History, Business & Politics on Day 1 of India Non-Fiction Festival at Mumbai

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kiran raoMUMBAI, JAN 24- The first literary festival of our beloved city started today and with a bang too! Intense discussions on politics, thought provoking ones on entrepreneurship and inspiring ones on the future of our country, demanded audience’s attention on Day 1 at the India Non-Fiction Festival (INFF), being held at the Nehru Center, Worli.

 

Kiran Rao, Subroto Bagchi and Ajit Balakrishnan inaugurated the India Non-Fiction Festival by lighting the lamp of knowledge.The esteemed panellists then had an engaging discussion about India and being Indian.

 

The book launch of ‘The New Clash of Civilizations: How the Contest between America, China, India and Islam will Shape Our Century’ by Minhaz Merchant, was accompanied by an enriching discussion on the history and politics, with Amish Tripathi, Sabira Merchant and Zeenat Shaukat.

 

The book launch of ‘Idlis, Orchid and Willpower,’ authored by Vithal Kamat was steamy and inspiring. Farzana Contractor and Kumar Ketkar who were present as panelists for the launch shared many anecdotes about their common friend Vithal Kamat giving the audience a taste of the man who has gumption by the galleons and confidence by tons.

 

The festival is also a chance for aspiring authors to sell their idea to publishers. In its session ‘Get Booked’ many talented want-to-be authors took the stage and delighted the publishers and the audiences alike with their book ideas and the way it germinated in their minds. Naresh Fernandes and Rana Dasgupta took us on a ride chronicling the good, the bad and the ugly of Mumbai and Delhi.

 

With ‘Konjo the Fighting spirit’ Sandeep Goyal told the impossible story of a man just before he turned forty decided to test fate.

 

India Non Fiction Festival will be held over a period of three days. So all of you who have a love for the written word do come.

 

Siddharth Mohan

 

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