The Mumbai LitFest – a blogger’s insight

The Mumbai LitFest – a blogger’s insight
“Literature
offers us experiences for which we do not have to pay”
And when I am getting it free,
wouldn’t I be grabbing it with both hands! Yeah, that’s what I did, as I got the
invite to be part of the wonderful blogger meet organised by the Tata Literature Live 2015.
“When life gives you lemons, make
lemonade”, is the old proverbial phrase. For me, @yesteethatsme, writing is a
passion and it surely is what encourages optimism and the can-do attitude in me
in the face of adversity or misfortune, as this phrase suggests.
So this invite, or the proverbial
lemon, I grabbed with both hands, coz’ for me it was a melon; this meet being
partnered by Writersmelon, the
company connecting the virtual world with the mainstream publishing world and with
absolutely the same passion for writing that I have.
The locale was as exciting and
exotic as the event itself, the Café Zoe in Mathuradas Mills Compound at Lower
Parel, and the date was 20th of October, 2015.
Arriving on time as usual, but
expecting to be waiting for the event to start, as it usually happens in most
of the bloggers’ meets, I was in for a pleasant surprise, being greeted by none
other than the famous columnist and writer, Anil Dharker. Astonishments
galore it was, as the Founder and Director of the Mumbai LitFest promptly recognised
me having met before.
Exchanging pleasantries with the
other invitee bloggers, the event started with a tete-a-tete between the super
popular author Ravi
Subramanian
and Deepa
Gahlot
, Head – Programming (Theatre and Film) NCPA, talking about books,
freedom of speech and more.

The venue didn’t disappoint
either, with lots of fun, interaction and amazing food and mock-tails flowed as
fluently and lucidly as words flowed from the mouth of Anil Dharker, who was
coordinating the discussion and the conversation.

The Mumbai LitFest is an event that
celebrates global writing.

It has been just five years since its initiation,
and in such a short period, the Tata Litlive, the Mumbai LitFest has already
become an inherent and fundamental portion of the city’s cultural extract.
The Sixth Mumbai International
Literary Festival is to be held from Thursday 29th October 2015 to
Sunday, 1st November, 2015. Till last year confined to North Mumbai,
it has now spread its wings to cover two locations, National Centre for
Performing Arts, Nariman Point and the Prithvi Theatre, Juhu.
The Mumbai LitFest is not only intended
but surely ordained to bring together a heterogeneous and catholic fusion and
amalgam of over 120 eminent and distinguished writers and thinkers and
literature lovers from over 14 countries across the world.
The LitFest will witness outstanding
literary works being recognised and its winners being felicitated in the seven
literary awards in various categories. The awards would range from the life
time achievement, the first book, the book of the year (fiction and non-fiction)
and the business book of the year too. A notable addition this year is the poet
laureate citation, which has been instituted to honour that most transcendent
form of literature.
The LitFest will be house to an
invigorating line-up of debates and talks on each of the days, intermingled and
peppered with book readings and live dialogues and discussions with eminent
authors, writers and poets. The participants would also be able to witness
various performances in the form of plays, performance poetry, dances based on
stories and poetry as well as storytelling with music.
An amazing feature of the LitFest
would be the exciting workshops lined up during the entire course of the
festival. These workshops encourage participation by adults and children alike
with likes of a special Harry Potter workshop and one on writing for young
adults.
Another interesting feature of the
LitFest would be the Tata #LitliveMyStory contest, wherein stories from
unpublished writers will be shortlisted for the best ten entries and the
eminent jury will pick up three winners, based mostly on public votes. What
would be more appealing to these writers would be that their work would be
displayed live on the festival’s Facebook page and their website too.
The Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai
LitFest is surely going to be an event where literature lovers and litterateurs
alike would get their revitalising and stimulating flavour and taste of the incredible
art of writing.
For the entire schedule of the
event, you can log in here and to
know more about the participants, you can log in here.
You can also follow the Tata
Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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