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BLF 2018 Reports

Listen to Me: A Memoir

 

As the title suggests, this session was about listening to Shashi Deshpande, an eminent English writer who has recently penned down her memoir recollecting all her good old and bad days. This session was specifically interesting because it contained …

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Outback Tales: Stories from Oz

Rajith Savanadasa started the session at ‘Adjust Maadi’ venue by asking the audience how many of them had been to Australia to unpack the idea of Australia and there were quite a few.

He asked Roanna Gonsalves who grew up …

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Who owns that song?

In a country such as India that is replete with diversity in its social milieu, it should not be surprising that some things get missed to the extent of becoming obscure. This is one such story that spun out of …

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Agatha Christie, Poirot and Me

Weird serendipity. That is how Sophie Hannah got the approval from the Christie family and began writing Poirot novels. Sophie’s maverick literary agent sowed these ideas into the mind of a HarperCollins editor, who immediately rejected the idea. A thorough …

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Is There an Indian Road to Equality?

Author of recently published Gandhi: The Years that Changed the world, from cricket to history to political science, he has worn all kinds of hat. In this session, Ramachandra Guha premiered about a topic with which he has not engaged …

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sahapedia.org

Sudha Gopalakrishnan who is a co-founder of sahapedia.org and a former founder director (2003-07) at National Mission for Manuscripts, started the session by speaking about the manuscript mission and said, at the manuscript mission, it was an arduous task to …

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Winning on #377

This September, the Supreme Court of India passed a historic judgement of decriminalizing homosexual relationships between consenting individuals. It struck down on the IPC section 377 after a 17-year long legal battle. The Bangalore Literature Festival had Anjali Gopalan who …

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Pencils Drawn: Cartooning in Trying Times

Ponnappa and Ravi Shankar, the renowned cartoon artists of our country took out all their mind out and sketched out artistically the current political and cultural stature. As Ponnappa quotes “ I never take up religion , that is the …

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The Aryavarta Chronicles

The session Aryavarta Chronicles allowed the audience to have a discussion with Krishna Udayasankar, the author of The Aryavarta Chronicles (Govinda, Kaurava and Kurukshetra), a bestselling series of mytho-historical novels that have been acquired by Ms Sonam Kapoor. Her novel, …

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The Descent of Man

In a short and crisp session on ‘The Descent of Man’ at the ‘Naale Baa’ venue, poet, essayist, and critic Vijay Seshadri was in conversation with author Ranjit Hoskote. The dialogue hovered over and went into the contours of poetry …

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Crime, Corruption, Cronyism & More

If you are a person with a keen interest in political business then these books might fill your belly with a lot of interesting anecdotes. The world of politics not lying far away from business and eventually flowing into the …

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Tomorrow Now: Envisioning The Next Fifty Years

The session ‘Tomorrow Now: Envisioning The Next Fifty Years’ was a fun and informative discussion which provided the audience with an amalgam of Science Fiction literature and Futurism. The session was graced by the presence of Bruce Sterling, a science …

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The Best Asian Short Stories

Short stories. They’re etched in the memories of so many of us who grew up on them. Often confined to a particular region or theme, the exposure could have been limited. The editor of The Best Asian Short Stories, Monideepa …

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The Things We Do

On the velvet red couch were seated the wildlife couple, Romulus Whitaker and Janaki Lenin getting candid with the audience of diverse cultures united under the roof of literature, discussing their journey with reptiles.
Romulus is very popularly known as …

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The Young and the Restless

What happens when five young writers come together on one platform and through their literary works connect with the idea of youth, restlessness, and ambition? This was a pure collaboration of ideas where each author explored the theme in context …

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Kama: The Riddle of Desire

‘India is the only country that elevated Kama to a goal of life and had a god for desires”, quipped Gurcharan Das who was discussing about his latest book ‘Kama: A Riddle of Desire’. The book is the third in …

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In Search Of Wacky Female Characters

When one singular social pursuit has taken you to writing, you have most probably taken a journey similar to Sujata Parashar’s. Her years of working with women in red light areas, strong social activism on the front of female empowerment, …

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Quo Vadis Pakistan: Decoding our Neighbour

After many years, the political landscape in Pakistan looks upbeat. Pakistan’s newly elected Prime Minister promised a new Pakistan during the campaigns. However, according to Farzana Shaikh, who is a well-known commentator on Pakistan for the international media, it may …

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