BLF 2019 Reports Day 1 - Bangalore Literature Festival (BLF)

BLF 2019 Reports Day 1

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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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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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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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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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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Build YOUR Brand Before You Write That Book!

Brand maven Karthik Srinivasan took an hour-long mid-day session. He is a communication professional with two decades of experience in creating, building, and managing perceptions of brands across agency and client environments. His session was primarily based on how branding …

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Majoritarianism and the Indian Democracy

The evening session started with the introduction of famous Indian Historian, Novelist, and political and social Essayist Mr. Mukul Kesavan. He studied History at St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi and later at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge where he …

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Namdu K Kannad Gothilla Ki Ki

Namdu K is a YouTube entertainment Channel that features Kannada comedy online and offline. Namdu K channel has 73 YouTube videos and 26K subscribers with 11K followers on Instagram. Namdu K was started in 2014 by Shravan Narayan who was …

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Big Little Stories

Novels containing stories larger than life or stories so real that they are hard to believe attract us immediately. But short stories encapsulate a world of their own leaving the reader with memorable charm. The session ‘Big Little Stories’ was …

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