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Updated: February 17, 2012 10:59 IST

When literature will be the cynosure of all eyes

R. Krithika
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The Hindu's Lit for Life to be held in Chennai from October 29 to 30

After a grand opening in Delhi on September 25, The Hindu's Lit for Life, presented by Hirco, now moves to Chennai. Spread over two days — October 29 and 30 — the conclave will see authors, academics, filmmakers and publishers discuss literature in its various avatars.

Danseuse Leela Samson will be the chief guest at the inauguration, while author and publisher David Davidar will be the guest of honour.

Day one, Mohammed Hanif will discuss writers from the sub-continent with Ziya us Salam. While Latha Anantharaman and Rahul Bhattacharya talk about the whys and hows of travel writing; Tamil writers Bama and P. Sivakami, academic Susie Tharu and Editor of The Hindu Siddharth Varadarajan look at “Is Writing a Healing?” Publishers Ravi Singh, V.K. Karthika, Urvashi Butalia and Saugata Mukherjee pitch in with “The Other Side of Books” as Zac O' Yeah undertakes “The Tragedy Workshop.”

Day two begins with “The Scent of Paper,” a discussion between writers Kavery Nambisan and K. Srilata. Scriptwriter Anjum Rajabali and filmmakers Balu Mahendra, Singeetham Srinivasa Rao and K. Hariharan discuss films in “Freeze Frame.” Urvashi Butalia and Shabana Azmi talk about “Unlimited Spirit.” As Mini Krishnan and Arunava Sinha conduct a “Translations Workshop,” Shashi Tharoor, Mukul Kesavan and Rahul Bhattacharya take a look at “Playing Fields.”

The final session has well-known author Vikram Seth discussing his latest work The Rivered Earth” with Nisha Susan. The grand finale will be the announcement of the winner of The Hindu Literary Prize.

At the Delhi edition of Lit of Life, the panel of judges – Mridula Garg, Brinda Bose, K. Satchidanandan, Tabish Khair and Pavan K. Verma – announced a shortlist of seven books for The Hindu Literary Prize.

Mr. Tharoor, the chief guest for the day, will give away the prize.

Presenting Sponsor: HIRCO; Associate Sponsors: Shriram City, Rado; Session Sponsors: Club Mahindra, Penguin, Harper Collins, Om Books, Spotlight; Travel Support: Le Passage to India; Venue Support: Hyatt Regency; Gift Sponsor: Seshasayee Paper and Boards Ltd.; and Creative Consultant: Siyahi.

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I am a senior citizen and had always wanted to become a writer.
I used to write small stories in school, but instead of encouraging
me, every body discourage me saying it would affect my future.
Still I have the capacity to think out a good story, especially
when I see something in the daily life. If only I had the ability
to translate my thoughts into words - in black and white, I would
have churned out lot of stories. Your intimation in today's - 17.2.12 paper brought some hope to me, but the timings is most unsuitable, since I will be in the Court assisting my Advocate boss. This is the first time I have got a chance to speak out my mind. If only you can help me to realise my dream of writing stories, I will be much thankful to you for the same.

from:  T.V.SATHYANATHAN
Posted on: Feb 17, 2012 at 10:06 IST


Dear Hindu,
Salutes to Hindu which I admire for the past 50 yrs,
Please let me know if the entry is restricted on Oct 30, rain or no
rain.
God bless HINDU group.

from:  veda vyasan
Posted on: Oct 29, 2011 at 16:51 IST
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