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BLF 2019 Reports

The Making Of Islamic Womanhood

The session had Hem Borker in conversation with Abdullah Khan. 

Hem Borker, a PhD scholar from Oxford University published her first book, “The Making Of Islamic Womanhood” in 2018.  The book is a reflection of her deep interest in studying …

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The 6th String of Vilayat Khan

As the second day of the 8th edition of the Bangalore Literature Festival dawned, exactly at 10.45, the visitors sitting by the Tughlaq stage were treated to the melodious sitar tones as the renowned author and journalist Namita Devidayal took …

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Trends and Technologies Shaping our Tomorrows

Ian MacDonald, a British science-fiction novelist who won BSFA award for his book River of Gods which is set in mid 21st century India, was talking about Trends and technologies shaping our tomorrow.

Ian’s book themes include nanotechnology, post-cyberpunk settings, …

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Jill of all Trades

How many of us are Jill of all trades? The session saw a very refreshing and joyous discussion among the rock stars of female fiction- Milan Vohra, Minnie Vaid and Piya Bahadur, hosted by Sudha Menon.


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Line of Sight

We had Vaibhav Purandare in conversation with our esteemed guest of the hour, former cricketer and umpire of the Australian Cricket Board, Mr. Simon Taufel. Mr. Simon launched his latest book, Finding the gaps at the Bangalore Literature Festival. His …

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Indian Elections

Ornit Shani speaks of the ramifications of the election system placed in India by the British Raj during their colonial rule in the Indian subcontinent. The election process in India is an established one that has been practised effectively since …

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The 3 Worlds of Indian Citizenship

This session was presided over by Niraja Gopal Jayal, professor at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Introducing her, Ramachandra Guha praised that she is an interdisciplinary scholar and her …

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We are Family – Ink and Kin

Families are seen as entities emanating the purest form of love. What happens when families are inked into a narrative where their pretences are stripped away and the complexities of relations between kin are rewritten?  

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Early Indians

The audience seated at the Yayati stage arena on the first day of the Bangalore Literature Festival’19 were greeted by Tony Joseph, the author of the best-selling book, ‘Early Indians: The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came From’

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Misadventures of the Urban Woman

Realities of urban women can be conflicting and complex, it can also be comic and contain melodies of everyday life. In the session, two well known women authors from different genres came together to discuss their recently published books, which …

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No Nation for Women – Narratives of Violence

The panel discussion titled after the debut non-fiction written by Priyanka Dubey ‘No Nation for Women: Reportage on Rape from India, World’s Largest Democracy’ went along different lines through the stories shared by speakers with one common theme being gender …

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Yoga Vs. Bhoga

One of the most interesting sessions at the festival was a talk by Devdutt Pattanaik, at eight in the evening which was also the concluding session. A mythologist, speaker, illustrator and an author, Devdutt Pattanaik enchanted the audience with his …

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Book Bunk – Restoring Public Libraries

Around four years ago, Wanjiru Koinange and Angela Wachuka walked into the Macmillan Library, located at the heart of the city of Nairobi. Expecting to do some research there, they were shocked at the state at which the library was …

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The Gangster’s Gita

Once an underworld don known as ‘Agni Sreedhar’, initially interested in reading at the age of 7, became an expert at the age of 17, at various mythological studies. At the age of 25, Agni Sreedhar’s brother got attacked by …

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Surviving a Terror Attack

More than three years have passed since this Mumbai air hostess became the face of the 2016 Brussels terror attack after the picture of her blood-streaked shell shocked picture went viral. The picture was soul-stirring, to say the least, many …

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India Automated

The session commenced on time at The Red Couch venue with Pranjal Sharma taking the lead who is an economic analyst, advisor and writer, focusing on technology, globalisation, and media. He guides projects on economic forecasting, business intelligence, and public …

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The Inheritance Of Loss – Jallianwala and After

The session, “The Inheritance Of Loss – Jallianwala and After”, saw a sensitive and poignant discussion on the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, among writers Amandeep Sandhu, Manreet Sodhi Someshwar, and Navdeep Suri, moderated by Preeti Gill.

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