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JUNE. 3. 2020 | 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM IST

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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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