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Friday, 3rd July, 2020

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03 Jul 2020 | 7:00 PM IST

Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights

Toby Walsh in conversation with Jaspreet Bindra

Are we sleepwalking into the AI future ? Professor of Artificial Intelligence.... Toby Walsh examines the impact of AI on the uncertain present and fast-evolving future, where AI applications are embedded in every aspect of human life, and discusses the need for strategic thinking to protect and promote human rights in the context of new technologies. In this fascinating conversation with the author of Tech Whisperer, Jaspreet Bindra, he speaks of these crucial choices and interventions to ensure that the human race remains in control of its narrative.

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03 Jul 2020 | 8:30 PM IST

Women and Work

Lakshmi Puri and Pragya Tiwari in conversation

Indian women’s participation in the workplace is decreasing, with the pandemic creating.... further fault-lines. A rebalance in the workforce could help kickstart economic growth and also pay social dividends. Lakshmi Puri and Pragya Tiwari discuss the evolution of the concepts of women’s work and women at work , under-representation of women in formal workforce and devaluation of their work, flagging the causes and consequences of the roadblocks they face as well as the way forward to correct these imbalances.

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04 Jul 2020 | 7:00 PM IST

THE ABSENCE OF JUSTICE

John Ralston Saul in conversation

The asymmetrical power structures across cultures and continents have only been further.... reinforced in the times of the pandemic, as individual and societal conflicts deepen by the day. Here political philosopher and public intellectual John Ralston Saul speaks of the need to address these imbalances, through dialogue and negotiation, reconciliation and restitution.

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04 Jul 2020 | 8:30 PM IST

AK Ramanujan: A Poet's Diary

Krishna Ramanujan and Guillermo Rodríguez in conversation

The legendary poet, folklorist, translator and scholar AK Ramanujan left an indelible.... mark on the understanding and appreciation of Indian literature around the world. After his premature death in 1993, Ramanujan’s personal journals, diaries and notes, referred to as the ‘AKR Papers’, remained with the University of Chicago until his son Krishna Ramanujan and Guillermo Rodriguez edited them. Published as Journeys: A Poet’s Diary, they take us to the heart of the poet scholar’s vision and work. Krishna Ramanujan is a science writer at Cornell University. Rodriguez is the Founding Director of Casa de la India and the author of When Mirrors are Windows: A View of A.K. Ramanujan’s Poetics. Together , they bring Ramanujan’s luminous aesthetics to life.

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01 Jul 2020

Vikram Chandra: The Sacred and the Profane

Vikram Chandra in conversation with Devapriya Roy

Award-winning and bestselling author, software developer, distinguished academic, Vikram Chandra takes us... through his many lives as he discusses his many obsessions – writing, coding, literature, digital narratives, Sanskrit texts and so much more, with Devapriya Roy.

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01 Jul 2020

The Sari:

Mukulika Banerjee and Malika Verma in conversation, introduced by Rta Kapur Chishti

A session that explores the beauty, adaptability and fluidity of India’s most... iconic garment. Writer and anthropologist Mukulika Banerjee has co-authored The Sari. Malika Verma has spearheaded The Sari : An Anthropology of Drape. Together, they speak of their relationship and connection with the sari and it’s timeless history. Introduced by Rta Kapur Chishti.

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27 Jun 2020

Nepal: Unleashing the Vajra

Sujeev Shakya and Navtej Sarna in conversation

Nepal and India are bound together by ties of history and common... cultural heritage. A timely session with author and thought leader Sujeev Shakya and writer and diplomat Navtej Sarna on the economic and geopolitical realities of the region, and the need and impetus to reinforce the ties of friendship in these fraught times.

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27 Jun 2020

How Can the Sacred be Sensuous?

Vidya Dehejia in conversation with William Dalrymple

In the art of the Islam and Christianity, the sensuous is often... seen to be opposed to the sacred but this is certainly not the case in Hindu art. Vidya Dehejia, one of India’s most engaging and distinguished art historians, who has written extensively on the body, love and sensuality in Indian art addresses the issue, in conversation with William Dalrymple

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26 Jun 2020

A Burning: Writing and Resistance

Megha Majumdar in conversation with Manasi Subramaniam

Megha Majumdar’s dazzling debut novel A Burning examines the aspirations, heartbreaks and... tragedies of three tangled lives in present day Kolkata. She speaks with editor Manasi Subramaniam about her new book, literary fiction and the craft of writing.

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26 Jun 2020

Chinese Whispers

Gautam Bambawale and Suhasini Haidar in conversation

Former Indian ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale and National Editor and Diplomatic... Affairs Editor of the Hindu Suhasini Haidar speak of India China equations in terms of history and geopolitics and examine the changing posture and calibrated aggression of the Chinese Dream

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24 Jun 2020

Shobhaa De: Lockdown Liaisons:

Shobhaa De in conversation with Anandita De

Catch writer Shobhaa De in an intimate interaction with her daughter Anandita... De. The heart-warming, no-holds-barred conversation has them discuss her new e-book, Lockdown Liaisons, and share their takes on the charged emotional and social realities of the pandemic.

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24 Jun 2020

ANUBHAV SINHA: ARTICLE 15

Anubhav Sinha in conversation with Vani Tripathi Tikoo

Anubhav Sinha talks to Vani Tripathi Tikoo of the idiom, metaphor and... language of film. A heart to heart conversation on his cinematic career, his convictions and the future of the cinematic image.

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20 Jun 2020

Good Omens:

Neil Gaiman in conversation with Nilanjana S. Roy

Neil Gaiman is the English author of short fiction, novels, comic books,... graphic novels, -, audio theatre, and films. He is also one of the most beloved and popular writers in India. Here, he talks to Nilanjana S. Roy about his life and work, and how he is surviving under lockdown.

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20 Jun 2020

THE LEXICON OF LOVE

Ruth Vanita and Sandip Roy in conversation

Ruth Vanita has done groundbreaking work on gender, sexuality and women’s rights.... She speaks to writer journalist Sandip Roy, author of Don’t Let Him Know about her evocative new novel Memory of Light on same sex love in the last century. Together, they discuss the impact of LGBT literature, and the narratives it flags, on their own writing and sensibility.

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19 Jun 2020

The Ramcharitmanas

Pavan K. Varma and Shashi Tharoor in conversation

An important session that examines the deep philosophy and continuing relevance of... the Ramcharitmanas, written by Goswami Tulsidas in Awadhi in the 16th century. Diplomat, author and ex MP Pavan K. Varma discusses his new book on the subject with politician and writer Shashi Tharoor as they follow the pathbreaking text and its deep impact on Indian culture and society.

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19 Jun 2020

Monsoon Ragas: The Music of the Rains

Katherine Schofield and Vidya Shah in conversation

Every season is celebrated in India through its poetry, music and art.... As the rainclouds spread their shadows, acclaimed music historian Dr. Katherine Schofield and accomplished vocalist and writer Vidya Shah speak of the power and splendour of the monsoon ragas and the stories and emotions behind them.

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17 Jun 2020

The Seed of Compassion:

His Holiness the Dalai Lama in conversation with Pico Iyer

Lessons from the life and teachings of the 14th Dalai Lama, where... he shares his profound wisdom with JLF Brave New World. In conversation with Pico Iyer, His Holiness speaks of finding love and peace in our confused, divided and chaotic world, and of the universal value of compassion in these troubled times.

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17 Jun 2020

Niall Ferguson and Maya Jasanoff: Lessons from History

Niall Ferguson and Maya Jasanoff in conversation

Award-winning economic historian Niall Ferguson, who is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow... at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior faculty fellow of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard, is one of the world's most admired, prolific and controversial historians. Ferguson's detailed study of economic data on the pandemic tracks the path and predicts the future of today's world crisis. Maya Jasanoff is the Coolidge Professor of History at Harvard University and author of three books that have won her the Duff Cooper Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the George Washington Book Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Windham–Campbell Literature Prize and the Cundill History Prize. Her teaching and research extend from the history of the British Empire to global history and examine the dynamics of modern globalisation. In a riveting conversation, Ferguson and Jasanoff delve into the history of pandemics and share their perspectives on one of the most pressing questions of our time.

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16 Jun 2020

Celebrating Bloomsday:

Paul Muldoon and Colm Toibin in conversation with Jeet Thayil

"Brave New World marks Bloomsday, 16 June, with a special session celebrating... James Joyce’s great modernist masterpiece, Ulysses. Two of the greatest living Irish writers discuss the influence of Joyce and Irish literature with Booker shortlisted poet and novelist, Jeet Thayil. The great Irish poet, Paul Muldoon, has previously adapted The Dead as an immersive play with his wife, Jean Hanff Korelitz. Colm Tóibín, arguably Ireland’s greatest living novelist, recently wrote Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know about the fathers of Yeats, Joyce and Wilde, and their influence on Ireland’s most famous writers. Together, the three writers look at the influence of Joyce and why Ulysses still matters today. "

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14 Jun 2020

Present Tense: From the Battlefront

Ambarish Satwik and Arunava Sinha in conversation

Even as the medical establishment battles the virus, there are rifts and... contradictions within. Vascular surgeon and writer Ambarish Satwik speaks with literary translator Arunava Sinha about the terrors of the pandemic across the perspectives of history and literature as well as in the present tense

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14 Jun 2020

War and Peace:

Izzeldin Abuelaish in conversation with Marie Brenner

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish is a Palestinian-Canadian physician and an internationally recognised humanitarian,... human rights and inspirational peace activist. He has dedicated his life to using health as a vehicle for peace, and, despite all odds, succeeded, aided by a great determination of spirit, strong faith, and a stalwart belief in hope and family. Dr. Abuelaish’ s book, I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity, an autobiography of his loss and transformation, has achieved worldwide critical acclaim. Published in 2010, currently in 24 different languages, and inspired by the loss of his three daughters – Bessan, Mayar, and Aya – and their cousin Noor to Israeli shelling on 16 January, 2009, the book has become an international and national bestseller. It has also become a testament to his commitment to forgiveness as the solution to conflict and the catalyst towards peace. In a moving and inspirational conversation with writer and journalist Marie Brenner, Abuelaish takes us through a saga of hatred and love, loss and forgiveness, despair and hope.

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13 Jun 2020

The Great March:

Barkha Dutt in conversation with Pragya Tiwari

As millions of Indian citizens trudge home, braving every vicissitude with courage... and fortitude, Barkha Dutt examines her heartbreaking journey and the societal lapses that set the stage for this tragic march. In conversation with Pragya Tiwari

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13 Jun 2020

The End of the Ocean:

Maja Lunde in conversation with Catharine Morris

Maja Lunde’s latest cli-fi novel, The End of the Ocean, explores the... threat of a devastating worldwide drought, witnessed through the lives of a father, a daughter and a woman who will risk her life to save the future. The bestselling Norwegian author speaks to Catharine Morris about the climate crisis and how she mirrors nature and its disruptions in her fiction.

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10 Jun 2020

The Governance of the Unprepared:

Homi Bhabha in conversation with Sanjoy Roy

At a time of a global pandemic and a century which has... seen turmoil and progress in equal measure, the one feature that stands out is how unprepared the human race is for both man-made and natural calamities. Scholar and critical theorist Homi K. Bhabha speaks to Sanjoy K. Roy about this pandemic of being unprepared and dwells on the future as well as the importance of the common good versus the self.

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10 Jun 2020

An Orchestra of Minorities:

Chigozie Obioma in conversation with Aruni Kashyap

Chigozie Obioma, the Nigerian writer described as ‘the heir to Chinua Achebe’,... is the author of The Fisherman and An Orchestra of Minorities, which was shortlisted for the Booker prize in 2019. Told from the perspective of the protagonist Chinonso’s 700 year old ‘chi’, or spirit in the Igbo tradition, the novel speaks of the mythologies as well as the realities of love. In conversation with writer and academic Aruni Kashyap, Obioma speaks of his books, telling us why he writes, and for whom.

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03 Jun 2020

The Shadow King:

Maaza Mengiste in conversation with Nandini Nair

Maaza Mengiste was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A Fulbright scholar and... professor at Queens College, she is the author of ‘Beneath the Lion's Gaze’ and a 2018 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Here, she talks to Nandini Nair about her new novel, ‘The Shadow King’. 

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03 Jun 2020

The Dance of Life

Roger Highfield and Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz in conversation

A compelling conversation on how a few tiny cells become the fantastically... complex whole that is a fully formed human. Roger Highfield, Science Director of the Science Museum Group and Magdalena Zernicka Goetz, Caltech and University of Cambridge developmental biologist, take us through a moving celebration of the balletic beauty of life's beginnings, as they discuss their co-authored and critically-acclaimed work, ‘The Dance of Life - Symmetry, Cells, and How We Become Human’.

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31 May 2020

Food, Memory and Culture

Asma Khan in conversation with Rakhshanda Jalil

Food is an intangible trigger of feelings and emotions. Celebrity chef and... restaurateur Asma Khan alongside writer and translator Rakhshanda Jalil speak movingly of the bonds of food and memory, friendship and community, across cultures and continents, and in the special places they call home.

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31 May 2020

The Economics of Covid

Zanny Minton Beddoes in conversation with Mihir S. Sharma

Zanny Minton Beddoes, editor-in-chief of The Economist, speaks to Senior Fellow at... the Observer Research Foundation, Mihir S. Sharma, on the current economic scenario and the fast-changing world around us. Join us for a session on how the world must find its feet on the ground in a post-COVID world.

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30 May 2020

ON CHAPEL SANDS: MY MOTHER AND OTHER MISSING PERSONS

Laura Cummings in conversation with William Dalrymple

Laura Cumming's book On Chapel Sands: My Mother and Other Missing Persons... was one of the big nonfiction hits of last year, and was shortlisted for a swathe of major prizes. Here, she discusses unearthing family secrets with fellow author Raghu Karnad.

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30 May 2020

THE FAR FIELD

Madhuri Vijay in conversation with Mita Kapur

Madhuri Vijay’s award winning debut novel charts a journey of discovery from... Bangalore to the distant and conflicted landscapes of Kashmir. In conversation with Mita Kapur she speaks of the craft of fiction and shares her inspirations and learnings while writing her first book.

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27 May 2020

SILENCE IN THE AGE OF NOISE:

Erling Kagge in conversation with Asne Seirstad

Erling Kagge is a multifaceted Norwegian explorer, entrepreneur, author, art collector and... publisher. He speaks with writer and journalist Åsne Seierstad about his travels and adventures, and the power of silence in an always-on world.

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27 May 2020

Dara Shukoh:

Supriya Gandhi in conversation with Ira Mukhoty

Dara Shukoh's tolerance towards other faiths and the myths and anecdotes surrounding... him, continue to fuel the popular imagination. Even today, over 350 years after his death, the debate rages on: if this 'good' Mughal had ascended the throne instead of his pugnacious younger brother, Aurangzeb, how would that have changed the course of Indian history? In conversation with Ira Mukhoty, Supriya Gandhi discusses the story of the two most loved Mughals and asks why is there such ambiguity about the Mughals in India today?

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24 May 2020

Ruskin Bond : Looking For The Rainbow:

Ruskin Bond in conversation with Namita Gokhale

India’s most beloved and prolific storyteller tells of his incredible journey. Ruskin... Bond, who has penned over a 100 books, joins Namita Gokhale in an inspirational session to share his vision of the joy, spontaneity and clarity he brings to his writing and his life

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24 May 2020

Poor Economics: The Human Toll :

Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo in conversation

Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo were awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize... for their work on poverty alleviation. They speak of the human toll of the pandemic in the world economy and the global south, and discuss measures and strategies to fight back the catastrophe, including the concept of a universal ultra basic income.

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23 May 2020

From Eat, Pray, Love to City of Girls:

Elizabeth Gilbert in conversation with Avni Doshi

Elizabeth Gilbert is the No.1 New York Times bestselling author of the... global hit Eat, Pray, Love as well as the short story collection Pilgrims, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and winner of the 1999 John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares. A Pushcart Prize winner and National Magazine Award-nominated journalist, she works as writer-at-large for GQ. Her journalism has been published in Harper's Bazaar, Spin and The New York Times Magazine, and her stories have appeared in Esquire, Story and the Paris Review. Here, she talks about her life in writing with Avni Doshi.

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23 May 2020

Elif Shafak: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World:

Elif Shafak in conversation with Janice Pariat

Elif Shafak is an award-winning novelist and the most widely read female... writer in Turkey. She is also a women's rights activist and an inspirational public intellectual and speaker. Her most recent book was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Here, she talks to Janice Pariat about her life and work

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20 May 2020

Writing Under Lockdown:

Tahmima Anam in conversation with Sandip Roy

Tahmima Anam is the award-winning writer of the trilogy A Golden Age,... The Good Muslim and The Bones of Grace. Together with writer and journalist Sandip Roy, she takes us on a journey of her writing process under lockdown and dwells on the importance of the written word in such perilous times.

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20 May 2020

On Friendship: Gloria Steinem and Ruchira Gupta:

Gloria Stienem in conversation with Ruchira Gupta

Friendship is a country. Separated by continents, 30 years apart in age,... different in birth cultures and languages, Gloria and Ruchira will talk about how and why their lives are interwoven in an adventure of friendship.

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17 May 2020

On Susan Sontag:

Benjamin Moser in conversation with Chiki Sarkar

Susan Sontag was one of America’s great literary stars. Her brilliant mind,... political activism and striking image made her an emblem of the seductions and the dangers of the 20th-century world. Her writing on art and politics, feminism and homosexuality, celebrity and style, medicine and drugs, Fascism and Freudianism, Communism and Americanism, reflected the conflicted meanings of a most conflicted word: modernity. Pulitzer Prize winner Benjamin Moser tells the Sontag story in conversation with Chiki Sarkar.

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17 May 2020

The Sun and Her Flowers:

Rupi Kaur in conversation with Supriya Dravid

Canadian poet, illustrator and author Rupi Kaur touches a visceral chord in... audiences around the world. Here, she reads from her verses and shares thoughts on her poetry, her process and how she has channelled her creativity in the times of Covid-19 to connect with her audiences through ‘freewriting’, with editor-in-chief of ELLE and author of A Cool, Dark Place, Supriya Dravid.

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16 May 2020

How Indian Mathematics transformed the world:

Jim Al-Khalili in conversation with William Dalrymple

Ancient Indian mathematics and astronomy were well ahead of their time as... Aryabhata and Brahmagupta pioneered the decimal and numeric system we use today. Here, theoretical physicist, author and broadcaster, Jim al- Khalili talks to William Dalrymple about their discoveries and how that reached the rest of the world via Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi in Abbasid Baghdad and Fibonacci in Renaissance Florence.

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16 May 2020

The Age of Anxiety :

Amrita Tripathi and Casey Schwartz in conversation

An important conversation about the uncertainty and anxiety that has become a... collateral of our times, and the power of focus and attention to shape our thoughts, as we sit with our screens in isolation, trying to stay sane. Casey Schwartz’s new book, Attention: A Love Story, is both a personal account and one that seeks inspiration from phenomenal writers such as Aldous Huxley, William James and Simone Weil. Amrita Tripathi has recently co-authored Real Stories of Dealing with Depression, which works towards de-stigmatising mental illness in India.

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13 May 2020

Crown of Thorns: Compassion in the times of Corona

Sharad Paul in conversation with Sanjoy Roy

A crucial conversation on the need for clear-eyed thinking and compassionate leadership... with New Zealand-based writer, surgeon and physician Dr. Sharad Paul speaking to Sanjoy K. Roy about the medical and human dimensions of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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13 May 2020

Ottolenghi's Lockdown Kitchen:

Yotam Ottolenghi in conversation with Ravinder Bhogal

With his fabulous restaurants and bestselling Ottolenghi Cookbooks, Yotam Ottolenghi has established... himself as one of the most exciting talents in the world of cookery and food writing. Here, he talks to award-winning food writer and chef Ravinder Bhogal about his life and work and what we should be cooking to keep sane during lockdown.

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10 May 2020

ORHAN PAMUK: THE MUSEUM OF INNOCENCE

Orhan Pamuk and Chandrahas Choudhury in conversation

Orhan Pamuk is the author of many celebrated books, including The White... Castle, Istanbul and Snow. In 2003, he won the International IMPAC Award for My Name is Red and in 2006 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Here he talks to Chandrahas Choudhury about his life and work.

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10 May 2020

THE CONSOLATION OF THE PAST, THE PROMISE OF THE FUTURE

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Amit Majmudar in conversation

Two prominent Indian American authors speak of their writing, and the inspirations... they draw from myth and memory to understand and articulate the present and the future. A fascinating conversation with trailblazing novelist Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and multifaceted writer, poet and radiologist Amit Majmudar.

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09 May 2020

THE FUTURE HAS ARRIVED

Matrcus du Sautoy and Sanjoy K. Roy in conversation

The coronavirus crisis has accelerated the fusion between cyberspace and the real... world. Marcus du Sautoy gives us glimpses of what is to come in the future between technology, artificial intelligence and what we call reality.

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09 May 2020

YOURS, VIRALLY

Pranay Lal and Pratik Kanjilal in conversation

Yours, Virally Viruses are all around us, and as we have been... made rather dramatically aware, even within us. Join natural history writer Pranay Lal and journalist Pratik Kanjilal to understand the story from the virus's point of view, while exploring what lies ahead for both viruses and humans.

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06 May 2020

After Shocks : What Lies Ahead For The Post Pandemic World:

Parag Khanna in conversation with Suhasini Haider

A crucial session on the unpredictable scenario after the ‘peak virus’ stage... with Parag Khanna explaining global economic fragmentation, ‘red zone’ geographies and how regionalisation may be the new globalisation.

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06 May 2020

Erebus:

Michael Palin in conversation with William Dalrymple

In conversation with William Dalrymple, former Monty Python stalwart and beloved television... globe-trotter Michael Palin brings the fascinating story of HMS Erebus and its occupants to life, from its construction as a bomb vessel in 1826 through the flagship years of James Clark Ross’s Antarctic expedition and finally to Sir John Franklin’s quest for the holy grail of navigation—a route through the Northwest Passage, where the ship disappeared for more than 150 years to be rediscovered under the Arctic waters in 2014.

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03 May 2020

GOING VIRAL

Roger Highfield in conversation with Ajit Lalvani

Two eminent scientists examine the frontlines of the world’s battle with the... COVID-19 virus and share their perspectives on different dimensions of the pandemic. Roger Highfield, Science Director of the Science Museum Group, in conversation with Ajit Lalvani, Chair of Infectious Diseases at Imperial College London, who recently recovered from a serious case of coronavirus.

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03 May 2020

TM KRISHNA: SEBASTIAN & SONS

TM Krishna and Maya Mirchandani in conversation

The groundbreaking musician, writer and activist speaks with journalist Maya Mirchandani of... his latest book, where the metaphor of the ‘mridangam’ and its cultural history takes us on a journey across the structural inequalities of power and public performance. A deep discussion for our virtual times on society, tradition and art.

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02 May 2020

The Crown:

Peter Morgan in conversation with Ritesh Batra

Based on his award-winning play The Audience, Peter Morgan turned the life of... Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s to modern times into one of the most successful television shows of all time, winning Golden Globes and Emmys along with extraordinary global viewing figures. Here, he talks about how he wrote the jewel in the Netflix crown. 

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02 May 2020

KIRAN MAZUMDAR-SHAW ON COVID, HEALTHCARE AND THE LIFE SCIENCES

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw in conversation with Samanth Subramanian

An important and urgent conversation between Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Executive Chairperson, Biocon Limited,... and writer and journalist Samanth Subramanian on the challenges of the pandemic and India’s response to it. They discuss the way forward , and the opportunities the crisis throws up for India to emerge as a global hub for the life sciences

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29 Apr 2020

THE WET MARKETS : ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE, SPECIES EXTINCTION AND HUMAN HEALTH:

Vivek Menon and Grace Ge Gabriel in conversation

Dedicated wildlife conservationist Vivek Menon and intrepid animal welfare professional Grace Ge... Gabriel speak about live wildlife markets and the risks of zoonotic diseases and pathogens that they pose to humans while endangering several species of wildlife.  A crucial conversation on the clear and present danger of rampant illegal trade and sale of wildlife that has been highlighted by the COVID pandemic and its origins in China’s Wuhan wet markets.

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29 Apr 2020

Underland: A Deep Time Journey

Robert Macfarlane in conversation with William Dalrymple

In his first book, Mountains of the Mind, award-winning travel writer Robert Macfarlane wrote... about the fear and fascination generated in the human heart by height. In his latest masterpiece, Underland he explores the deepest depths of the Earth in conversation with William Dalrymple: “I have rarely felt as far from the human realm,” Macfarlane writes, “as when only 10 metres below it, held in the shining jaws of a limestone bedding plane first formed on the floor of a warm Cretaceous sea.” 

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26 Apr 2020

The Political Repercussions of the Pandemic:

Anne Applebaum in conversation with Mihir S. Sharma

Staff writer at The Atlantic and a senior fellow at Johns Hopkins... University, Anne Applebaum, who won the Pulitzer Prize for her history of the Gulag, talks to Senior Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, Mihir S. Sharma, about how around the globe the new wave of right wing ‘strongmen’ like Viktor Orban of Hungary have been using the coronavirus crisis to strengthen their hold on power.

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26 Apr 2020

AKBAR

Ira Mukhoty and Manu S. Pillai in conversation

Akbar was the most admired of all amongst the Mughals and one... of only two Indian rulers to be widely known as ‘The Great’. But before Ira Mukhoty’s ‘Akbar: The Great Mughal’, he had been without a modern biography. Here Mukhoty talks about her ground-breaking study with fellow historian Manu S. Pillai.

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25 Apr 2020

Shubha Mudgal : Of Words and Music:

Shubha Mudgal in conversation with Ira Pande

Acclaimed vocalist and writer Shubha Mudgal tells us of how she invokes... words and song to communicate the joy of Indian classical music. In conversation with writer and translator Ira Pande, she discusses the inter-connectedness of the arts and their crucial role in our disturbing times 

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25 Apr 2020

What Lucretius Taught Us About Pandemics

Stephen Greenblatt in conversation with Tom Holland

In his philosophical masterpiece “On the Nature of Things,” written around 50... B.C.E., Lucretius devoted particular attention to Pandemics. Here the Pulitzer prize-winning Professor of English at Harvard talks to writer, historian, and translator of Lucretius, Tom Holland, about what the Roman sage can tell us about disease and lockdowns. 

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22 Apr 2020

YOGA IN A TIME OF CRISIS:

James Mallinson in conversation with Yashaswini Chanda

Since the Corona pandemic paralyzed the world, social media has been full... of people spending lockdown doing yoga. In this session, SOAS Professor of Sanskrit and Yogic Mahant Sir James Mallinson tells Yashaswini Chandra about the history of yogic isolation and how yogis have used solitude and stillness to plumb their inner depths. He also reveals how very recently in it's long history yoga came to be seen to be a form of kalisthenic exercise and keep-fit.

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22 Apr 2020

Margaret Atwood: The Science of Storytelling:

Margaret Atwood in conversation with Megha Majumdar

One of the greatest writers of our times, Margaret Atwood, speaks of... the power of language, the science of storytelling, and the challenges of the present.  

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19 Apr 2020

LIFE UNDER LOCKDOWN

Alain de Botton in conversation with Anindita Ghose

Alain de Botton is a Swiss-British writer and philosopher whose Essays in... Love has sold more than two million copies. Here he talks about his life and work, and his thoughts on living under lockdown in conversation with Anindita Ghose.

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19 Apr 2020

Headlines and Deadlines: Tina Brown’s Vanity Fair Diaries

Tina Brown in conversation with Chiki Sarkar

Tina Brown talks of celebrity, sexism, and power, as well as her... own stellar work as a writer and journalist in conversation with Chiki Sarkar

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18 Apr 2020

Wall and Bridges:

Prayaag Akbar in conversation with Nandini Nair

A session on dystopian fiction and its disturbing emergence in reality where... Prayaag Akbar, author of Leila, which was adapted into a Netflix series, and Nandini Nair, share their views.

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18 Apr 2020

LIBRARY OF EXILE

Edmund de Waal in conversation with Aanchal Malhotra

Edmund de Waal, the acclaimed and multiple prize winning author of The... Hare With The Amber Eyes is also one of the leading lights of the contemporary art scene.  In conversation with Aanchal Malhotra he talks about his current project, the Library of Exile that he created as a 'space to sit and read and be'. It houses more than 2,000 books in translation, written by exiled authors. Unveiled to great acclaim during the Venice Biennale 2019, this porcelain-covered pavilion is intended as a place of contemplation and dialogue. 'It is about exile,' says de Waal, 'what it means to have to move to another country, to speak another language.' 

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15 Apr 2020

Peter Carey: A Life in Writing

Peter Carey in conversation with Chandrahas Choudhury

Peter Carey is one of only five writers to win the Booker... twice and is frequently named as Australia's next contender for the Nobel Prize. Here he talks about his life in writing  in conversation with Chandrahas Choudhury

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15 Apr 2020

The Art of Stillness:

Pico Iyer in conversation with Meru Gokhale

Essayist and novelist Pico Iyer speaks of movement and stillness, changelessness and... change, and the need to keep ourselves anchored in stillness in our changed world and environment.

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12 Apr 2020

FOOTPRINTS: TRACKING THE PLIGHT OF MIGRANT WORKERS

Chinmay Tumbe in conversation with Saba Naqvi

Chinmay Tumbe, author of India Moving: A History of Migration, and journalist... and author Saba Naqvi join us to track the plight of migrant communities following the national lockdown and discuss the disruptions to labour markets and livelihoods.

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12 Apr 2020

The Boundary

Jhumpa Lahiri in conversation with Chiki Sarkar

Jhumpa Lahiri, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and one of... the Indian diaspora's very greatest living writers, talks polylingual fiction and literature in a time of pandemics in conversation with publisher Chiki Sarkar.

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11 Apr 2020

Corona Chronicles: The Past, Present and Future of Pandemics

Siddhartha Mukherjee and Peter Frankopan in conversation

Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulizer winner and one of India's greatest medical minds, talks... to Oxford historian Peter Frankopan, who predicted the outbreak of a major pandemic six months before it happened

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11 Apr 2020

LOW

Jeet Thayil in conversation with Sampurna Chattarji

Jeet Thayil talks about his new novel Low, his forthcoming novel Names... of the Women, and submits to an Ask Me Anything live interaction with the audience

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08 Apr 2020

The New World Disorder: The COVID Pandemic and Beyond

Shashi Tharoor and Samir Saran in conversation

At a moment when the world faces unprecedented disruption and crisis, a... necessary conversation on the new realities that face us. Writer, politician and public intellectual Shashi Tharoor and President of the Observer Research Foundation Samir Saran, who have co-authored The New World Disorder and the India Imperative, share their views.

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08 Apr 2020

FREEDOM OF THOUGHT

Helena Kennedy and Bee Rowlatt in conversation

One of our foundational human rights, freedom of thought protects the individual... conscience of every human being. In conversation with writer and broadcaster Bee Rowlatt, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC explores the need to protect the forum internum - our private and mental space - from the incursions of digital technology.

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04 Apr 2020

THOSE DAYS, THESE DAYS

Abhinav Chandrachud and Pragya Tiwari in conversation

Author and advocate Abhinav Chandrachud and journalist Pragya Tiwari reflect on the... Bombay bubonic plague of 1896 and it's echoes and repercussions today. 

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04 Apr 2020

THE END OF HISTORY

Bruno Maçães in conversation with Sujeev Shakya

Former politician and author Bruno Maçães and writer and journalist Sujeev Shakya... speak of our transformed times and the lessons of Nepal, China and Europe. An important session on our past, present and future, and what the rebirth of these nations could mean for the world and global affairs.

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