Nordic Lights

The Nordic countries pride themselves on the honesty and transparency of their governments. The commitment to equality, social justice and liberalism of the Nordic model, if measured from economic indicators like productivity and innovation to social ones such as inequality and crime, measures near the top of the table. How does this remote, thinly populated… Read more »

Introducing Clouds

Clouds is a book set in Bombay about seven very different people drifting across the skies of India today, seeking others who share their questions about love, God, freedom and selfhood in the 21st century. Farhad Billimoria, a debonaire Parsi psychotherapist, believes himself to be God’s gift to humanity — so why can’t he find… Read more »

Prisoners of Conscience

From childhood, Ma Thida dreamed of helping others―caring for the sick, sharing information despite censorship and standing up for people’s rights. To stand against the oppression that had been stifling Myanmar’s progress for decades, she joined Aung San Suu Kyi and the many other activists in the National League for Democracy. Imprisoned for her convictions,… Read more »

Readings from Six Continents

In a session celebrating the unity of world literature through readings and conversations from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America.   Presented by Nordic Lights Strictly by Invitation Only

Under the Shadow: Rage and Revolution in Modern Turkey

Turkey stands at the crossroads of the Middle East—caught between the West and ISIS, Syria and Russia and governed by an increasingly forceful leader. Acclaimed writer Kaya Genç has been covering his country for the past decade. In his book, Under the Shadow: Rage and Revolution, he meets activists from both sides of Turkey’s political… Read more »

Itihaas: Translating Historical Fiction

Sriman Yogi, Ranjit Desai’s powerful telling of the life of Shivaji Chhatrapati Maharaj, has been rendered in English by Vikrant Pande as Shivaji, the Great Maratha. Patanni Prabhuta or The Glory of Patan has been recently translated by Abhijit and Rita Kothari. The rich heritage of Indian historical writing is presented and discussed through these… Read more »

On First Novels

Where does fiction come from? What is the process of its creation, especially if you have never done it before? How do you make up characters and situations that are believable, and why should the reader care? Four distinguished first novelists—Diksha Basu, Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Prayaag Akbar and Sandip Roy—share their insights, mistakes and breakthrough moments… Read more »

Telling the Stories of 833 Million

“Between fake optimism and cynical pessimism there lies a territory called hope. I live there.” P. Sainath is founder/editor of the People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI) and a rural reporter who has covered the Indian countryside with passion and conscience. He is the author of Everybody Loves a Good Drought: Stories From India’s Poorest… Read more »

Hitler and His Times

A session that examines the perverted psychology and pathology of the Third Reich and the heroic courage of the resistance movements that stood against it. Anna Funder’s All That I Am brings to light the tragic story of German activists who mounted a fierce and cunning resistance. Norman Ohler’s book, Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany,… Read more »

Blood and Silk: Power and Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia

Blood and Silk is a thought-provoking, personal look at modern Southeast Asia, written by one of the region’s most experienced outside observers. Michael Vatikiotis gives a personal account of what it’s like to sit at the table with Thai Muslim insurgents, mediate between warring clans in the Southern Philippines and console the victims of political… Read more »

Of Dastarkhans and Diet Regimes: Cookbooks Across Generations

Chand Sur, born in undivided India nine decades ago, settled in Lucknow with her husband as an aftermath of the Partition. Together with her daughter Sunita Kohli, she has written ‘ The Lucknow Cookbook’ , a magnificent meeting of family histories, anecdotes, and recipes. Former model and Miss India 98 Shvetha Jaishankar is the author… Read more »

Shri Dwarka Prasad Agarwal Award

Hindi, the language spoken by millions, is India’s official language and the second largest dialect spoken in the world. Being the most trusted Hindi print media, the Dainik Bhaskar Group instituted Shri Dwarka Prasad Agarwal Sammaan in 2016 to promote young budding Hindi authors. The award lays emphasis on the enrichment of Hindi Literature, showcased… Read more »