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Feb 2016

An Interview with Dhritiman Chatterjee

In an engaging discussion at the Kolkata Literature Fest, Mr Dhritiman Chatterjee spoke about the many ways a character like Byomkesh Bakshi can be understood. I caught up with him before the session to ask him about Byomkesh, his favourite detective and more. Here’s what we talked about: What was it like to interpret Byomkesh at an […]

Feb 2016

An interview with Samaresh Majumdar

Meeting a writer whose stories one grew up with is nothing less than a dream come true. Meeting the wry, humorous and forthright Mr Samaresh Majumdar was even better! Here’s what Mr Majumdar and I talked about after his session at boimela: Is the struggle between the mother tongue and the imposed tongue of English […]

Why Writing for Children Can Be So Rewarding

“These are the writers who make our city.” Apt words to introduce a panel that includes Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Samaresh Majumdar, Dipanwita Roy and Jash Sen. The writers are here for the second session on the last day of the Kolkata Literature Festival to discuss the art of writing for children. The adda-debate that is conducted, […]

Feb 2016

Drumscape – Bickram Ghosh

It isn’t quite justified if a literary festival as successful Kolkata Literature Festival 2016 doesn’t end on the high note, is it? Thus, the concluding act for the three days of debate and discussion brought on stage tabla maestro Bickram Ghosh and his team. And they whipped up quite a storm with fascinating beats, rhythm […]

Feb 2016

The Rebirth of a Novel

The Gujarati novel, Saraswatichandra, has been translated into English by Tridip Suhrud, after almost 128 years. The making of the classic retold to the world wass the primary topic of this session. With a charming personality and a gracious smile, Prof. Kavita Panjabi welcomes Tridip Suhrud and Supriya Chaudhuri at the beginning of the discussion. […]

Feb 2016

The Mystery of the Changing Detective

What was perhaps the most-awaited session of the Kolkata Bookfair begins, to nobody’s surprise, to thunderous applause as Dhritiman Chatterjee, Abir Chatterjee and Sujoy Ghosh take the stage. The topic of “Byomkesh Through the Ages”  is tossed into the enthusiastic milieu as the evening sits up to take close notes.   Mr Tridib Kumar Chatterjee, […]

Feb 2016

How Cities Inspire, Create and Influence

If you stay in a city for a long while, it grows on you. You discover new mentalities, thoughts and cultures and this session delved deeper into four such cities which have influenced four authors majorly. The first session of the last day brought together authors Zac O’ Yeah, Tulsi Badrinath, Arathi Menon and Bishwanath […]

An Interview with Shyam Benegal

Many of us don’t get the opportunity to meet our idols very often. So when I met famed film director Mr Shyam Benegal, I immediately plied him with some burning questions I’d always wanted to ask him. Here’s what he said: Your film, Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero, deals with the issue of Netaji’s […]

Poetry, Calcutta, Bookfair and more – Interviewing Srijato

Srijato, a popular Bengali poet is mostly known for his use of the Bengali language in a lucid, simple and beautiful manner. Before reading out a couple of these in the session “Aaj, Kal, Porshu Kobita” , Srijato talked to Meghna Roy from Kolkata Bloggers in an exclusive interview. Q: Why poetry? A: When I […]

An Interview with Kunal Basu

Kunal Basu, in a session with Barun Chanda and Iftekhar Ahsan, spoke about the many faces of Kolkata. I caught up with him soon afterwards to ask some burning questions. Here’s what we discussed: In the course of the research for your book, “Kalkatta”, you saw a Kolkata within Kolkata that we don’t really see. How […]