The Future of New Writing

John Freeman, former editor of Granta and now editor of his eponymous Freeman’s magazine, has spent much of the last year trying to augur the direction that literature is taking and define its future stars: “With each passing year,” he writes, “it struck me as a diminishment for literary culture to peer into the future… Read more »

Armed and Dangerous: Of Words and Lovers

Amitava Kumar and Manu Joseph, two high octane contemporary writers stand up for the play of words and tell it as it is. Manu Joseph, author of numerous novels, including Miss Layla: Armed and Dangerous, brings his devastating humour and sharp wit to a stand-up version of the social anthropology of writers and the writing… Read more »

Lands Where I Flee

Human beings are a nomadic species and migrations remain a constant part of human history. Economic migrants, political refugees, immigrants and emigrants chart new languages and societies, navigating exile and discovery, alienation and acceptance. Panelists from across continents and cultures discuss recent narratives of human exodus. Benjamin Dix, previously a Communications Manager at the UN,… Read more »

Letters to Gandhi

The Mahatma’s own writings are known to the world through books and anthologies and the 97 volumes of the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi. His letters too comprise a vast and important archive. The renowned scholar of political science and cultural history, Tridip Suhrud, brings alive the Mahatma’s life, times and convictions by juxtaposing letters… Read more »

Then We Came to the End

Joshua Ferris’s Then We Came to the End is one of the most acutely observed, dazzling American debuts of recent years. Ferris was born in Illinois in 1974. He is the author of Then We Came to the End, which was nominated for the National Book Award and longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award,… Read more »

Milarepa: The Master and His Teachings

The great Buddhist poet-sage Milarepa (c. 1052-1135 CE) is considered Tibet’s greatest mystic and his biography is one of the great sacred narratives of the Himalayan world. The story of his dramatic and troubled life, his enlightenment and the songs and poems he composed continue to inspire generations of spiritually minded people. An illuminating session… Read more »

Why I Am a Hindu

In his new book Why I Am a Hindu, writer and politician Shashi Tharoor delves deep into the spiritual traditions and philosophy of the religion and presents his own understanding and convictions. From the ‘Hinduism of habit’ practised by ordinary believers to manifestations of political Hinduism, from the Great Souls such as Patanjali, Adi Shankaracharya,… Read more »

A Tribute to Gauri Lankesh

Gauri Lankesh, a courageous and committed activist-journalist, was assassinated outside her home in Bangalore on the night of September 5, 2017. The Way I See It: A Gauri Lankesh Reader, edited by Chandan Gowda, presents a selection of her writings, flagging the unfinished work and uphill struggles that remain her inspirational legacy. A session of… Read more »

Book Launch: Small Acts of Freedom by Gurmehar Kaur

Gurmehar Kaur has a story to tell. But it’s not the story you think it is. In February 2017, Kaur, a 19-year-old student, joined a peaceful campaign after violent clashes at a Delhi University college. As part of the campaign, Kaur’s post made her the target of an onslaught of social media vitriol. The daughter… Read more »

The Writer and the World

Through the centuries, the culture of reading has nurtured and sustained human creativity and growth. Shared narratives have helped shape our world and books provide access to the accumulated knowledge of mankind. An important session that looks at ways to generate connectivities between languages, keeping the humanities relevant and supporting the infrastructure of cultural communication…. Read more »

When the Moon Shines By Day

Nayantara Sahgal’s life has been intertwined with the history of her times. Her books, which include 11 evocative novels, several powerful memoirs and collections of letters, document the coming-of-age of a nation. The recently published When the Moon Shines by Day is a slim, incisive novella set in the present and near future where drawing… Read more »

Adaptations

How do you take a work of prose and turn it into a screenplay? Michael Ondaatje (The English Patient), Nicholas Shakespeare (The Dancer Upstairs) and Amy Tan (The Joy Luck Club) who have all seen their novels or work turned into successful movies, discuss the process with directors Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding), Oscar-winning screenwriter Tom… Read more »