The Bangalore Literature Festival [BLF] fêtes reading and writing. Bookworms and bibliophiles are invited to bask in the winter sun in the Garden City of India and meet writers from everywhere — local, national and international — as this festival brings the world to ‘Namma Bengaluru’. BLF celebrates this creative spirit of the city popular as the Garden City of India and commemorates the literary diversity it offers, bringing it in conversation with the best minds in the world of literature within and outside India.
Ayushmann Khurrana is an Indian film actor and singer, who started his career as a television anchor. In 2012, Khurrana made his film debut in Shoojit Sircar’s romantic comedy Vicky Donor, which touched on the topic of sperm donation.
Ayushmann Khurrana and Tahira Kashyap have co-written the book ‘Cracking the Code: My Journey in Bollywood’.
Devdutt Pattanaik writes on relevance of mythology in modern times, especially management and leadership. Trained in medicine, he worked for 15 years in the healthcare and pharma industries, with a brief stint as business consultant in EY, before he focused on his passion full-time. Author of 30 books, 600 articles, with bestsellers such as Jaya, Sita, Business Sutra, the 7 Secret Series and the Devlok series of children books. Speaker at TEDIndia 2009, with a million hits for his popular talk: Myths that Mystify, East versus West. TV shows such as Business Sutra on CNBC-TV18 and Devlok on Epic TV. Consultant to corporations on culture, diversity and leadership. Story consultant to various television channels and filmmakers.
A well-known journalist and author, MJ Akbar is the national spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rajya Sabha MP from Jharkhand. His books include Byline, Nehru: The Making of India, Kashmir: Behind the Vale, Riot After Riot and India: The Siege Within, The Shade of Swords, Blood Brothers and Tinderbox: The past and future of Pakistan.
Nandan Nilekani is an entrepreneur, bureaucrat and politician. He was the Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India. After a successful career at Infosys, he headed the Government of India’s technology committee, TAGUP.
He has written Imagining India: The Idea of a Renewed Nation and co-authored Rebooting India: Realizing a Billion Aspirations with Viral Shah.
Preeti Shenoy is India’s highest selling woman writer. She has six best-sellers to her credit, which include ‘Life is what you make it’, ‘Tea for two and a piece of cake’, ‘The Secret wish list’, ‘The One You Cannot Have’ and ‘It Happens for a Reason’. Her latest, ‘Why We Love The Way Do’, is non-fiction book. In the past she has written for various publications such as Times of India and Readers Digest. She currently writes a regular column in The Financial Chronicle. She has given several talks in many educational institutions such as IITs and IIMs and many corporates such as Infosys, Accenture and KPMG. She is an avid blogger and an artist specialising in portraiture.
Ramachandra Guha is an author and columnist based in Bangalore. Born in Dehradun in 1958, he studied at St. Stephen’s College, the Delhi School of Economics, and the Indian Institute of Management at Kolkata, where he wrote a doctoral thesis on the history and prehistory of the Chipko movement.
Now a full-time writer, he has previously taught at the universities of Yale and Stanford, held the Arné Naess Chair at the University of Oslo, and been the Sundaraja Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Science. He has written India After Gandhi and Gandhi Before India.
Divya Spandana, stage name Ramya, is a film actor and politician. She acts in Kannada, Tamil and Telugu films. She became the youngest Member of Parliament from Mandya, Karnataka, in 2013. She has acted in many films, including Aryan, Crazy Loka, Thoondi, Lucky, Sidiingu, Bombaat and Sanju Weds Geetha, for which she won the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress.
Novelist and short story writer Shashi Deshpande has ten novels, two novellas, a number of short story collections, a book of non-fiction, Writing from the Margin, and four children’s books to her credit. Her novels include Small Remedies, Moving On, In the Country of Deceit and Shadow Play. Her latest novel will be out shortly. A number of her short stories and novels have been translated into various Indian as well as many European languages. She has translated two plays by Adya Rangacharya, eminent Kannada writer, as well as his memoirs from Kannada into English, as also a novel by Gauri Deshpande from Marathi into English. She has been invited to participate in various literary conferences and festivals, as well as to lecture in universities both India and abroad. She was awarded the Padmi Shri in 2008.
Upamanyu Chatterjee was born in 1959. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1983. His published works include short stories and the novels English, August: An Indian Story (1988), The Last Burden (1993), The Mammaries of the Welfare State (2000), which won the Sahitya Akademi Award for writing in English,Weight Loss (2006) and Way to Go (2011), which was shortlisted for the Hindu Best Fiction Award. In 2008, he was awarded the Order of Officier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government for his contribution to literature.