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Times Literature Festival: Delhi 2016

The Times Literature Festival in Delhi has always been an annual carnival to feast on books and discussions on writing. Their focus this year is on the evolution of Indian writing in English post independence: India@70.

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Change has been a constant in the life of India over the past 70 years and The Times of India has always been its vanguard. Reflecting this underlying spirit of the newspaper, TLF-Delhi 2016 will also showcase the theme ‘India@70—change begins here’. TLF-Delhi 2016 promises to be a think-fest with a difference, a conclave reflecting the pulsating heartbeat of India and the twists and turns of its shifting social moods.

We have handpicked a cluster of fabulous sessions that you must attend if you are in Delhi on 26th and 27th November, 2016. Take a look.

Day 1 – 26th November, Saturday

Storytelling session for 7-12 year olds with Bulbul Sharma hosted by Full Circle Bookshop. (11.30 – 12.30) Outdoor stage

Why attend? It’s very important to imbibe the habit of reading and it often begins with listening to stories in childhood.

Keynote Address: India@70: Rebooting the Republic. Speaker: Nandan Nilekani. Moderator: Nalin Mehta (13.30 – 14.30) Stein

Why attend? The key topic of the festival addressed by Nandan Nilekani should be interesting and noteworthy.

The Future is Female: Women Reinventing India. Panelists: Sapna Bhavnani, Mallika Dua and Kanika Tekriwal. Moderator: Shaili Chopra. Session powered by SheThePeopleTV. (15.10 – 16.10) Jacaranda

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Why attend? Interestting speakers on an obviously important topic these days.

Poetry performance by Young Poet Laureate of London, Selina Nwulu. Moderator: Indrajit Hazra. Session powered by the British Council. (16.20 – 17.20) Silver Oak

Why attend? A delight for poetry lovers.

The troubled career of Indian secularism. Panelists: Ayesha Kidwai, Akshaya Mukul and Rahul Pandita. Chair: Ramachandra Guha. Powered by New India Foundation. (17.40 – 18.40) Gulmohur

Why attend? If it’s Delhi, there has to be discussions on India, interesting panelists.

Day 2 – 27th November, Sunday 

The Gujarat Files. Speaker: Rana Ayyub. Moderator: Siddharth Varadarajan. (11.30 – 12.30) Jacaranda

Why attend? A very interesting session on the controversy around Rana Ayyub.

Azaadi: Should students dabble in politics? Panelists: Kanhaiya Kumar, Avijit Ghosh and Saket Bahuguna. Moderator: Sanjeev Singh. Session to be opened by Kanhaiya Kumar. (12.15 – 13.15) Stein

Why attend? Kanhaiya Kumar, out and aloud. You might gather your questions for him too.

Voices from the Valley: New writings from Kashmir. Shahnaz Bashir in conversation with Sameer Arshad. (13.15 – 14.15) Casuarina

Why attend? It’s time we recognise the beautiful literature from Kashmir and be aware about it.

Getting to the Top: Mantras for Success, From Chanakya to our times. Radhakrishan Pillai in conversation with Suhel Seth.. (18.15 – 19.15) Casuarina

Why attend? With Suhel Seth, it promises to be a quirky session.

Author’s corner: Reassessing Tipu Sultan through historical fiction. Speaker: Gayathri Prabhu. Moderator: Mathew John. (18.45 – 19.45) Silver Oak

Why attend? Another controversy to be discusses in public.

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Venue: India Habitat Center, Lodhi Road, Near Airforce Bal Bharati School New Delhi – 110003 | Phone : +91-011-24682001-05

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