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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 […]

05
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, […]

04
Feb 2017

An Interview with Saroo Brierly: A Long Way From Home

Saroo Brierly is an Indian-born Australian businessman who was separated from his birth mother, adopted by an Australian couple and 25 years later reunited with his birth mother. His story generated significant international media attention, especially in Australia and India. An autobiographical account of his experiences, A Long way From Home, was published in 2014 […]

04
Feb 2017

An Interview with Yatindra Mishra: Hindi Literature Today

Yatindra Mishra has four collections of Hindi poetry to his credit – Yada Kada, Ayodhya tatha Anya Kavitayein, Dyorhi par Aalap and Vibhas. As a music and film critic he has also written Girija (the life  and works of thumri singer Girija Devi), ‘Devpriya’, ‘Sur ki Baradari’ and ‘Humsafar’. His Meelon Se Din won the Best […]

04
Feb 2017

Chetan Bhagat: Up, Close and Personal

The final session of the Kolkata Literature Festival saw on stage bestselling author Chetan Bhagat in conversation with Monideepa Banerjie. “Up, close and personal”, the star author was quizzed about everything, from books to his toothpaste! “He is Kolkata’s jamaai!” introduced Monideepa and Chetan Bhagat told Kolkata about how “mishti” the city is! “I hadn’t […]

04
Feb 2017

A Long Way Home

The eighth session on the final day of Kolkata Literature Festival 2017 was named ‘A Long Way Home’ after the 2014 autobiographical account of the experiences of Saroo Brierley. The discussion revolved around this story which was adapted into the movie ‘Lion’. The secretary of public affairs, Australian High Commission shortly opened the session. The discussion […]

04
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 […]

04
Feb 2017

Reflowering of Bengali Literature – Bangla Badal

The only Bengali session of the Kolkata Literature Festival began with Nachiketa singing some soulful tunes. The packed audience was immediately enthralled and thus started a lovely session moderated by Tridib Chattopadhyay, Managing Director of Patra Bharati group of Publications. The panellists of the fifth session of the third day were Shirshendu  Mukhopadhyay, Srijato , […]

04
Feb 2017

Durjoy Datta About Being a Star Author

He is the author of ‘Of Course I Love You…Till I Find Someone Better’. He wrote ‘Now That You’re Rich! Let’s Fall in Love!’ He is the author of many other books which have gained phenomenal popularity in India. He has written his name in the hearts of numerous teenagers the country over. He, ladies […]

04
Feb 2017

‘The Valley The City The Village’ Project

The second session on the final day of Kolkata Literature Festival 2017 saw a discussion on creative writing. It was in association with the British Council, BEE Books, Wales Arts International and Parthian. Esha Chatterjee, CEO, BEE Books moderated the discussion. The panel also consisted of Natalie Holborow, the winner of Terry Hetherington, Sophie McKeand, […]