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Shades of Saffron

Saba Naqvi is a journalist turned author and she has also engaged with politics very closely for her role as a journalist. This session was interesting for it covered the present BJP Government in the light of the BJP government …

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Ujjivan: Small loans that transformed lives

Samit Ghosh is the founder and managing director of Ujjivan Financial Services Limited. He was accompanied by Subir Roy, a writer. We have large commercial banks on one hand and microservices banks on the other hand. They are blooming slowly …

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Unfolding the Goddess Within

Yogini Shambhavi Chopra is the Co-director of American Institute of Vedic Studies and she calls herself as an ‘Anubhavi’.Sharing her experiences she says the outer world experience is like an unsettling woman but the inner self is peaceful and not …

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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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Translating Classics

“By translating, I am violating a tradition”, says Professor Velcheru Narayana Rao, who was named the first Visweswara Rao and Sita Koppaka Professor in Telugu Culture, Literature, and History at Emory University. According to him, translation is new to India. …

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All The Things I Do

“I don’t dream about my parents when I’m in Bangalore”, Vijay quips. He often dreams about them in so many other places but seems to be at peace when in Bangalore. The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Vijay Seshadri mulled over the …

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Lanka’s Princess, Vamp or Winner?

“Without Shurpanakha, there would be no Ramayana, don’t you think?” asked Kavita Kane. “There wouldn’t have been a war if Shurpanakha hadn’t met Ram and Lakshman in the forest. She’s the main trigger of the entire series of events in …

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Quo Vadis Higher Education?

Quo Vadis literally means “Where are you going?”. But where the current Indian higher education system is heading to, is something that concerns Pankaj Chandra – Vice Chancellor and Chairman at Ahmedabad University and Ex-director at IIMB.

On the second …

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Blogging Podcasting Anyone?

In India, blogging became a widespread hit when it first came into being. It is easy to write a blog, it is mostly free, and it is fun. For today’s everyday netizens, especially for those who like to read and …

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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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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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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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The Autograph Seeker

What happens when a boy who loves to talk falls in love with a girl who cannot talk? A lot of drama and unravelling of long-untold, forgotten & mysterious stories – says the very candid & witty Tony V Francis, …

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Tell me a Long, Long Story

Whenever translator Ms.Mini Krishnan selects a story for her book, she thinks about all the teachers and the children who may read it and discuss it. But this is not the only driving force for her to translate novellas.

Sitting …

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Whose Side are You On?

Two of the most prominent sports writers and columnists sat to deliberate on the ever-changing landscape of the game of cricket. As T20s shatter all records of sports viewership and fandom and the International cricket based on the idea of …

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