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Getting Real

India gets its first non-fiction festival

It is said that Mumbai’s literary scene pales in comparison to that of Delhi. But if the recent spate of literary festivals in the country’s financial capital is anything to go by,change is happening. At least that’s what the India Non-Fiction Festival is aiming for. Touted as Asia’s first non-fiction festival,the three-day event will take place at Mumbai’s Nehru Centre from June 21 to 23. Centred on the theme of “Be Bold,Stay Real”,the festival will primarily deal with non-fiction writing and will see experts across sectors come together to share their insights on a wide range of subjects — from business,management and economics to media,cinema,lifestyle,cookery,health,fitness,politics and globalisation. Speaking about the occasion,festival director Kumaar Bagrodia noted that he has always been a great fan of non-fiction as it mirrors real-life happenings and circumstances,thus connecting the reader to reality. “Earlier,there was no festival solely dedicated to non-fiction,so we decided to give the genre its due and share it with the citizens of Mumbai,” he said. Apart from book launches,panel discussions,keynotes and one-on-one conversations with eminent authors will be part of the festival. The list of speakers includes the likes of Anita Bhogle,Naresh Fernandes,Ashok Row Kavi,Gregory David Roberts,Tavleen Singh,Rajan Bhosle,Mahesh Bhatt,Mickey Mehta,Rahul Bose,Sanjay Gadhvi and Rama Bijapurkar,among others.