Are you among those souls for whom reading is as natural as breathing? Is a stack of books more likely to make you happy than a pile of cash? Why, then look no further as Mood Indigo, the cultural festival of IIT Bombay, has got the perfect thing for you bibliofreaks. Here's presenting LitFest, MI'15, an event that celebrates mankind's tryst with words and the infinite pleasure of expressing oneself in words.
Just two years since its inception, Litfest has becomes a flagship event of Mood Indigo. It boasts of names like Aamir Khan, Sir Mark Tully, Amish Tripathi and Rajdeep Sardesai among others in its previous editions. You’ll want to be at the eye of this literature storm this year once you’ve gone through the stellar lineup of guest speakers at Litfest’15 (Warning: it might make your pulse quicken):
First guest at this year's Litfest is Dr Shashi Tharoor. If you don't know who he is, you've certainly be living under a rock. He is an author, politician and a former diplomat. He has previously served as MoS for HRD and MoS for External Affairs in the Government of India. During his nearly three-decade long prior career at the United Nations he served as Under-Secretary General during Kofi Annan’s leadership. Dr. Tharoor is also an award-winning author of over fifteen books, both fiction and nonfiction. Interacting with him is an opportunity you don't want to miss!
The much celebrated thriller-fiction author Ashwin Sanghi will be the Keynote Speaker at Litfest Mood Indigo'15. He has written several bestsellers (The Rozabal Line, Chanakya’s Chant, The Krishna Key) under the anagram-pseudonym Shawn Haigins. He has also co-authored a New York Times bestselling crime thriller with James Patterson. He was included by Forbes India in their Celebrity 100 list. Be there to interact with him. Listen, Ask, Get Enlighten!
Next up is an interactive session with Justice Markandey Katju. He is the former Chairman of Press Council of India and has also served as a Judge at the Supreme Court of India and Chief Justice of both Delhi and Madras High Court and as acting Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court. You'll get to listen to his views on a host of topics and also ask him all the questions you've always wanted to ask.
We also have Madhu Kishwar, who is an acclaimed Indian academic and writer. A Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study Of Developing Societies(CSDS) based in Delhi, and the Director of the Indic Studies Project based at CSDS which aims to promote the study of "Religions and Cultures in the Indic Civilization". She is also the founder editor of “Manushi”, a journal about women which is being published since 1979, which has been described by Amartya Sen as a “pioneering feminist journal”. She will be seen discussing Globalisation and Its Effects in a debate along with one of the most influential women of this century, Medha Patkar.
Medha Patkar is one such social worker, who doesn’t need an introduction, but rather deserves one! An Indian social activist and social reformer turned politician, she is the founder member of Narmada Bachao Andolan and was National Convener of National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), an alliance of progressive people's organisations . Her work in the Narmada Bachao Andolan, the World Commission On Dams and the in the various protests she has been involved in favour of the ecology has served as a big influence on innumerable social activists. One can onky expect her debate with Madhu Kishwar to be a highly enlightening one.
And finally, bestselling author of fiction and poetry, Anita Nair will be launching her new book "Alphabet Soup for Lovers" at Mood Indigo this year followed by an interactive session. She is best known for her works like 'The Better Man' and 'Ladies Coupé' which have been translated into 21 languages thereby mesmerising the global audience. She is the recipient of Central Sahitya Akademi award and was also on the Orange Prize long list in the UK. A big-bang book launch is happening, and you are exclusively invited to be a part of it.
A diplomat-politician, a judge, and two authors who are masters of their respective genres, the guest list of Litfest couldn't get any better than this. Be it the choicest nuggets from Dr. Tharoor or an interactive dialogue with the inimitable Justice Katju. May it be a rousing speech by Ashwin Sanghi, a debate on globalisation between two of the leading experts in this area or a book launch by the affable Anita Nair, there is a lot in store for you, lit-lovers. It would scarce be a hyperbole to say only fools would give this year's Litfest a miss. That said, lace up your shoes, sling your bags and be welcome at Litfest Mood Indigo 2015 from 18th to 21st December.