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03
Feb 2017

An Interview with Hardeep Puri: Stories from the Real World

Hardeep Puri joined the IFS in 1974. During a career spanning 29 years, he served in senior positions at the Ministries of External affairs and Defense. With extensive experience in the multilateral diplomacy, he served on three occasions as a member of India’s Delegation to the GATT/UN in Geneva including as Ambassador and Permanent Representative from […]

03
Feb 2017

An Interview with Scotland’s Crime Writers Jenny Brown, Lin Anderson and Doug Johnstone: Bloody Scotland in India

Jenny Brown was previously the Head of Literature at the Scottish Arts Council, and the first Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival. She was one of the primary forces behind the designation of Edinburgh as the UNESCO City of Literature. She is also the Chair of the Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival, promoting new […]

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

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

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 […]

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 Manabi Bandopadhyay: What do I do with my Sexuality?

Manabi Bandopadhyay is the first transgender college Principal in India, currently working in Krishnanagar Women’s College in the Nadia district. This blogger had the privilege of meeting her at the 4th Kolkata Literature Festival, 2017 and this is what she had to convey. Recently, a transgender person was refused treatment at a Kolkata hospital for […]

02
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 […]