Bachi Karkaria - Bangalore Literature Festival (BLF)


Bachi Karkaria is among India’s senior most journalists and was the first Indian board member of the World Editors Forum. Her specialisations are urbanisation, gender and public health. She conceptualised the now highly regarded Times of India Litfest, Mumbai in 2011, and has continued to be its director. In the past seven years it has become a top-draw, and top-draw hub of ideas from all fields. Its participants have ranged from Thomas Piketty and Arianna Huffington to the reclusive Rohinton Mistry. It has hosted the best names from India and abroad in literature of course, but also economics, science, films, the arts, music, media and even food. She writes two widely followed columns: the satirical `Erratica’ in the Times of India, and Giving Gyan, playing Agony Aunt; in the Mumbai Mirror. She appears regularly on television news channels and is a media trainer in India and abroad. Ms Karkaria’s books include the critically acclaimed In Hot Blood: The Nanavati Case That Shook India ( 2017), Dare to Dream, a best-selling biography of MS Oberoi; Mills, Molls And Moolah, Behind The Times, Mumbai Masti, and The Cake That Walked.