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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

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 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 […]

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 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 […]

02
Feb 2017

An Interview with Jenny Brown: Accessing Literatures Through Translation

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 authors […]