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Feast For The Mind & Soul


If Saturday morning is one of a pair of bookends, make Sunday evening the other. In between, pack in a weekend of books of all shades and covers, engage with over 145 authors of multiple nationalities, and take part in a slew of workshops.

What better for the mind and soul than to welcome a wintry December with the fifth edition of the Times Litfest Delhi, starting off with a cracker of a session on the relevance of Gandhi and a power-packed panel discussing Article 370.

The Times Litfest attracts thousands as authors and columnists spar and dialogue, agree and argue on politics, ideologies, narratives on the one hand and on romance, crime, mythology on the other.

If in one session Alex Rutherford — pen name of duo Diana and Michael Preston who co-authored the six-book series on the Mughal empire — will talk about their work, in another mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik will speak on ‘Yogi or Bhogi: What Should a King Be’.

Acclaimed Tamil writer Perumal Murugan will launch his book, ‘Amma’, while a host of netas from Yashwant Sinha and BJP’s Jay Panda to Congress’s Rajeev Gowda and BJD’s Pinaki Misra on various panels will discuss the Indian democracy, religiosity and writing political biographies. Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia will speak on experiments in education on Saturday.

If that is heavy metal, cut across to Deepika Padukone launching a biography on the iconic Sridevi. Debutant authors Usha Uthup and Gulshan Grover will rock the festival, Uthup’s performance slated for Sunday.

Times Litfest Delhi, which sets the season’s tone for all festivals that follow, has always won praise for being an interactive cultural event. Workshops include one by thespian Feisal Alkazi explaining character development in theatre. Eminent visual artists, including Eva Sánchez Gómez from Spain and Delphine Renon of France, will conduct illustration workshops.

A special event of readings from author Trishla Jain’s books Tankful to Thankful and Om the Gnome for children aged 4 to 8 has been organised.

Other eminent names include Victor Rodriguez Nunez from Cuba, US’s Andrew Otis with his work on Hicky’s Bengal Gazette, Guðrún Eva Mínervudóttir of Iceland, Nemat Sadat from Afghanistan, Maurice Fritz Patrick from Ireland among others.

Times Litfest Delhi, presented by Rajnigandha, is being held on Nov 30 and Dec 1, 10am onwards at India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. Entry is free.

Details available at www.TOI.in/TimesLitfestDelhi

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