On Stage – November ’16

On Stage November 2016   Every November, Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest attaches itself firmly to almost all venues of NCPA. That`s because Mumbai’s international literary festival is not just a Literature Live! event, or a Tata event, but very much NCPA`s event too. (Full disclosure: I am the Founder and Director of the litfest). So it has […]

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Kaleidoscope Contest Winners – What Are Words Worth

1st Prize – Existentialist Conspiracy Club by Kalpak Bhave   Yesterday, I saw you look at the stars, Our bottoms cold on the marble floor, A garden of light above our head, None of us saying much, Me itching to get up and go, You shooting a look, dare I moved. “Is everything alright?” They’d […]

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Kaleidoscope Contest Winners – Twist Your Tales

1st Prize – “LORD OF THE RINGS AN UNTOLD STORY” (parody) By Aditya Mewati and Isha Mahajan The irony of life is that everyone is going to die but unexpected things tend to occur at the most bizarre times like it happened with Jeanine Mathews. She thought she was going to change the system, make […]

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Dad’s the Word – Soumya Bhattacharya

Dad’s the Word (Excerpt from the Fatherhood Memoir)   I was sitting in the rocking chair that no longer rocks, twisting myself around so that my book caught the best of the light from the lamp on the small glass table alongside the chair. She slipped into the room, her bare feet making no sound, and […]

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Reading to Borges – Nicholas Shakespeare

Reading to Borges   THROUGH a series of strange circumstances, I had the opportunity as a  British schoolboy to read aloud to Jorge Luis Borges. I was 16 when I first climbed the staircase to his small, dark drawing room in Avenida Maipu, in a flat that he shared with his mother. The adolescent who […]

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In the 2016 edition of the Tata Literature Live MyStory Contest, we had over 1850 entries and 30,000 votes. Below are the five winners picked by our jury on the basis of merit. They are not in order of positions.   Kirti Swarup Rath   REGRET “Faster,faster”,I kept urging him from the moment I got […]

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Mountain Echoes – Sadaf Saaz

Mountain Echoes (Written for Dhaka Tribune on September 5, 2016) Nothing quite prepares you for the magical landing in Paro; one of the world’s most dangerous airports. It’s breathtaking setting amid green peaks of Bhutan’s Himalayan range conveyed a feeling of awe mixed with serenity. Apparently only eight Druk Air pilots are trained to commercially land here; […]

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Amish Tripathi for FirstPost

Amish Tripathi: In our culture, we’ve always believed that even the Gods cannot judge (Published in FirstPost on October 15, 2016, Written by Prayag Arora – Desai and Sohini Guha)     Since his unprecedented success as an author with his Shiva series, Amish Tripathi has been a regular at literature fests across India. He’s set to […]

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Paws for Thought – Gauri Sinh

Paws for thought Could feeling for one stray cat foster a community in our oft-hard hearted city? By Gauri Sinh   Come to think of it, I cannot even recall his colouring. He came into my life by chance, suddenly and without warning, as things of significance often do, and his coming marked a paradigm […]

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Something of Nothing – Soumya Bhattacharya

Something of Nothing (Written for London Library magazine) Rakesh winced as the car lurched into a pothole. A tremor of annoyance radiated through the hand that he rested on the steering wheel. He had taken his eyes off the road again. Again, he had been looking at the mannequin in the Benetton shop window. It reminded […]

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Tata Litlive! MyStory Contest : First Set of Winners

In the 2016 edition of the Tata Literature Live MyStory Contest, we had over 1850 entries and 30,000 votes. Below are the five winners picked by our jury from the 25 entries with the maximum number of votes. They are not in order of positions. Samparna Tripathy Votes – 438 My dear Teacher, I am […]

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