Lisa Ray

Lisa Ray

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Lisa Ray: CLOSE TO THE BONE – a memoir

Lisa Ray’s bestselling debut novel ‘Close to the Bone’ chronicles her life in a personal and moving narrative. Her illustrious career in the modelling and entertainment arts began at the early age of sixteen. Recognised as one of India’s first supermodels, Lisa has made several forays into acting, memorably in the Oscar-nominated ‘Water’, and television ('Top Chef Canada' and 'Oh My Gold'). Her upcoming acting releases include A.R. Rahman’s first production, ‘99 Songs’. When she was first diagnosed with a rare blood cancer in 2009, she chose to share her experiences in a blog called ‘The Yellow Diaries’ which led to the publication of her much-acclaimed memoir. She is a well-known advocate for cancer awareness through her writing and public talks. She often shuttles between Mumbai and the world and in the past, she has also lived in Hong Kong for 4 years.


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John Zubrzycki

John Zubrzycki

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Jadoowallahs, Jugglers and Jinns: A Magical History of India

John Zubrzycki’s first experience of India was a dorm bed at the Salvation Army Guest House in Kolkata 40 years ago. Since then, he’s chalked up a degree in Indian history, travelled to every corner of the subcontinent, worked as a diplomat and foreign correspondent in New Delhi and written three eclectic books on India. Join him as he discusses Jadoowallahs, Juggler and Jinns, a book that traces the evolution of Indian magic.


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Literary Saturday

Literary Saturday

In Conversation

Sessions and interactions with a diverse mix of writers to celebrate books, ideas, creativity, dialogue, diversity and intellectual discourse.


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Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee

Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee

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Gandhi in Times of Violence with Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee in a conversation

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was destined to be the conscience and political catalyst of his age. His distinguished granddaughter, a strong social welfare activist, Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee, speaks to Sanjoy K. Roy about the Mahatma’s vision, his genius, his human vulnerability, and the enduring legacy of non-violence that he bequeathed to a troubled world.


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Navdeep Suri

Navdeep Suri

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Khooni Vaisakhi a poem from the Jallianwala Bagh massacre 1919.

Featuring the poem in translation and in original, Khooni Vaisakhi is a bilingual book accompanied by essays from Navdeep Suri, Punjabi literature scholar H.S. Bhatia, and BBC correspondent Justin Rowlatt. Join author and diplomat Navdeep Suri, who recently retired as India’s ambassador to the UAE, as he discusses this poignant piece of protest literature which is also a powerful historical artefact of India’s darkest moment.


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Sandeep Unnithan

Sandeep Unnithan

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Operation X - an untold History of India’s covert naval war in East Pakistan.

Sandeep Unnithan is Executive Editor with India Today where he writes on security issues. Join him as he discusses his bestselling book, Operation X, that reveals for the very first time, an authentic account of the guerilla operation that contributed towards India’s ultimate victory in the December 1971 Indo-Pak war.


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Navtej Sarna

Navtej Sarna

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Koh-i-Noor: the Mountain of Light.

Navtej Sarna’s passionate biography, The Exile, is a poignant novel about Maharaja Duleep Singh, the younger son of the great Maharaja Ranjeet Singh of Punjab, who signed away the Kohinoor to Queen Victoria when he was only 11. In this session, he presents the riveting story of the Kohinoor, the Mountain of Light.

Navtej Sarna is the author of the novels The Exile and We Weren’t Lovers Like That, the short story collection Winter Evenings, non-fiction works The Book of Nanak, Second Thoughts and Indians at Herod’s Gate, as well as two translations, Zafarnama and Savage Harvest. A professional diplomat since 1980, he has served as High Commissioner of India to the UK and Ambassador to Israel. He was India’s Ambassador to the United States till December 2018.


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