Bigger and better, non-fiction festival is back in Mumbai

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 - 9:29am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

Asia’s largest non-fiction festival is back in Mumbai. To be inaugurated by Kiran Rao, Ajit Balakrishnan and Subroto Bagchi, it will be held from January 24 to 26 at Worli’s Nehru Centre.

The trio will begin the first session of panel discussion on the subject ‘India: Our Time is Now’ and touch upon various topics, such as youth, society, culture, entrepreneurship, and ambition.

The festival will also see other renowned speakers, across genres, such as sociologist Dipankar Gupta, spiritual guru Radhanath Swami, documentary filmmakers Pankaj Butalia and Anil Zankar, ultra runner Rajat Chauhan, leader Meera Sanyal, leadership and motivational speakers Priya Kumar, Sneha Mehta, and Deepak Chatterjee, corporate executive R Gopalakrishnan, and media honcho Uday Shankar.

The subject of discussions they will participate in will range from management, leadership, politics, economics, and sociology to health, fitness, media, cinema and food, including welfare, personal development, motivational and inspirational works.

One of the major attractions at the festival will be Get Booked — a platform where budding non-fiction authors talk directly about their work to prospective readers, publishers and literary agents and get their work published.

National Voters Day will be celebrated, along with panel discussions, exciting contests and book launch related to the subject. On January 26, Republic Day will be celebrated with a key panel discussion and contest. The festival will mark the launch of exciting books on political topics, such as The New Clash of Civilizations: How the Contest Between America, China, India and Islam will Shape Our Century by Minhaz Merchant, and Konjo: The Fighting Spirit by Sandeep Goyal.

Suraj Sriram’s Excuse Me, Can We Have Our Country Back? and Sanjay Kumar’s Indian Youth and Electoral Politics: An Emerging Engagement will be launched on National Voters Day.

Acting Smart: Your Ticket to Showbiz by Tisca Chopra, Rules of the Game by Sumit D Chowdhury and Magic Mantras: For Young Adults to Achieve Success in Life by Laxmi Dhaul are some of the other interesting books that will be launched on Republic Day.

Another exciting feature of the event will be the exhibition of cartoons and caricatures titled ‘The Politickle Pickle’ by editorial cartoonist Shreyas Navare.

Kumaar Bagrodia, founder, India Non-Fiction Festival, said, “After our successful inaugural edition in Mumbai last year, we are now very excited to present the initiatives and celebrations around Republic Day and National Voters Day, the various book launches and very interesting and important works of our speakers to our audiences.”

Those interested can register at and avail free entry to the festival. Given the limited seats, entry will be on first-come-first-serve basis.

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