Poetry Hour 7×7: Kavita Nirantar

A daily series of multi-vocal poetry readings featuring writers from around the world. Different languages, rhythms and poetic styles converge in a joyous celebration of the poetic imagination.

Writing Resistance: Songs of Freedom

Writing resistance; first into a murmur, then into a song. A session of readings and recitations by poet and publisher Naveen Kishore on the spirit of resistance in dark times.

Mira Nair: The Personal and the Political

“I am still attracted to stories about people who are considered to be on the outside of society.”   Acclaimed filmmaker Mira Nair’s films are set across continents and cultures and have consistently challenged stereotypes and interrogated the margins. In a scintillating session with Vir Sanghvi, she speaks about her work, her beliefs and her… Read more »

Visible Work, Invisible Women

Even as the female workforce rises in most parts of the world, Indian women’s participation is decreasing steadily, ranking 120th among 131 nations. A panel of writers, journalists and development specialists share their concerns and discuss why millions of Indian women are dropping out of work, flagging the causes and consequences of this worrying situation…. Read more »

Youth and the Age of Anxiety

Young people are increasingly suffering from personal anxiety and stress and their social outcomes are alarmingly on the rise. A thoughtful session that examines the deeper social issues and provocations that contribute to the fears, dysfunctionalities and substance abuse amongst India’s youth and the healing strategies and solutions to this situation. Arjun Nath’s bestselling White… Read more »

Ghatotkacha: Master of Illusions

Namita Gokhale evokes myth and memory and the return to innocence in her new novel for young readers and the child within. Lost in Time: Ghatotkacha and the Game of Illusions takes young Chintamani Dev Gupta, a.k.a. Chintu Pintu, back in time and he finds himself in the thick of the Mahabharata, that most enduring… Read more »

Camel Karma

The camel is the state animal of Rajasthan and a symbol of its pastoral and cultural life and identity. Ilse Köhler-Rollefson’s book, Camel Karma, recounts her heartfelt engagement with these magnificent creatures. In a remarkable session with Prerna Singh Bindra and Paro Anand, she speaks of camels, herders and the fascinating rural culture of Rajasthan… Read more »

Culture Curry

“Human creativity is the ultimate creative resource.” The intangibles of culture and the diversity of contested explanations and definitions of the cultural process are subjected to scrutiny by eminent practitioners of the creative industries. What is culture? Does it stem from civilisational history or is it a constantly evolving way of life? How do we… Read more »

Fathers

Keggie Carew grew up under the spell of an unorthodox, enigmatic father. An undercover guerrilla agent during the Second World War, in peacetime he lived on his wits and dazzling charm. But these were not always enough to sustain a family. As his memory began to fail, Carew embarked on a quest to unravel his… Read more »

Ek Sachhi Jhooti Gatha: Emotions Between Thoughts

Leading Hindi novelist Alka Saraogi speaks of her new novel, the fascinating Ek Sachhi Jhooti Gatha, where a relationship built up through social media turns out to be a dialogue leading to cataclysm of ideas. A one to one with the famed writer, in a session of readings and conversation, with Satyanand Nirupam.