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The Family as a Microcosm

Bangaloreans got a chance to interact face to face with the renowned author Sadiqa Peerbhoy, who launched her latest book on the first day of Bangalore Literature Festival, 2017. ‘The Family as a Microcosm’ is the story of a dysfunctional …

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A Life Like No Other

Padma Vibhushan Dr. Sonal Mansingh needs no introduction. Her deep knowledge of several dance forms and classical music stands out. Her ‘Naatya Katha’ addresses several socio-cultural issues and is a solo dance theatre. Sonal Mansingh’s biography comes from Sujata Prasad- …

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Chasing Bin Laden

In an interview with author Rohini Mohan, Adrian Levy, an investigative journalist for 20 years, shared his thoughts about his explosive new book, The Exile, an insider look at Osama bin Laden and the workings of Al-Qaida. The book was …

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Of Peacock Tears and Holy Cows

 

‘Of Peacock Tears and Holy Cows’ saw Nilanjan Choudhury and Aruna Nambiar in conversation with each other about their novels. The first half of the session focussed exclusively on Nilanjan Choudhury’s mythological satire, ‘Bali and the Ocean of Milk.’ …

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The Writer’s Role in Speaking Out

As it is said often, the pen is mightier than the sword. According to the Malayalam short-story writer Paul Zacharia, it is the duty of writers to speak out because they are the wielders of the pen. Writers should confront …

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The Sanitization of Women in Indian History

Ira Mukhoty’s session on ‘The Sanitization of Women in Indian History’ was an eye-opener. In the duration of about half an hour, all the one-dimensional narratives surrounding a few historical and mythological women came tumbling down. The complexities of these …

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The Way I see It

It has been barely two months since the journalist Gauri Lankesh died. Yet her murder still sends chills down our spines when we think of it. Gauri Lankesh was shot in cold blood by unknown assailants, presumably for taking on …

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Writing Workshop

Creative writing, that many would love to hone, brings in a certain kind of joy, and pride to the writer. Rajorshi Chakraborti’s session on a breezy Sunday morning was packed with exercises that not only helped budding writers develop skills …

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Conversations with People not like Us

Madan Padaki, co-founder & CEO of 1Bridge, a last-mile services platform for Rural India was right when he said, “Conversations today are having a different meaning altogether. There is so much of impatience and distrust in conversations these days”. He …

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Indira

Journalist and News anchor, Sagarika Ghose’s book titled ‘Indira: India’s Most Powerful Prime Minister’, was published by Juggernaut Books to commemorate the 100th birth anniversary of Indira Gandhi. ‘Insecure daughter, Betrayed wife, National heroine, tough dictator’, reads the blurb for …

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Public Libraries in the Digital Age

The speaker of the house was Hannelore Vogt with Satish Hosamani, the former is the director of Cologne Public Library, Germany and the latter represented Karnataka State Libraries. The session started with Hannelore presenting us some articles which looked like …

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From Page to Screen

Dusk was falling rapidly when an intense discussion on the grinding process of selecting a script to make a successful commercial grade film had begun, on the first day of Bangalore Literature Festival at Hotel Lalit. In the panel, we …

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When God Went To Hell

A Journey with Ravi Gupta into Meaning.What is the purpose of life? A question that continues to fascinate some and lead some to the abyss of madness. Michel Foucault, Roland Barthes, Albert Camus and now Mr Ravi Gupa has fallen …

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How Anu Aunty Braves Bollywood

Success doesn’t need a grave voice.‘The the book was the stupidest decision of my life’. A shocking statement, but an honest one. Varun Aggarwal’s character Anu aunty in his book ‘How I Braved Anu Aunty and Co-founded a Million Dollar …

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This Is My Story

Good writing or Good marketing? Ask Savi Sharma & Varun Aggarwal.The session had both Savi Sharma and Varun Aggarwal and was a treat not to be missed. Ying and Yang, they definitely do not fall under the same stars. Savi …

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How to Write For a Young Audience

Ranjani Rengarajan, the author of My Lyf Misspelt, provided her suggestions about how to impress the youngsters of the current generation with your writing.

Ranjani put out point by point guidelines in her speech that would inspire to write better.…

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Silence – The Trolls are in Session

Women have always been easy subjects of harassment but the tragic death of Gauri Lankesh has sent us a very important message and it becomes very crucial to discuss the perils of being a woman journalist. The Bangalore literature festival …

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