Across Barbed Wires

Markiyan Kamysh is a Ukrainian novelist and an important voice representing the Chernobyl underground in literature. His debut novel, A Stroll to the Zone, tells the other side of the story from the off-limits Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

The Dance of Democracy

India is the world’s largest democracy. It has faced daunting challenges, sustaining democratic institutions against all odds. India’s vigorous political system remains credible and sound in its fundamentals, and almost a billion citizens, young and old, exercise their constitutionally given freedom to choose in what remains a disciplined and peaceable process. A session that examines… Read more »

Why Being Fair Matters, Especially When it Doesn’t

An intense session that examines the troubling narratives of skin colour and privilege/oppression in society and in media. Jyoti Gupta discusses colourism, a systemic form of discrimination based on skin colour, its brief history and real-life incidents to provide a nuanced description of who gets impacted by it and how. Taking examples from our daily… Read more »

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 »