Bangalore Literature Festival (BLF) - 26 - 28 Sep, 2014 | Crowne Plaza @ Velankani Park, Electronics City


A Death in The Himalayas

As intriguing the title of this topic of BLF was, so was the discussion of the book ‘A Death in the Himalayas’ by Udayan Mukherjee. Udayan Mukherjee, who has spent two decades working in CNBC was in conversation with Aruna …

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The Story of an Acid-Attack Survivor

Two women, two horrifying life-changing incidents. They don’t give up; instead, they determine to emerge like a phoenix to inform the world about what it takes to rise out of an acid attack and bring back normalcy in life.

Reshma …

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The Endgame

The Yayati stage arena at the Bangalore Literature Festival’19 witnessed a remarkable burst of energy amongst the audience at 12.45 PM as Kunal Basu took over the stage. Kunal, the author of critically acclaimed novels such as – The Opium …

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Putting the ‘Science’ in Science Fiction

So what if it was a peak afternoon in Bangalore at the Literature Festival! At 12:30 PM, the Red Couch was brimming with audience awaiting the interesting conversation between the SriLankan science fiction writer, Navin Weerarante and the award-winning playwriter …

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The Courtesan Project

The enlightening talk given by Manjari Chaturvedi covered the works of her initiative, Courtesan Project. The motto of her project, to acknowledge the ‘Tawaifs’ (female performers at the kings’ courts) as she states in Urdu “unko unki wajood de” was …

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The Ailing Economy: Passing Flu or ICU?

Is the economy in the passing flu, or is it strong? Narayan Ramachandran introduces the debate with this question to the key economists – Dr. Indira Rajaraman, Dr. R. Jagannathan, and Vivek Kaul.


The session proceeded as each economist …

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Savarkar: Misunderstood Messiah?

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar commonly known as Veer Savarkar has attracted renewed academic interest in the country thanks to the highly successful biography by Author and Historian Vikram Sampath. While Savarkar has always been a device for shrill disputes in our …

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The Remains of Liberalism

The stage of Tughlaq was set for a discussion on liberalism by the previous session delving into the history of coextensive rights and obligations and conservatism in India. This session on ‘The Remains of liberalism’ was presided over by speakers …

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Body Sutra

The event commenced on time at the Red Couch venue with an introductory address by Lucy Nelson followed by an extensive talk by Dr. Alka Pande (famous Indian academic and museum curator). Dr. Pande spoke about her literary safari over …

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A Life Told Through The Body

A conversation between Shanta Gokhale, a Mumbai based bilingual writer, translator, journalist, theatre critic, and cultural columnist with Jerry Pinto, a Mumbai based Indian writer and journalist.

There was an immediate comfort between the two panelists on the stage and …

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Looking For Miss Sargam

The session had Shubha Mudgal in conversation with Deepak Unnikrishnan.Shubha Mudgal is a widely acclaimed singer, who has also been a performer, teacher, composer and an author. She has specialised in hindustani classical genre of khayal & thumri-Dadra, a semi- …

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Life and Death of Sunanda Pushkar

Ravi Subramaniam interviewed author Sunanda Mehta about her popular book, ‘Life and Death of Sunanda Pushkar’. It was a great interaction between Sunanda Mehta and Ravi Subramanian. When one thinks of Sunanda Pushkar’s life, the first question that hits …

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The Indian Conservative

The session started with a recollection of the conversation that  Jerry Rao had with the Chancellor of Asoka University, Rudrangshu Mukherjee. The said conversation centered around the current academic scenario in India with the bombardment of ideologies of the Left …

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Happiness Express

The session flagged off on time at The Red Couch stage with an introductory address by Khurshed Batliwala, popularly known as BAWA – one of the two authors of ‘Happiness Express’ who particularly based his focus on the topmost things …

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Making Sense of Trump

An uninhibited conversation of Edward Luce, an English Journalist and Financial Times chief US Commentator & Columnist with Writer and Editor Keshava Guha.


A conversation about Trump today is so on trend that you do not need to build up, …

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Mind Without Fear

Rajat Gupta having been managing director for almost ten years of management consultancy giant McKinsey, drew from his experience throughout the session and shared insights on how not to get carried away by the result but enjoy the process. Rajat …

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Forbidden Love

Which is forbidden love? Is it Romeo and Juliet’s star-crossed attraction or Khilji’s obsession for Rani Padmavati or the love of those women who explore love outside their own culture? What does forbidden love actually mean? Is it the love …

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Colour Matters

Disambiguation of the persistence of colour and society’s dependence on the same for determining an individual’s thoughts and actions is much needed today. The trials and tribulations of time and history are a testimony to that. Artefacts predating the 20th …

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