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Talking Real Issues

Indian Non Fiction festival, a three-day literary event, will focus on topics ranging from spirituality to politics.

Gregory David Roberts and Rahul Bose at the festival last year.
Gregory David Roberts and Rahul Bose at the festival last year.

Touted as Asia’s largest, the second edition of the Indian Non-Fiction Festival is back and will be held from January 24 to 26 at Nehru Centre in Worli. Last year, a host of authors, intellectuals, publishers, journalists and professors gathered to discuss issues ranging from political participation to the scope of non-fiction writing in the country.

This year, producer and director Kiran Rao, entrepreneurs Subroto Bagchi and Ajit Balakrishnan will kick-start the festival with a discussion titled, ‘India: Our Time is Now’ which will have the trio talk about culture, society and entrepreneurship. Speakers at the festival include authors Ashwin Sanghi, Hussain Zaidi, Jerry Pinto, Peter Griffin, and senior journalists

R Jagannathan and Indrajit Gupta among others. The festival also aims to include spirituality, leadership, personal management, politics and media into the fold.

Another highlight at the festival is ‘Get Booked’, an open platform which allows budding writers to interact with prospective publishers and literary agents. “They will also get an opportunity to pitch their work to an audience and get first-hand reactions from them,” says festival director Kumaar Bagrodia. The festival will also see a mix of panel discussions, book launches, and book signing sessions.

The festival also coincides with National Voters Day, so keeping with the theme, it will have multiple sessions around political participation and voting on January 25.

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