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Feb 2017

An interview with Monideepa Banerjie: Chetan Bhagat up close and personal

Monideepa Banerjie needs no introduction and is a face and voice Kolkata identifies with. She has been with NDTV for 22 years and discusses folklore, music, society, politics and everything in between. Here is a chat session with one of the greatest personalities in the Kolkata media, it was so humbling to talk to her, […]

Feb 2017

An interview with Sion Tomos Owen: The Valley, The City And The Village Project

Sion Tomos Owen was born and raised first language Welsh in the Rhondda Valley, He has a string of awards and accolades attached to his name – Tudor Bevan Bursary Award in 2007, runner up in the Terry Hetherington Young Writers Competition in 2014 and 2013 for short fiction, Young Writer’s Prize in the Planet […]

Feb 2017

An interview with Natalie Holborow: Who are my Readers?

Natalie Holborow is an award winning writer and is an active member on the spoken word scene in south Wales. She was awarded both the Terry Hetherington Award and the Robin Reeves Prize for Young Writers in 2015 and has been shortlisted for various others including the Bridport Prize, Hippocrates Prize and the National Poetry […]

Feb 2017

Interview with Sanjay Chauhan: 50 Films that changed Bollywood

Sanjay Chauhan is considered one of the most acclaimed screen writers in Bollywood today. Mostly known for I Am Kalam (2011) for which he won the Filmfare Award for Best Story and Paan Singh Tomar (2012) which he co-wrote with director Tigmanshu Dhulia. He has written the story & screenplay for other Hindi films like […]

Feb 2017

An Interview with Priyanka Mookerjee: New Writers, New Audiences

A quick chat session with  Priyanka Mookerjee,writer of the debut novel ‘Hedon’. The title Hedon is very interesting. How did you decide on the title – during the first part of your writing, during or towards the end? The term ‘Hedon’ is taken from the term Hedonism – which means giving into your desires, going headlong […]

What can Kolkata learn from Singapore’s Reading Movement

  In Singapore, unlike Kolkata, reading is not just passing time. It is a pledge, a requirement, a need, a promise and a national commitment and not just pleasure. Singapore is committed to building a nation of readers! Here I am sharing three solutions to garner and infuse reading in Kolkata much more than it […]