Choices: The Private and the Public

Two gifted writers speak of the conflicts and predicaments they present in their novels and of the nature of choice in the sphere of writing and of life. Paramita Satpathy is a bureaucrat and reputed Odia writer whose works have been translated into English, Hindi and other Indian languages. Suchita Malik is a writer and… Read more »

Film Screening: Something to Write Home About: A Tribute to Seamus Heaney

Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is considered ‘the most important Irish poet since Yeats and possibly the best known poet in the world’. A session that honours his memory with the film Something to Write Home About, which explores his home ground, the boundaries and divisions and ‘the possibility of true understanding’. Introduced by writer Glenn… Read more »

The Last of the Tattooed Headhunters

The Konyak tribe from Northeast India, once fearsome headhunters, are today celebrated for their rich and elaborate facial and body tattooing culture. This heritage is captured by Phejin Konyak, a tribal woman, who is the great granddaughter of tattooed headhunter and warrior, Ahon Konyak. As an insider, it makes it special and personal for her… Read more »

Conversations with the Gods: The 18th Century Painter Manaku and His Work

Manaku of Guler was the older brother of the celebrated Nainsukh. Here, India’s most distinguished art historian, Professor B.N. Goswamy, reconstructs what is known of his life and follows his artistic journey. Manaku came from an obscure little town in the hills of northern India and yet his vision knew almost no limits. Endowed with… Read more »

Globe to Globe: Why Hamlet Works In Every Country of the World

Two years, 190,000 miles, 197 countries, one play. For the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, the Globe Theatre in London undertook an unparalleled journey to share Hamlet with the entire world. The tour was the brainchild of Dominic Dromgoole, then the artistic director of the Globe, and in Hamlet Globe to Globe, Dromgoole takes readers… Read more »

Book Launch: Radius 200 by Veena Nagpal

What if a nuclear-powered nation was to ‘steal’ an entire river from under our eyes? What if a top-ranking Indian general was to take a unilateral decision to strike back, thereby triggering a cataclysmic reaction? What if in the aftermath of the nuclear attack, India was left with a devastated Exclusion Zone, 200 kilometres in… Read more »

This is Not America

Behind the self-confident image of the world’s most influential country, many now see a nation tearing itself apart. The United States may be arguably the world’s only superpower yet its internal tensions are a symptom of suffering and division, a condition only exacerbated by the election of President Donald Trump. Expatriate journalist Alan Friedman’s dark… Read more »

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