Among the Insurgents

In this age of terrorism and insurgency, it has never been more important to report accurately on the actions of those who take up arms against established governments. At the same time, never have journalists been in greater danger doing so, and how exactly do you report on resistance fighters who do this without acting… Read more »

Fashion and Modernity

This session brings together Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator at the Department of Architecture and Design and Director of R&D at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Anja Aronowsky Cronberg, founder and editor-in-chief of Vestoj, the Paris-based sartorial publication reinventing fashion editorials, Malika Verma Kashyap, founder of Border&Fall and producer of ‘The Sari Series: An Anthology… Read more »

Active Listening and the Anger Epidemic

People are not listening to each other any more. Social media tends to polarise democracy rather than expand it and has become a forum for limitless rage and cynical social manipulation. Can digital technology deliver a neutral medium? How do we heal the toxic effects of negative emotional contagion? A crucial session on the appetite… Read more »

History, Myth and the Spaces in Between

The discipline of history is an attempt to record and retrieve the past, based on verifiable facts and evidence. Mythology inhabits the collective imagination of a culture and is not bound by empirical constraints. Both history and myth are subject to plural interpretation. In a thoughtful session, writers and scholars discuss the contentious yet symbiotic… Read more »

The Fictional Leap

“I build half the bridge, the other other half is the reader.” Much-awarded Indian novelist, playwright, screenwriter and critic Kiran Nagarkar’s work straddles languages, cultures and timelines. In a scintillating conversation with acclaimed Kannada novelist and playwright Vivek Shanbhag, he speaks of his seventh novel Jasoda. They also discuss bilinguality, writing in Indian languages, fiction… Read more »

Translating India

A session celebrating the commitment and dynamism of those translating, promoting and publishing the vast treasure of South Asian literatures. Practitioners discuss the constraints and challenges of forefronting literature from the 22 Indian languages, nationally and internationally. Followed by the Vani Foundation Distinguished Translator Award 2018

Language, Identity and Translation

Focusing on indigenous writing and minority languages, panelists look at translation as a powerful tool that enables literatures to reach out to one another, creating an essential and free-flowing dialogue of culture and identity.

The Role of Art in the Book Industry

The tactile sense of books, their colour, texture and typeface immensely add to the romance of reading. Hitting on the right design concept can help position and even market a book. Professional graphic designers share their passion and knowledge and explore the role of art in the book industry.

Vitaran: Distribution and Outreach in Indian Publishing (Roundtable)

The Dainik Bhaskar Group brought out a Book Readership Survey in 2017 that is an in-depth study of reading habits within four languages across 94 towns in 12 states in India. Publishers and media persons assess the impact, outreach and distribution of books in Indian languages.

Independent Magazine (Roundtable)

Little magazines are pioneering enterprises founded on conviction. They reach out and venture where more established publishers do not and form a valuable component in promoting avant garde or marginalised writings. A session devoted to the value of these important ‘little’ publications and the diversity of approaches they nurture.