Sunday, January 10, 2016

Lit-fests: an evening in Kolkata (and Jaipur)

After a relatively placid three or four months, I have been back to spending a great deal of time on hospital duty, and generally being on call for medical emergencies. Without getting too dramatic about it, this sort of thing is physically and mentally exhausting, leads to very little work getting done, and also means that I can't make travel plans with any confidence. 

Still, I have my fingers crossed that I'll be able to get away from Delhi for two or three days near the end of this month, to participate in lit-fest sessions in Jaipur and Kolkata.

On January 24, at the Jaipur Literature Festival, Rauf Ahmed and I will be speaking with Anuja Chauhan about our film books (Ahmed’s book on Shammi Kapoor is out this year). 
The morning after that, I’ll be at the Kolkata Literary Meet, in conversation with Sharmila Tagore - the session is called “The Babu Moshai in Bombay” and will be about Hrishikesh Mukherjee and other Bengalis who worked in the Hindi film industry between the 1950s and the 70s. Balaji Vittal is anchoring that conversation.

And later that day, I will be moderating a conversation between Javed Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar.

The Kolkata Literary Meet website is here, and the schedule for the Jaipur lit-fest is here. Please come across for the sessions if you're around, and spread the word to anyone else who might be interested.


  1. Sorry to hear that! Hospital duty is never easy as I know from recent experience. Hope things are working out positively in as much as is possible.

    1. thanks Kaushik. Yes, this is my sixth time doing prolonged hospital duty in the past year and a half, and some of the stuff that has happened has been downright surreal. Right out of the hospital scenes in Catch-22.

  2. Literature festival is always inspiring for every artistic people. Last time i've attanded one lit. festival in jaipur city, whereas i've enjoyed food, drink, best author previews and meet with the best folk artist...

    Great Experience...!