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The Hindu Lit for Life is back, this time in February 2013. It began in 2010 as a curtain raiser to commemorate the 20th anniversary of The Hindu’s Literary Review . The Hindu Literary Prize was also instituted that year.

This year, the festival continues to build on the foundations laid in 2010. It kicks off in Delhi on February 6, 2013, with a discussion on the economic history of modern India between Shankkar Aiyar, Brinda Karat, Bibek Debroy and Jayanthi Natarajan. Siddharth Varadarajan will moderate the discussion. Following this, Steve McCurry will take us on a photo-journey through the Indian subcontinent. The shortlist for The Hindu Literary Prize 2012 will be announced during the course of the evening.

The conclave then moves to Chennai (February 16-17, 2013) for two days of exciting discussions, lectures and workshops. Nilanjana Roy, Jeet Thayil and Jerry Pinto tell us what it’s like to write a stunning debut novel. Wendell Rodricks talks about the transition from dominating the fashion industry to dominating bestseller lists. Rocky Singh and Mayur Sharma plan on bringing the cuisines from Indian highways to Chennai.

On a more serious note, Gopal Krishna Gandhi speaks about his two famous grandfathers, while Rahul Bose reads letters exchanged between the two. Vaidehi Rao, Sara Aboobacker and Benyamin talk about producing bestsellers in regional languages, while Devdutt Pattanaik will share his business mantras. Fans of Amruta Patil, Samit Basu and Apupen can look forward to their chat about being graphic novelists in India.

In addition, there will be Meena Kandasamy’s poetry workshop, an art appreciation class by Sharan Apparao and an inside look at writing and illustrating children’s books by Manjula Padmanabhan and Radhika Menon.

The finale on February 17 will be the announcement of the winner of The Hindu Literary Prize 2012.

The festival is conceived and curated by Dr. Nirmala Lakshman, Director, Kasturi and Sons.


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