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09
Feb 2017

An Interview with Durjoy Datta: About Being a Star Author

Durjoy Datta is an author and screenwriter, but it is his immediately apparent charm that endears him to millions of young readers in India. Part of a group of writers who have succeeded enormously in the genre of commercial fiction, Datta has penned stories that have captured the hearts of his audience, both on the […]

04
Feb 2017

An Interview with Neal Hall: Performance Poetry

Dr Neal Hall is a warrior-poet. His poetry refers to the immediate context of racial oppression, but spans beyond it to reach the heart of the human condition. With Subodh Sarkar and Debojyoti Mishra, he put up a performance of poetry and music that moved the audience to tears. This blogger met him after his […]

03
Feb 2017

An Interview with Divya Dutta

Divya Dutta wears many hats. She is a critically acclaimed actor, a columnist and now a writer.  Her memoir, Me and Maa, focuses on her relationship with Dr Nalini Dutta, her mother. During our conversation, she spoke about the bond between her and her mother, how she chooses the roles she wants to do and […]

03
Feb 2017

An Interview with Devi Kar: Jit Paul Memorial Lecture

Devi Kar is the Director of Modern High School for Girls and the Modern Academy of Continuing Education. Besides being a member of multiple Education Boards and Scholarship panels, she is a writer of history books and driver of vintage cars. When this blogger met her after her session, the conversation ranged from education to […]

02
Feb 2017

An Interview with Sudhir Mishra: 50 Films that Changed Bollywood

Sudhir Mishra is a film director and scriptwriter. His critically acclaimed, offbeat films, such as Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi and Chameli, tell the story of both the narratives he creates and that of a man preoccupied with the many ways of ‘seeing’ in this world. His remarkably dry wit set the stage for our interaction. On […]

02
Feb 2017

An Interview with Devdan Chaudhuri: New Writers, New Audiences

Devdan Chaudhuri wears many hats: he is a poet, a fiction-writer and a columnist. His latest poem has been included in a list of 39 contemporary Indian poets in Muse India. His first novel, Anatomy of Life, was published by Picador in 2014. On sitting down for a chat after his session, this is what […]

02
Feb 2017

An Interview with Nitya Mehra: 50 Films that Changed Bollywood

Nitya Mehra is a filmmaker. She has worked with directors such as Farhan Akhtar, Mira Nair and Ang Lee. Her directorial debut, Baar Baar Dekho, was released in 2016. A trailblazing woman, her passionate demeanour and presence are inspirations in themselves.  Here are her thoughts as told to the scribe on a sunny afternoon at […]

02
Feb 2017

An Interview with Vivek Shanbhag: Accessing Literature through Translations

Vivek Shanbhag is a writer and translator, who works in Kannada. Ghachar Ghochar, a novella by him, has been translated by Srinath Perur into English. The work which captures the shades of a family’s relationship with newfound wealth, and consequently each other, has garnered universal praise. This blogger caught up with him in the Author’s […]

08
Feb 2016

An Interview with Dhritiman Chatterjee

In an engaging discussion at the Kolkata Literature Fest, Mr Dhritiman Chatterjee spoke about the many ways a character like Byomkesh Bakshi can be understood. I caught up with him before the session to ask him about Byomkesh, his favourite detective and more. Here’s what we talked about: What was it like to interpret Byomkesh at an […]

07
Feb 2016

An interview with Samaresh Majumdar

Meeting a writer whose stories one grew up with is nothing less than a dream come true. Meeting the wry, humorous and forthright Mr Samaresh Majumdar was even better! Here’s what Mr Majumdar and I talked about after his session at boimela: Is the struggle between the mother tongue and the imposed tongue of English […]