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A Written Soiree

A six-day literary extravaganza brings a range of authors to the city

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Updated: October 24, 2017 1:10:23 am
Ruskin Bond (left); Arundhati Roy

Some of India’s literary doyens will converge in Delhi to celebrate 30 years of Penguin Random House India. The special edition of the annual Spring Fever — usually held in March — will kick off on October 26 at the India Habitat Centre and be titled Penguin Fever.

The six-day event will open with a conversation between Man Booker Prize winner Arundhati Roy and Shohini Ghosh, a culture essayist, documentary filmmaker and a media professor. It will be Roy’s first public session after the publication of her second book, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, in June. On the second day — which is also the anniversary of the publishing house — author-columnist Shobhaa De will chat with Vidya Balan about turning 70 with razzmatazz. The session is titled Zara sa jhoom loon main.

Bestselling romance writers of the country, Ravinder Singh, Durjoy Datta and Sudeep Nagarkar will get to “The Heart of the Matter” on October 28. The same day, environmentalist-editor Sunita Narain and leading environment journalist, Prerna Bindra will speak to filmmaker Pradip Krishen about an impending environmental disaster.

On Sunday, Ruskin Bond will descend to the plains to share secrets on life, writing and his love for lemon cheesecake. The “Criminal Minds’ – authors of crime novels — such as Hussain Zaidi, Brijesh Singh, Ravi Subramanian and Novoneel Chakraborty will talk about the

dark side.

A session on translation, titled “The Line of Beauty”, will feature Perumal Murugan, Shamsur Rahman Faruqi, Kannan Sundaram and Bibek Debroy. While Faruqi, 82, is one of the foremost Urdu writers and critics, Tamil writer Murugan, 51, returned to his literary career last year with an anthology of poetry. He had quit writing in 2015 after protests by caste-based groups against his novel, Mathorubhagan. The Madras High Court had to step in to “resurrect” the writer. On the last day, Shashi Tharoor, Gurcharan Das and Sonu Bhasin will address “The Rise of the Elephant” in a conversation with senior journalist Shereen Bhan.

At India Habitat Centre, from October 26 to 31. Register on http://bit.ly/penguinfever

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