriting The Story, rebuffs tired myths about the weaker sex. In conversation with writer, columnist and feminist Namita Bhandare, entrepreneur and Managing… Read more »

138c. Book Launch: Zen Whispers by Satish Gupta

“You are welcome to your mansions and palaces, the empty sky belongs to me!” says Satish Gupta, painter, sculptor, poet, and meditative Zenophile in Zen Whispers. You will find within the covers of this precious book such timeless beauty and wisdom, that it is quite inconceivable how a few simple words and magical brushstrokes hold… Read more »

135. Waters of Contention: Asian Faultlines

Oceans and rivers are an important but contentious issue in South Asia and the surrounding regions. The South China Sea dispute involves overlapping claims amongst sovereign states as do the concerns on river waters between India and Pakistan, while the water resources of the Brahmaputra river are a potential flashpoint between India and China. A… Read more »

129. Words Are All We Have

Four major writers, Han Yujoo from South Korea, Janice Pariat from India, Franco-Moroccan Leila Slimani and the peripatetic Nepali-Indian author Prajwal Parajuly, speak about ways of seeing and recording, and how they navigate words across countries and cultures. Yujoo is a writer, translator and author of three short story collections and the novel The Impossible… Read more »

125b. Healthcare Innovations: The India Example

ACCESS Health India Country Director Siddhartha Bhattacharya and William A. Haseltine, Chair and President of ACCESS Health International, discuss world class healthcare solutions developed in India. These innovations have the potential to be replicated to improve health services in many other parts of the world. Haseltine and Bhattacharya highlight how state and central governments in… Read more »

121. Food For Thought

Political journalist Kota Neelima helped compile Tirumala, Sacred Food of Gods. In his introduction, A.V. Ramana Dikshitulu, the head priest of the Lord Venkateshwara Temple, explains the metaphysical nature of the ‘prasadam’, the ritual offerings, along with their ingredients, recipes and measures. Landscape designer, environmentalist and organic gardner Lathika George’s award-winning The Suriani Kitchen: Recipes… Read more »

115. Piercing the Veil of Secrecy

A riveting conversation about journalism and cracking the impossible: North Korea and the Vatican. Novelist and investigative journalist Suki Kim, author of the award winning novel The Interpreter and New York Times bestselling literary nonfiction Without You There is No Us: Undercover Among the Sons of North Korea’s Elite alongside Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Rezendes… Read more »