Discussions were also held that debated whether children should read serious topics in literature
As the bright November sun shone upon the two iconic venues on the final day of the Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest, a compelling array of discussions and straight talks lit up the minds of the audience.
The Prithvi Theatre morning kicked off with a straight talk titled ‘Nawabs, Nudes, Noodles’ by author and brand strategist, Ambi Parameswaran. The session was as much as the story of Indian advertising as it was about the story of how India has changed over the past fifty years. Mr. Parameswaran’s insightful talk traced how advertising has captured the social change that has taken place in India over the past five decades and evaluated the relationship between affluence, aspiration, and desire in India.
At the NCPA a series of parallel discussions were held. In ‘Jai Jawan’, a panel consisting of historian John Horne and author Umi Sinha, chaired by writer Raghu Karnad, discussed the role of Indian soldiers in the Great Wars. The session captured new insights regarding India’s immense contribution to the Great Wars and raised the question as to whether the families of the soldiers who lost their lives have received due recognition and compensation.
In a session titled ‘Buried Alive’, ace investigative journalist Josy Joseph, columnist Mihir Sharma and Founder Editor of The Wire, Sidharth Bhatia got together for a interesting discussion on the pressures, biases, and vested interests which prevent news stories arising from meticulous and often courageous investigative journalism from ever being printed.
In ‘Love. Death. Caste.’, the panel, comprising of writer Devpriya Lahiri, Professor Nina Sabnani and co-founder of publishing house Duckbill, Sayoni Basu, discussed whether serious topics should stay out of children’s literature. The interesting point was made that children’s literature is the only form that is not written by those who read it and it is adults who decide whether children and young adults should read about caste, class, death, love, sexuality, and a myriad other issues. The message that came out from the discussion was that there should be no taboos in children’s literature.
Continuing from yesterday, a bookswap will take place at the NCPA. Readers and book enthusiasts can bring in any title of their choice and take away a book from the collection at the venue. Workshops will also take place at the NCPA and Prithvi Theatre today that will cover topics such as writing and illustrating stories, writing dialogues for audio plays and creating collages that effectively tell a story.
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