America Trumped: How Did This Happen?

How exactly did Donald Trump become leader of the world’s most powerful country? The charismatic Matt Frei, an Emmy award-winning writer and journalist, former Washington correspondent for the BBC and Channel 4 News, a Royal Television Society Journalist of the Year in 2015 and 2017, author of Only in America and the man behind the… Read more »

The Colour of Words: Poetry Readings

Renee Singh, Era Tak, Renee Singh explore the sounds, meanings, and texture of words and verse and the sensory world of poetry in a moving session of readings and lyrical renditions. Rene Singh is a poet and singer. Era Tak is a writer, poet, self taught painter and film maker. Renee Singh is a poet… Read more »

A Tale of Two Cities: From Chandni Chowk to Chowringhee

In Adventures in a Megacity, Sam Miller set out to discover the real Delhi. Following a spiral course through the city, he visited its less celebrated destinations; the unexpected, the ignored and the eccentric to create a richly entertaining portrait of what this megacity means to its residents. While working for the Statesman, Kushanava Choudhury… Read more »

The Reformation: Europe’s House Divided

Winner of the Wolfson Prize for History, Diarmaid MacCulloch’s classic, Reformation: Europe’s House Divided 1490-1700, charted a seismic shift in European culture that marked the beginning of the modern world. At a time when men and women were prepared to kill, and be killed, for their faith, the Reformation tore the western world apart. Acclaimed… Read more »

Breaking Free: The Novel and Gender

Two novelists who have written with intensity about gender identity and fluidity, speak of breaking free of stereotypes in their explorations of masculinity, feminists and sexual orientation. Anosh Irani’s acclaimed novel The Parcel is set in Kamathipura and is about a transgender sex worker, Madhu, and the Hijra community she belongs to. Journalist and novelist… Read more »

Rajasthali: Dharti ri Koonkh

A session that celebrates the rich living heritage of Rajasthani literature in all its many moods and manifestations. Poets from the state recite from and discuss their work and speak of the abiding connect with their land and language. Partika Impact Series

Supergirls: Young and Old

Shabnam Minwalla, who writes with ‘a dash of magic and a pinch of realism’ believes children’s books can convey powerful messages. Atima Mankotia’s debut novel Staring at the Square Moon examines the scarred lives of four old friends, all strong women. In a session of readings and conversation, they speak of vulnerability and resilience, across… Read more »

Rajasthan: Badalte Mahaul Mein Media

The media in Rajasthan have always balanced a local and regional approach with a larger understanding of national and international issues. Rajasthan is India’s largest state in terms of size with an area that comprises approximately 10 percent of India’s landmass and borders with Pakistani Punjab and Sindh. The rich culture and vibrant tourism, the… Read more »

Baaz: India’s Most Fearless

Iconic author Anuja Chauhan’s fifth novel, Baaz, is set against the backdrop of the Indo-Pak war of 1971 and the Bangladesh War of Liberation. A meticulously researched saga of the times, at its heart is a love story between a dashing Flying Officer and the peacenik who wins his heart. Shiv Aroor’s compelling India’s Most… Read more »

Across Genres

As genres conflate and overlap, human stories are reaching out through a variety of themes and styles. A panel of writers with very different subjects, techniques and tones of voice speak of why they chose their particular literary forms to tell their tales. Across the conventional categories of fiction and non-fiction, they discuss their experiments… Read more »