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Delhi Literature Festival is entering into the Seventh Edition in 2019, to be held at Dilli Haat, from 8th Feb till 10th Feb from 1:00 pm to 8: 00 pm. The Delhi Literature Festival (Registered) was started in the year 2013, with the objective of promoting good old habit of book reading and to promote tourism, by holding this Annual Event in the City.

The first edition of the Delhi Literature Festival was Inaugurated by the Delhi Chief Minister ShielaDikshit and witnessed participation of the Delhi Chief Ministers including ArvindKejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Union Ministers and SomnathBharti in the subsequent editions of the Festival.


The Delhi Literature Festival has witnessed active participation from popular Authors& Writers including Ashok Bajpai, Ashok Chakradhar, AnkitLal, AshwinSanghi, Anna Vetticad, AshishChaudhary, Blossom Kochhar, Christopher Doyle, DilipCherian,DilipPandey,Ira Trivedi, Rama Pandey, RakhshandaJalil, Ravinder Singh, MunawwarRana, MadhuTrehan, Omair Ahmad, Om Thanvi, MaryaShakil,Rasbihari Gaur, NilotpalMrinal, Divya Prakash Dubey, Kumar Vishwas, Praveen Kumar, , Ritu Nanda, SiddharthTripathi, SanilSachar, SurjitBhalla, William Dalrymple, TasleemaNasrin, SanjayaBaru, Shashi Tharoor, Mani Shankar Aiyar, T K Arun, VikasSwarup amongst others.

Prominent publishers includingAjay Mago – Om Books International, Swati Daftuer – Commissioning Editor HarperCollins, MileeAshwarya Editor-in-Chief Penguin Random House andSimranKhara, CEO Juggernaut have actively participated at the Delhi Literature Festival.

The Delhi Literature Festival in the past has received support from the Art, Culture & Language Department, Govt. of NCT of Delhi, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), the National Book Trust (NBT), Embassies, Cultural Centres and from the leading Publishers.

We are pleased to inform that Delhi Literature Festival 2019 is Officially Supported by Department of Art, Culture & Language, Govt. of NCT of Delhi, Hindi Academy and Sahitya Kala Parishad.

The organisers of the Festival have closely worked with all the leading book publishers including Aleph, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette, Pan Macmillan, Roli Books, Rupa, Speaking Tiger, Juggernaut and Westland amongst others.

The Seventh Edition of the Delhi Literature Festival in Febraury, 2019 plans to be bigger and more exciting with leading authors with best sellers including AmitLodha, NovoneelChakraborty, Ravinder Singh, MadhaviMenon, Ruskin Bond, PallaviKamakshiRebbapragada, Jonathan Gil Harris, Dr.ShashiTharoor, Prasoon Joshi, Manoj Muntashir, S Y Quraishi, RajdeepSardesai, VirSanghvi, PurushottamAgrawal, Dr. DimpleKaur, SidhharthaGigoo, SatyanandNirupam, MaitreyiPushpa, Gagan Gill, Anamika, Alpana Mishra, NamitaGokhale,MalashriLal,Dr.MridulaTandon, MoeinShadad, TarkashPradeep, Taruna Mishra, MeenakshiJijivisha, Irshad Khan Sikandar, Valay Singh, Victor KalyanGhosebeing lined up.

Oxford Bookstore remains the “Official Bookstore Partner” to the Festival, where all the confirmed authors’, books are available on sale.

Come February, Delhi will once again witness some of the most creative writers of our times, sharing their most interesting experiences and yes the Festival is open for all, so do join in celebrating Literature at the Delhi Literature Festival in February 2019.

JONATHAN GIL HARRIS

Born in New Zealand and educated in England, Jonathan Gil Harris lived in the US for twenty-three years before moving to India. Formerly associate editor of Shakespeare Quarterly and president of the Shakespeare Society of India, he is the author of many books, including Untimely Matter in the Time of Shakespeare, Shakespeare and Literary Theory and, most recently, the bestselling The First Firangis. He is also an avid follower of Hindi cinema; his articles on Bollywood and globalization have been published in the Hindustan Times. Harris now lives in Delhi, where he is Professor of English at Ashoka University.

In Masala Shakespeare, the author focuses on twelve Shakespeare plays—The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Othello, Hamlet, King Lear, The Tempest, Pericles and Titus Andronicus—that have acquired Indian lives independent of the familiar English texts of the plays. The plays are a diverse mixture whose Indian avatars—including films such as Angoor, 10ml Love, Ishaqzaade, GoliyonkiRasleela Ram-Leela, Gundamma Katha, Isi Life Mein, Dil Bole Hadippa!, Maqbool, Omkara, Haider, Arshinagar and The Last Lear and plays such as KamdevkaApnaBasant Ritu kaSapna, JangalmeinMangal, ChattanKathu, PiyaBehrupiya, ChahatkiDastaan and Hera-Phericles—are very different from each other. In their own ways, however, they all chafe against an oppressive power by refusing the current vogue for shuddhta (purity), and singularity, and instead celebrate the plural and mixed.


PURUSHOTTAM AGRAWAL

PurushottamAgrawal is a New Delhi based writer and literary historian. He works on Bhakti, spirituality without religion, and India’s organic early modernity which, he argues, was halted in its tracks by colonization. His work draws upon sources in Hindi, English, Sanskrit, Urdu, Braj, and Awadhi.His book on Kabir, AkathKahaniPrem Ki: KabirkiKavitaaurUnkaSamay (2009) is considered a contemporary classic and won the first RajkamalKritiSamman.

Padmavat: An Epic Love Story More than five hundred years after the Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi wrote his epic poem Padmavat, the story of Padmavati, princess of Simhal, and her lover and husband, Ratansen, the king of Chittor, continues to capture the imagination of readers everywhere. In Padmavat, we meet Padmavati’s friend, philosopher and guide—Hiraman—a parrot, as well as Nagmati—Ratansen’s first wife, and the brave Rajput warriors, Gora and Badal. This tale of two women and their husband who are tormented by AlauddinKhalji is a lyrical retelling of the story of Rajasthani bards, using idioms and metaphors from both the world of Islam and the Hindu Puranas.

RAJDEEP SARDESAI

One of the most respected voices in Indian journalism, RajdeepSardesai is an award-winning journalist and consulting editor with India Today television. He is the author of the bestselling books, 2014: The Election that Changed India and Democracy’s XI: The Great Indian Cricket Story.

Tracking India in the Modi Era. The rise of NarendraModi has heralded one of the most exciting and contentious periods in Indian politics. From the day he was sworn in as prime minister in May 2014, Mr Modi has dominated the news cycle, attracting admirers and critics in equal measure. Rahul Gandhi and the Opposition too have slowly begun to find their voice even as the country is conflicted between a billion aspirations and rising mutinies. Who will win the big battle for 2019 as the Indian Political League enters the final stretch? What defines the Modi persona? How will the deep divisions in society be bridged? What are the challenges ahead of a ‘new’ India? And what of the lingering credibility crisis confronting the Indian media?

VirSanghvi

VirSanghvi is an Indian print and television journalist, columnist, and talk show host. He has been a member of many professional, academic and government bodies including the National Integration Council. Currently, he is a member of the Broadcast Content Complaint Council (BCCC), a body that regulates content on entertainment TV channels

MANDATE: Will of the People .This is the first easy-to-read book about recent Indian political history. Pegged on the general elections that shaped today's India, Mandate: Will of the People tells the story of Indian politics in a gripping, pageturning style.VirSanghvi, the well-known journalist and TV anchor, draws on his personal experiences and memories as well as scores of interviews to piece together an incisive and candid account of what went on behind the scenes.

SIDDHARTHA GIGOO

Siddhartha Gigoo has earlier written The Garden of Solitude and A Fistful of Earth and Other Stories. The latter was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award 2015. Siddhartha also co-edited A Long Dream of Home: The Persecution, Exodus and Exile of Kashmiri Pandits. In 2015, he won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Asia) for his short story, The Umbrella Man. His two short films, The Last Day and Goodbye, Mayfly, have won various awards at international film festivals.

In Mehr, award-winning author Siddhartha Gigoo plumbs the depths of obsession in its many forms: love, patriotism, religion. Equal parts tragic and heroic, the novel explodes the boundaries between people and countries, finding peace amid the chaos of war, and love in the shards of desolation.

AmitLodha

AmitLodha is an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer presently holding the rank of inspector general (IG) of police. Over the course of his career, he has been a part of a number of successful operations, including the arrest of gangsters and rescue of kidnap victims. He has been awarded the prestigious President's Police Medal for Meritorious Service, the Police Medal for Gallantry and the Internal Security Medal for his work. Amit enjoys playing tennis and squash, and is an ardent fan of Kishore Kumar. He regularly writes for the Times of India blog.

Bihar Diaries narrates the thrilling account of how AmitLodha arrested SamantPratap, one of Bihar's most feared ganglords, notorious for extortion, kidnapping and the massacre of scores of people. The book follows the adrenaline-fuelled chase that took place across three states during Amit's tenure as superintendent of police of Shekhpura, a sleepy mofussil town in Bihar.

gb Ruskin Bond

Ruskin Bond's first novel, The Room on the Roof, written when he was seventeen, received the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. Since then he has written a number of novellas, essays, poems and children's books. He has also written over 500 short stories and articles that have appeared in magazines and anthologies. He received the SahityaAkademi Award in 1992, the Padma Shri in 1999 and the Padma Bhushan in 2014.

The Wind on Haunted Hill :A gritty, hair-raising story about friendship, courage and survival, this stunning edition will introduce another lot of young readers to the magic of Ruskin Bond's craft.

DR. SHASHI THAROOR

Dr.ShashiTharoor was a former Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and a former Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Minister of State for External Affairs in the Government of India. He is a two-time member of the LokSabha from Thiruvananthapuram and chairs Parliament’s External Affairs committee. He was honoured with the PravasiBharatiyaSamman, India’s highest award for overseas Indians, in 2004

The Paradoxical Prime Minister:The first section takes a close look at Modi’s life and times. The other four sections look at key aspects of the way in which Modi’s government functions and the lasting and often deleterious impact it has had on Indian society, major institutions, the economy, foreign policy and our fundamental values. Using years of close observation, personal encounters with Modi, considerable scholarship, a deep understanding of Indian politics and an insider’s view of the way in which government functions. ShashiTharoor has stitched together a compelling portrait of this paradoxical figure. Never before has there been such a superbly written and devastatingly accurate account of the most controversial prime minister India has ever had.

NovoneelChakraborty

NovoneelChakraborty is the bestselling author of ten romantic thriller novels and one short story collection, Cheaters. The Forever series was listed among Times of India's most stunning books of 2017; it was also featured among Amazon's memorable books the same year. The two books remained on the bestseller list for ten weeks straight and Forever Is a Lie was one of the highest selling books of 2017 on Flipkart.

Red Suits You is a short psychological thriller by NovoneelChakraborty that promises to keep you pinned to the edge of your seat.A year after the horrifying death of his fiancé Kashika, KanavRaghuwanshi finds himself in therapy struggling to move on. Anahita, his therapist cum confidante, tries her best to help him, but when Kanav starts to see unmistakable signs of Kashika’s reappearance all over the city, coupled with an unoccupied neighbouring flat that is the source of all things mysterious, Kanav enters a battle between his imagination and reality.

Ravinder Singh

Ravinder Singh is the bestselling author I Too Had a Love Story,Can Love Happen Twice? Like It Happened Yesterday and Your Dreams are Mine Now.After spending most of his life in Burla, a very small town in Odisha, he is currently based in New Delhi. He did his MBA from Indian School of Business. His eight year long IT started with Infosys and came to happy ending at Microsoft where he worked as a senior programme manager. He has also started a publishing venture called Black Ink to publish debut author.He loves playing snooker and is crazy about Punjabi Music.

Will You Still Love Me?is deeply moving, disturbingly close to reality, and love at its worst and its best.There is more to love than just loving . . . It is also a promise Lavanya Gogoi is from the scenic hills of Shillong while RajveerSaini belongs to the shahi city of Patiala. Worlds apart from one another, the two land up next to each other on a flight from Mumbai to Chandigarh. It's love at first flight, at least for one of them. For the other . . . well, it's going to take more than a plane ride! And when love does finally happen, there are more obstacles to overcome

Prasoon Joshi

Prasoon Joshi is an Indian lyricist, screenwriter, poet and marketer. He is the CEO of McCann World group India and Chairman, a subsidiary of the global marketing firm McCann Erickson. He has been appointed as the Chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification on 11 August 2017.

Thinking Aloud: Reflections of Emerging India, Enter into the labyrinths of the mind of adman and lyricist Prasoon Joshi, as he takes you on a roller-coaster ride through cultural fields, creative mountains, cinematic valleys and tunnels of ideas. Joshi’s musings, in the form of a collection of columns, are divided into four sections, each exploring a specific Theme, and all of them tied together by a common thread. 

MadhaviMenon

MadhaviMenon works at the intersection of identity, desire, politics, and literature. She is the author of Wanton Words: Rhetoric and Sexuality in English Renaissance Drama (Toronto 2004), Unhistorical Shakespeare: Queer Theory in Shakespearean Literature and Film (Palgrave 2008), and Indifference to Difference: On Queer Universalism (Minnesota, 2015). She is also the editor of Shakesqueer: A Queer Companion to The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Duke 2010), which put queer theory in conversation with every one of Shakespeare's poems and plays. Named a 'monumental' book by CHOICE magazine, Shakesqueer is already in its second print run.

The History of Desire in India,’ writes MadhaviMenon in this splendid book, ‘reveals not purity but impurity as a way of life. Not one answer, but many. Not a single history, but multiple tales cutting across laws and boundaries.’ In Bhakti poetry, Radha and Krishna disregard marital fidelity, age, time and gender for erotic love. In Sufi dargahs, pirs (spiritual guides) who were married to women are buried alongside their male disciples, as lovers are.

S.Y. Quraishi

S.Y. QURAISHI joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1971 and rose to become the seventeenth chief election commissioner of India. He was featured in the Indian Express' list of 100 Most Powerful Indians of 2011 and 2012. He introduced a number of electoral reforms, such as the creation of a voter education division, expenditure monitoring division, the India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management, and launched the National Voters Day. In October 2017, he was appointed the ambassador of democracy by International IDEA (Institute of Democracy and Electoral Assistance), Stockholm, of which he is a board member. He is the author of An Undocumented Wonder: The Making of the Great Indian Election.

The Great march of Democracy:The essays in this book cover a range of subjects, from the evolution of the Election Commission, the exciting story of the first electoral roll, election laws, the deepening of democratic institutions over the decades to the participation revolution ushered in by the Election Commission's untiring and targeted efforts at voter education.

MaitreyiPushpa

MaitreyiPushpa is a Hindi fiction writer. An eminent writer in Hindi, MaitreyiPushpa has ten novels and seven short story collections to her credit. She also writes prolifically for newspapers on current issues concerning women, and adopts a questioning, daring and challenging stance in her writings. She, as a writer is best known for her Chak, Alma Kabutari, Jhoola Nat and an autobiographical novel KasturiKundal Base

Alpana Mishra

AlpanaMishra is an Associate Professor at the Hindi Department of Delhi University. She is the author of several novels, short stories and critical essays. Her short stories have been translated into Punjabi, Bangla, Malayalam, English, Japanese and Russian, amongst other languages, and feature as part of the syllabus at universities in Kerala and Uttar Pradesh. Mishra was awarded the 2014 Premchand Katha SmritiSamman and the 2008 Shakti Samman.

Gagan Gill

Gagan Gill had an extremely successful career as a journalist but chose to sacrifice the journalist for the poet in her in order to secure the 'long periods of silence in her everyday life' which she considered necessary to remain 'truly connected to words'.

Gagan has published four collections of poetry and one volume of prose. One can write a lengthy list of Gagan's achievements: the languages into which her books have been translated the prestigious literary prizes she has been awarded. She writes about pain without any sentimentality or gushiness. Her poems are understated deceptively simple occasionally prosaic full of repetitions and yet extremely carefully crafted. She combines stark images with rare expressiveness: expressiveness composed of silences gaps absences disruptions of pulsional pressure which goes beyond language.

NamitaGokhale 

NamitaGokhale is an Indian writer, publisher and festival director. She is the author of sixteen books including nine works of fiction.NamitaGokhale was conferred the Centenary National Award for Literature by the AsamSahityaSabha in Guwahati in 2017 "for her literary contributions as well as her service to the nation in supporting and showcasing literary talents and creating a literary environment in the country"

Finding Radha :NamitaGokhale and MalashriLal, present an anthology on the mysterious Radha, the epitome of love, who defies all conventional codes yet transcends social prohibitions through the power of the spiritual and the sensual, the sacred and the erotic. Finding Radha is the first of its kind: a collection of poetry, prose and translation that enter the historical as well as the artistic dimensions of the eternal romance of Radha and Krishna.

Dr.MridulaTandon

Dr.MridulaTandon, medical doctor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, founder member and President of SAKSHI, a not-for profit registered organisation, and The Legacy Project, is widely recognized for her social work and expertise in Education, Poverty Alleviation, Women’s Empowerment, and Revival Of India’s Cultural Heritage. She is an acknowledged and respected name in Women’s empowerment issues and an Expert speaker on various intellectual fora, Television, Radio and Print Media.

VALAY SINGH

Valay Singh is an independent journalist based in Delhi. He began his career with NDTV 24x7 as a researcher and editor.He has been widely published in newspapers and magazines like the Economic Times, HimalSouthasian, The Wire, DailyO, and Outlook. Ayodhya is his first book.

His recent book Ayodhya: City of Faith, City of Discord is the first comprehensive biography of a sleepy city in northern India. In the first section of the book, the author tells the complex story of a city holy to many faiths—Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Jainism. Through a comparative analysis of the various versions of the Ramayana in which it features, Valay Singh goes back almost 3,300 years in time to when Ayodhya is first mentioned. He then traces its history showing its transformation from being an insignificant outpost to a place sought out by kings, fakirs, renouncers and reformers.

The second section seeks to bring together the disparate events and developments after India’s Independence in 1947 that were responsible for launching Ayodhya to centre stage in Indian politics and the political imagination.

PallaviKamakshiRebbapragada

PallaviKamakshiRebbapragadagrew up in government colonies in Delhi and studied sociology from the Delhi School of Economics. Less than a month after graduating, she started writing for the India Today group’s lifestyle supplements at their office in Connaught Place.Some of her recent work took her to the homes of Syrian refugees struggling for legal identification in the capital, to monuments embedded in Delhi’s urban squalor, ignored even by those who live around them. From exposing Delhi’s drug de-addiction problem to doing undercover operations in state-run old age homes and mortuaries, just trying to do her bit for the country.

Upon A Bright Red Bench :In this story of stories, there are bankers, artists, engineers, journalists,dreamers and doers, who roam the world in search of attention and approval. When their ordinary lives bring them to a bench, they find life-altering realisations. There is a journey inwards into the present, the bright red present―how often do you take it?

Manoj Muntashir

Manoj Muntashir, the popular lyricist in the Bollywood music space is not a new-found name. Having been in the industry for more than a decade now, his ride primarily started postGalliyan from the romantic-action film Ek Villain in 2014. Although before that, he had been part of a couple of films, but in his words, ‘the presence was not felt.’ He won the IIFA Awards, Radio Mirchi Music Awards, The Indian Icon Film Awards, and many more for Galliyan in 2015.Music Plus met the man of poetry for a candid chat to know how he made his presence felt in the commercial cinema space, what he focuses on before writing lyrics, his preferred music genre/lyrics and so on.

Victor Ghoshe

A BBC Adviser, an international communication professional and a musician, Ghoshe is an Amazon bestselling author and a seasoned Life-coach.Apart from his 3 Bengali bestsellers, ‘The Job Charnock Riddle’ was his first bestselling historical thriller in English. His magnum opus - TOMB of GOD is going to be launched in 2019. Ghoshe has developed communication strategies for over 6 countries. And been raising funds for international NGOs with his Urban Folk Music since 2009.Ghoshe lives in New Delhi with his wife, Juthika, and two sons Shivank and Hrishant.

Dr. Dimple Kaur

Dr. Dimple Kaur is a performing Indian Classical dancer practicing Bharatanatyam, Vilasini Natyam, Chhau and Kuchipudi dance forms. She has also performed in theatre as well as movies .Post her doctorate and practice in psychotherapy and her research in Natya Shastra for over last 15 years,she has created a new pedagogy “ Applied Natya Therapy” which integrates arts and science together . Applied Natya therapy brings about the deeper healing aspects of Natya Shastra .

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