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Rajmohan Gandhi and Charles Allen in conversation with Jonathan Gil Harris, at The Hindu Lit for Life Fest 2015.on Sunday. Photo: R. Ravindran
Rajmohan Gandhi and Charles Allen in conversation with Jonathan Gil Harris, at The Hindu Lit for Life Fest 2015.on Sunday. Photo: R. Ravindran

The lives of others

Rajmohan Gandhi and Charles Allen in conversation with Jonathan Gil Harris explored the biography as a literary genre at The Hindu Lit for Life »
A play at Lit For Life on Sunday.. Photo: R. Ragu

A leaf out of our lives

Written and directed by Prasanna Ramaswamy, ‘Lotus Leaves, Water Words’ focussed on ecological issues through music and movement »

Lit for Life underlines freedom of expression

Around 8,000 registrations were made at the fest, which hosted 15 sessions and over 110 speakers. All three days had more than 5,000 visitors each. »
PLURAL SELVES V. K. Karthika, Irwin Allan Sealy, Leila Seth and T.M. Krishna Photo: R. Ravindran

The truth through memories

Three writers discuss the hows and whys of writing a memoir »
RELIGION AND MORE Renuka Narayanan, A. R. Venkatachalapathy and Sadanand Menon. Photo: R. Ravindran

Words of faith

Sadanand Menon, Renuka Narayanan and A. R. Venkatachalapathy elaborate on religion and literature »
A. Ramasamy,Vetrimaran, R.Rohini and Vasanthabalan. Photo : K. Pichumani
January 19, 2015

Scripting change

The cast was perfect; two acclaimed filmmakers in Tamil cinema, an actress of calibre and a Tamil writer. The storyline was in-depth — new narratives or new ways of narration, with respect to Kolly... »
Sharad Paul with Vidya Singh Photo: R. Ragu
January 19, 2015

Skin and other stories

Dr Sharad Paul, in his lecture on ‘Skin: A biography’ (Also the title of his book) traced the history of skin. . “Indians inherently lack Vitamin D,” he said. When compared to people with bl... »
January 19, 2015

Dispatches from West Asia

Ahdaf Soueif’s journey has been one beyond maps. Born in Cairo, educated and married in England and spending time in both places, she finds the rewards of inhabiting the ‘Mezzaterra’ enormous. “At... »
January 19, 2015

Crossing the line

With a panel that comprised of Arunava Sinha, Samanth Subramanian, Salil Tripathi and Aatish Taseer, one could predict an exuberant and intellectually stimulating discussion and the panelists gave... »
WRITING CATCHY LYRICS Madhan Karky Photo: K. Pichumani
January 19, 2015

All about lyric engineering

 Madhan Karky is perhaps the fastest-rising lyricist in Tamil cinema. Thanks to his wordplay and creativity, he’s a hit among youngsters, who find his lyrics both poetic and logical. He’s al... »
Nina McConigley Photo: K. Pichumani
January 19, 2015

Creative ways to fiction writing

At the creative writing workshop ‘Writing what you know: Using autobiography in fiction’, conducted by Nina McConigley, participants kept pouring in even after its commencement. Nina, author of... »
Three writers discuss their favorite books: Amitabha Bagchi, Manjula Padmanabhan and Timeri N Murari in Conversation with Arunava Sinha, at The Hindu Lit for Life Fest 2015.on Sunday. Photo: R. Ravindran
January 19, 2015

When books speak

In the thick of a literary festival that celebrates writers, this session put the spotlight back on the art of reading. At ‘Writers are Readers First’, authors Amitabha Bagchi, Timeri Murari and M... »
FIVE YEARS STRONG Nirmala Lakshman (centre) says that The Hindu as a brand should take its strengths forward. Photo: R. Ravindran
January 18, 2015
The making of the festival

‘I’d like to have more local authors’

How did the idea of the festival come about? Basically, we wanted to commemorate 20 years of Literary Review. This was the only expanded space in terms of the newspaper showcasing... »
Chef Kunal Kapoor and Manu Chandra taking selfie with the participants. Photo: S.R. Raghunathan
January 18, 2015

Brunching better

Brunch. It’s quite the popular kid. No wonder you see a trail of twenty-something’s as well as the grey-haired brigade queuing up for the various brunch options the city has to offer. Synony... »
PEOPLE POWER (From left) Rajmohan Gandhi, Meena Kandasamy, Ahdaf Soueif and Damon Galgut Photo: K. Pichumani
January 18, 2015

Wheels in motion

The Perumal Murugan controversy set the tone for the session with novelist Ahdaf Soueif, historian and biographer Rajmohan Gandhi, author Damon Galgut in conversation with writer and poet Meena Kan... »

For the love of food

Shifting boundaries

Turning on the spotlight

On the trail of Ashoka

The conversation continues

The write way to sing

‘I write the way I want to’

Call for liberal groups to defend freedom of speech

Aattish Taseer (right) with Ranvir Shah at Lit For Life on Sunday.. Photo: R. Ragu
January 19, 2015

A journey home

Aatish Taseer’s earliest memory in India is of saying “Hai, hai!”, and then “Indira Gandhi, hai, hai!” Born to renowned Indian journalist Tavleen Singh, and Pakistani politician Salmaan Taseer, the... »
Gnani Sankaran, Pralayan, Vidya and K. Parthibaraja at the Lit For Life Function on Sunday.. Photo: R. Ragu
January 19, 2015

Setting the stage right

 All the world’s a stage for them. And when they took the stage at Lit for Life 2015 — at a talk on Tamil theatre — they spoke their heart out.Theatre personalities Gnani, Pralayan and Vidya... »
Sushila Ravindranath, Alarmel Vallli and director Sangeeetam Srinivasa Rao at the Lit For Life on Sunday. Photo: R. Ragu
January 19, 2015

The art of expression

Form in an art form is irrelevant. Be it painting, dancing, singing, acting… every form of art needs to deliver holistic imagery. It has to connect, communicate, establish a story, and provoke the... »
Baradwaj Rangan, Film critic and senior Deputy editor at The Hindu, during a workshop, at The Hindu Lit for Life Fest 2015.on Sunday. Photo: R. Ravindran
January 19, 2015

The filmi approach

When you watch a film, do you really get what the director intended to convey? Or did you interpret it in a different way? The truth is, it doesn’t matter. What works for a friend on-screen might n... »
Shiv Visvanathan, N. Manu Chakravarthy, K. Satchidanandam at The Hindu Lit for Life Fest 2015 on Sunday. Photo: R. Ravindran
January 19, 2015

Life through the lens of language

It was U.R. Ananthamurthy, the master of contradictions, whom scholars Shiv Visvanathan, N. Manu Chakravarthy and K. Satchidanandan paid homage to at the opening session on the final day of Lit fo... »
From lleft, Sharan Apparao, Na Muthukumaraswamy, Dayanita Singh, Anita Ratnam, Renuka Narayanan,, Pradeep Chakaravarthy, Geeta Doctor and Sadanand Menon Photo: R. Ragu
January 19, 2015

The fine art of writing reviews

The full hall at the Sharan Apparao-moderated workshop on ‘Writing about Arts’ had an unexpected mix of participants: literature students, artists, travel-buffs, techies, businessmen and the “just... »
Mini Krishnan at the Lit For Life 2015 in Chennai on January 16, 2015. Photo: R. Ragu
January 19, 2015

Traversing translation

On the first day of The Hindu Lit for Life 2015, Mini Krishnan conducted a workshop on translation, titled ‘Word Worlds’. During the two-hour session, she discussed the many things a... »
LINE OF THOUGHT Timeri Murari, Amitabha Bagchi and Janice Pariat. Photo: K. Pichumani
January 18, 2015

Between the covers

Readings are a startling way to discover a book, through the author's own voice. Read the way it was originally written, it is like tasting a variant of a dish you’ve eaten before — and appreciatin... »
ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY Bahar Dutt Photo: K. Pichumani
January 18, 2015

Sentinel of the wild

“We live in a time where the environment space has become political. When we fight such issues, we’re perceived by the establishment or your own people as being anti-national. It’s difficult to be... »
BOOK TALK Chetan Bhagat and Karthik Kumar Photo: R. Ragu
January 18, 2015

Being Bhagat

The auditorium was packed. Everyone had something to say to the writer on stage and few even got a chance to. A teacher complained that his books couldn’t be taught to college kids, while another l... »

Visual arts in focus

This land, our country

And thereby hangs a tale

Between the long and the short of it

The Indian firangi

The deeper truth of novels

Ashok Srinivasan is winner of The Hindu Prize 2014

The Hindu Lit for Life

Amandeep Sandhu, Manjul Bajaj, Manu Joseph and Sonora Jha read from their novels that were shortlisted for The Hindu Prize for Fiction 2013. Ziya Us Salam introduces them and moderates the session. <... »