The Hindu Lit for Life 2015 – Day 1 (Highlights)

Visitors can post a letter to their favorite authors attending this year’s festival!

The Hindu Lit for Life is an annual literary festival organized by The Hindu (newspaper) in Chennai. They invite authors and notable literary/popular personalities from all over the world and organize book/literature-related speeches, readings, discussion sessions, author signings, etc. This year, The Hindu Lit for Life 2015 event is being held at Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall at Harrington Road, Chetpet. In this post, I present some highlights from the Day 1 of this event.

Ram from The Hindu inaugurated the event, while the Chief Guest Nayantara Sahgal conversed with her biographer Ritu Menon during a session.

Eleanor Catton, the author from New Zealand, and the youngest Booker Prize winner at 28, in conversation with Parvathy Nair.

Jonathan Gil Harris, also from New Zealand, talking about Firangis who became Indian during the Mughal times and later on.

Rajdeep Sardesai, Meghnad Desai, Sanjaya Baru and Vinod Rai discussing on Good Governance in India.

Jung Chang on The Birth of Modern China, history of 19th Century Chinese ruler – Empress Dowager Cixi.

Nirupama Subramanian, Salil Tripathi and Samanth Subramanian discussing on India’s relationship with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Poetree – visitors can pen a verse or haiku and hang it on the tree!

There were a few more sessions that I was unable to attend – Feminine Form: Site of Violence about the feminist movement in India, and hurdles faced to bring equality; Author Chetan Bhagat in conversation with Karthik Kumar, etc. Sessions are being held in two pavilions – The main pavilion and The Hindu pavilion  They are also conducting a few (writing/book-related) workshops during this event.

If you love books/literature, and you are in Chennai from Jan. 16 – 18, attending this event is a must. Entry is free for visitors but you may have to register in the lfl website. (Click on this link to get the schedule of events for all three days.)

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24 thoughts on “The Hindu Lit for Life 2015 – Day 1 (Highlights)

  1. Lit fest?
    Never attended it.
    Loved the idea of letters to the author and the Poetree!
    I hope you had fun.
    Did they talk about how to write a successful book?

    1. A few authors did talk a bit, but it was more about their books, etc. There were discussion on varied topics ranging from movies to governance!

      Destination Infinity

  2. I can see you enjoyed this lit fest. I went to one lecture by the historian/journalist, Romila Thapar, at Kalkshetra, sometimes last month. It was interesting, but I am not good at listening, I think. I just enjoyed there. I couldn’t write anything about it later.

    Enjoy these meets and let us enjoy reading via your posts!

  3. I missed to be in Chennai for this event this year though I’ve marked it in my calendar. Posting letters to authors seems an interesting activity. But I wonder how they came to choose those handful of authors.

  4. When i come across this event’s articles on metro-plus, i anticipated you to be attending and you proved am not wrong. I could see many youngsters cheering the event in the metro-plus. Hope you find it interesting too.

    Love those colorful letter boxes

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