Top 5 events to catch at the lit fest
1984 in 2017
What relevance does George Orwell’s masterpiece, 1984, hold today? The answer, probably, is that it holds the same amount of relevance it has over the years since it was published in 1949. But find out what four authors — Allan Sealy, Francine Prose, Jeet Thayil (in pic) and Margaret Drabble — feel about the subject, in a new lit fest feature called Book in Focus.
Devil’s advocate for trivia
The event that’s titled You Cheeky Devil! is billed as a “literary quiz with a twist”. The four authors who are taking part in it include Chandrahas Choudhury, Mahesh Rao, Prayaag Akbar (in pic) and Siddharth Dasgupta, while radio host and producer Hrishikesh Kannan will host the event. But what exactly is the twist that the quiz promises? Well, your guess is as good as ours.
This event involves twin book launches by towering Indian authors Nayantara Sahgal and Kiran Nagarkar. Sahgal’s When the Moon Shines by Day is a dystopian retelling of the socio-political situation in the country today. Nagarkar’s Jasoda deals with the life of a rural woman who murders her own newborn daughter. Both writers will engage in conversation with fellow author Margaret Drabble. Thomas L Friedman is a three-time Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times columnist, who is one of the leading lights of global journalism today. In a talk titled Thank You for Being Late, he discusses how we live in an age of acceleration, wherein our lives are moving at such a dizzying space that time is becoming an increasingly precious commodity. Post-truth — defined as, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief” — was Oxford English Dictionary’s Word of the Year for 2016. Catch philosophy professor AC Grayling (in pic), professor of politics Uday Mehta and Friedman hold forth on the subject, at a discussion aptly titled Fiction as Fact.