London University`s Professor of Philosophy has strong views, elegantly expressed, on religion, on the existence of God and the eternal mystery of life. A straight talk by AC Grayling (Author, professor and judge of the Booker Prize). Session Sponsor : Aditya Birla Group
A Literary Quiz with a twist. Chandrahas Choudhury (Author and Commonwealth First Book Award nominee), Mahesh Rao (Recepient of Tata First Book Award), Prayaag Akbar (Author and former editor of Scroll), Siddharth Dasgupta (poet and novelist) Quizmaster: Hrishi K (radio host & producer )
The story of medicine in India.
Writing later in life. One of the world`s most revered novelists reflects on a life well-spent in writing,and how age changes perspective and affects how you write. Margaret Drabble (Award winning British author) in conversation with Jerry Pinto (Award winning poet and journalist). Session Sponsor : SK Trust
Launch of A World of Three Zeros followed by a discussion Fixing the Blue Dot Policies for Planet Earth. The Nobel Peace Prize winner`s new book is about the environment. His co-panelists are all passionate about the subject. Panelists: Muhammad Yunus (recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize), Bijal Vachharajani (children's author), Jairam Ramesh (Indian economist and politician), Muhammad Yunus (Nobel Laureate Professor). Chair: Vikram Mehta (Executive Chairman of Brookings India)
The books that made me a writer. Frederic Beigbeder, French writer and literary critic; author and satirist Gary Shteyngart; renowned novelist and critic Margaret Drabble; and Spanish novelist Sergio Chejfec talk about that first spark of inspiration. Panelists: Frédéric Beigbeder (author), Gary Shteyngart (award winning author), Margaret Drabble (D.B.E., novelist and critic), Sergio Chejfec (Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, at New York University). Session Sponsor : LIC
Launch of Javed Akhtar's Talking Films: Conversations on Hindi Cinema.
Rise of Aggressive Hinduism. It`s all around us. Just pick up the morning newspaper. Mukul whose book on the Gita Press won our First Book Award; Shourie, prolific writer and provocateur, and Hansen who has studied riots in India first-hand, try to dissect the phenomenon. Chair: Vir Sanghvi (Award Winning Indian Journalist)
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