Book Launch: Na Bairi Na Koi Begana by Surendra Mohan Pathak

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Pulp fiction in India has always existed independently of mainstream writing and publishing. Their readers too have somewhat occupied a space of their own. However, in the early fifties, Urdu writer Ibne Safi’s Jasoosi Duniya and Imran crime fiction series captured the imagination of one and all. In fact, even after Safi left for Pakistan… Read more »

Oceania: Yonder and Beyond

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India and Australia reach out to each other from across the antipodal ends of the Indian Ocean. In an age of changing global alliances, their shared legacy, global and political history and democratic convictions form a natural partnership. A distinguished panel of Australian and Indian journalists, writers, diplomats and parliamentarians search 21st century strategies and… Read more »

Celebrating Book Covers

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The challenge of eBooks has led to a revival in the aesthetics of book design. Book covers are as much a work of creative inspiration as the books themselves, with gifted designers having to be adept at interpreting writing. A session that dissects the components of the perfect book cover and the enigma of what… Read more »

Enhancing the Book

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The architecture of the book is adapting and enhancing to meet the infinite possibilities of the digital world. Embedded audio, video and media content are transforming the form and function of narrative. A panel of traditionalists and the tech-fuelled, including artists, graphic designers, Instagram poets, publishers and storytellers, debate and discuss the new dimensions of… Read more »

Harishchandra for the 21st Century

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The Murty Classical Library of India (MCLI), published by Harvard University Press, seeks to make India’s magnificent literary legacy from the past two millennia accessible to a world readership. Award-winning translator Vanamala Viswanatha has translated Harishchandra Kavyam, a 13th century Kannada work by Raghavanka on the commitment to truth for the MCLI. In conversation with… Read more »

Bestselling: The Indian Way

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Nielsen ratings have now arrived in the Hindi market and books across the 24 Indian languages are beginning to realise their vast potential. The numbers game has begun and Indian writers are now outperforming well-known international names. A panel of eminent publishers, self-publishing successes and marketing professionals speak the how and why of Indian bestsellers.

Poetry Hour 7×7: Kavita Nirantar

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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

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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

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“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

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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 »