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03
Feb 2017

Stories from the Real World

Stories from the Real World brought together three eminent personalities from different walks of life, who’ve seen different sectors of real life and talked about success and the journey to it. Sujata Sen, director of the Kolkata Literature Festival, was the moderator for the fifth session of Day 2 at the Kolkata Literature Festival. Tamal […]

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

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 […]

03
Feb 2017

Who are my Readers?

“Who are my readers?” was the third session of the second day at the Kolkata Literature Festival. Denes Gazsi, a professor of Middle Eastern languages, being the only non author in the panel, became the moderator for the session. Natalie Holborrow, being a poet, says, “It’s easier because I’m a poet, but for a novelist, […]

03
Feb 2017

An Interview with Sumita Mukherjee, the STEM factor in children’s literature: Flying Words to Pages

Sumita Mukherjee is a NASA STEM certified leader and children’s book author, her books being centred around mysteries and adventures in the form of Keiko and Kenzo’s Travels. Her series of STEAM books have also proved to be hugely popular. Here’s what she had to say. What inspired you to take up the propagation of […]

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 […]

03
Feb 2017

Flying Words to Pages

A literature festival is incomplete without a session focussing on writing for children, and the first session of the second day gave the young audience just that. Mira Kakkar, founder of Thoughtshop Foundation, began the session by asking Jane D Souza about the journey of becoming an author and what her favourite authors were. Sumita […]

03
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 […]

02
Feb 2017

An Interview with Khaled AlKhamissi: A brief ‘Taxi’ Ride through the streets of Egypt

Khaled Al Khamissi is an Egyptian novelist, columnist, lecturer, writer and cultural activist. He shot to fame with his insightful fiction novels Taxi and Noah’s Arch and his nonfiction novel 2011.  He is now the Chairman of the Cairo Greater Public Library. Have you always known that you want to be a writer? Did something, […]

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 […]