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The Word is Out

The festival is pitched as a platform for debates,book readings,book launches,author interactions and discussions.

November has been a treat for literature lovers in the city,with the recently concluded book fair and a literary festival keeping them absorbed. This weekend,Chandigarh Literary Society’s (CLS) Literati will give the people of Chandigarh more to pore over. Spread over two days (November 23 and 24) at Lake Club,near Sukhna Lake,Literati will get writers,thinkers,youth and the public to celebrate literature.

The festival is pitched as a platform for debates,book readings,book launches,author interactions and discussions. Both the days are completely packed with two simultaneous sessions at the venue. “We’ve tried to get the most from the invited authors and moderators,’’ says Sumita Mishra,Chairperson,CLS.

Literati begins with a keynote address and a session titled “In Search of the Authentic” by author,theatre actor and director Bhaskar Ghose. Keeping in view the format of the festival,which encourages debates and discussions,the audience can lend an ear to Kishwar Desai,Madhu Kishwar,Ashok Vajpeyi and Ram Varma on the topic of “Religion and Politics,Oxygen or Poison?”

Navtej Sarna will read from Savage Harvest,while culinary writer Pushpesh Pant — along with city-based poet and writer Vijai Vardhan — will hold a session called “Brewing Thoughts Beautifully”. Meghna Pant,whose novel One and a Half Wife received commercial and critical acclaim,along with writer Nandita C Puri,will speak about “Context and Contours of Writing”.

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Hindi literature lovers can look forward to a session with Govind Misra,who has 53 books to his credit,including 10 novels,collections of short stories and poetry,and is the recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award. Author Jerry Pinto will read from Sachin Kunkalkar’s Cobalt Blue,while actor-activist Gul Panag and Meghna Pant will be part of a session on “Exotica is the new Erotica”.

Sessions begin at 10.30 am,at Lake Club,Chandigarh,on

November 23 and 24; entry is free.

A performance by Hari and Sukhmani is scheduled for November 23 evening at Tagore Theatre

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