Book Reading Hosted @ The A, Mumbai
Times Lit Fest @ Jayamahal Palace, Bengaluru
My first ever speaking engagement at a Lit Fest and I wasn't sure quite what to expect. But even if I had voiced my wildest expectations, they would have easily been surpassed, and how!
From the organization and the hospitality to the aesthetics and the attendees, there was little left to the imagination as the organizers had created an idyllic setting for the cultural cornucopia.
Could it have been anything else, I ask myself, when I was in the luminous company of folks such as Amitabha Bagchi, Amrita Mahale, Harshali Singh, Manu S. Pillai, Nayantara Sahgal, Priya Malik, Richa Mukherjee, Sharif D. Rangnekar, Sushmita Mukherjee, and Wendell Rodricks?
I was fortunate enough to be speaking at two sessions that were both equally well-attended. One on "Why I Write, What I Write" and the other on "Young India Writing".
Q: If your writing was a mathematical symbol, which one would it be?
A: The infinity loop... because it's a continuous cycle of improvement.
Here's a short snippet of me speaking to the impact of social media on culture and society.
Thanks Vinita Dawra Nangia for everything :)
Book Reading Hosted by GLiterARTi @ The Palms, Gurugram
It would have been an exceptionally cold and grey Saturday afternoon had it not been for the lovely people of Gurugram. Organized by the energetic team at Rupa Publications, the discussion was hosted by Meenakshi Nath Sharma, the founder of GLiterARTi, Gurugram's premier literary club.
Even though the original guest list was restricted to the dozen members of the club, more than five times as many showed up to keep the conversation warm and glowing. Meenakshi also turned up the heat with her insightful questions.
While Nirmala Tandon, Founder of IIMPACT radiated warmth, Puneet Gulati, Barista CEO brought his usual energy and optimism, and my editor Amrita Varma her infectious laugh.
While a picture might be worth a thousand words, both Meenakshi and the audience added meaning to those words by asking some really tough and insightful questions. Here are some excerpts from the conversations of the evening.
Launch @ Barista!
Barista hosted a wonderful event to mark the launch of Dark Blossom pan-India at 100 Barista outlets. The event was a closed event attended by media and influencers. Here's one of the media properties that reported the event.
Literary Cocktail Party @ Kwality
On December 5, The Punch Magazine and the iconic Kwality Restaurant co-hosted a literary cocktail party for the literati at Connaught Place in Delhi, before the restaurant threw its doors open for the public. I was among several authors, publishers and editors invited to bond over signature cocktails, drinks and specially curated hors d'oeuvres.
Seen here (left to right): Chandrahas Choudhury, yours truly, and Divij Lamba.
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