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04
Feb 2017

A Long Way Home

The eighth session on the final day of Kolkata Literature Festival 2017 was named ‘A Long Way Home’ after the 2014 autobiographical account of the experiences of Saroo Brierley. The discussion revolved around this story which was adapted into the movie ‘Lion’. The secretary of public affairs, Australian High Commission shortly opened the session. The discussion […]

04
Feb 2017

Durjoy Datta About Being a Star Author

He is the author of ‘Of Course I Love You…Till I Find Someone Better’. He wrote ‘Now That You’re Rich! Let’s Fall in Love!’ He is the author of many other books which have gained phenomenal popularity in India. He has written his name in the hearts of numerous teenagers the country over. He, ladies […]

04
Feb 2017

‘The Valley The City The Village’ Project

The second session on the final day of Kolkata Literature Festival 2017 saw a discussion on creative writing. It was in association with the British Council, BEE Books, Wales Arts International and Parthian. Esha Chatterjee, CEO, BEE Books moderated the discussion. The panel also consisted of Natalie Holborow, the winner of Terry Hetherington, Sophie McKeand, […]

03
Feb 2017

Conversations with Divya Dutta

This session is a rather special one not just for Kolkata but for cinephiles all over the country. It is extremely close to my heart because not only is Divya Dutta one of my favourite actresses but she is a lady with the kind of poise, elegance and subtlety which is almost incomparable. For the […]

03
Feb 2017

Jit Paul Memorial Lecture: Killling them Softly

The Jit Paul Memorial Lecture was initiated by Oxford Bookstore in 2014. Its third edition was delivered as the fourth session of day 2 at Kolkata Literature Festival 2017. It was opened by Maina Bhagat, the director of Oxford Bookstore, Park Street. Jawhar Sircar and Mrs. Devi Kar were the speakers who discussed the issues […]

03
Feb 2017

Bloody Scotland in Kolkata

It was a grand opportunity for book readers and book lovers in Kolkata to have the first crime fiction festival in the world celebrated at the second session of day 2 of the Kolkata Literature Festival 2017. Bloody Scotland celebrates international crime writers from all over the world on an annual basis. The session saw […]

02
Feb 2017

The Vernacular Life of English

English is a lively, dynamic language. It lives; it breathes and recreates itself every moment. Similarly, it lives a vibrant life in the Bengali language too. This was the topic of discussion in the sixth session of day 1 at the Kolkata Literature Festival 2017. The panel comprised novelist and critic Saikat Majumdar, translator and […]

02
Feb 2017

Accessing Literatures through Translations

The second session on the first day of the fourth Kolkata Literature Festival revolved around the issue of the waning of translation works in India and elsewhere. Moderated by Dr. Abhijit Gupta, popularly known as “Tintin Da” among his students in Jadavpur University, the session saw him narrate how his own small press runs primarily […]

kolkata book fair, meghna roy
29
Jan 2017

Mind your Language (and Sexism)!

Woman up! Woman is a social animal. Be a woman! Who’s womanning our office today? Sounds weird, doesn’t it? Despite numerous differences in people across the world on lines of class, religion, race, ethnicity, etc. one consensus the world has successfully reached is to make our ears patriarchal- so much so that when age-old maxims […]

06
Jan 2016

(En)gendering Knowledge: Choosing Books For Children

Last year when I picked a copy of Cinderella for my seven-year-old cousin, he exclaimed in shock as though I’d picked pet food for him to eat. He was evidently scandalized, and fearing that his friends would bully him, said, “This is a read for girls; I prefer something more boyish, Di”. Perplexed at his […]