Gandhi, Gangster and Entertainment at Day 3 of India Non-Fiction Festival

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Imtiaz and Tisca.

MUMBAI- On the occasion of our republic day, Laxmi Dhaul, Sidharth Bhatia and Shruti Seth discussed the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi and his relevance in today’s world at India Non-Fiction Festival (INFF). The audience was rightly fascinated and inspired. The event also marked the launch of ‘Magic Mantras’ by Laxmi Dhaul, a book that in the words of Shruti Seth is a guiding light for young adults in particular and everyone else in general, towards a peaceful tomorrow.

‘Acting Smart your Ticket to Showbiz’ by Tisca Chopra, which talks about the world of Cinema was launched by Imtiaz Ali. The session was peppered with wit, humour and many interesting anecdotes.

Flavours, food and their cultural as well as emotional references were discussed in great taste by the renowned chef Vicky Ratnani, Kunal Vijayakar and Farzana Contractor. While Dr. Rajat Chauhan along with Charles Assisi motivated the audience to look for deeper meaning in life and a happiness that comes from within.

The session ‘Non Fiction hitting hard’ was exciting and controversial to say the least. The audiences sat on the edge of their seats as the lives of Dawood Ibrahim, Karim Lala and Bal Thackerray was discussed by the esteemed reporters Hussain Zaidi, Harish Nambiar and Vaibhav Purandare. Questions like “Does Sharad Pawar lead Dawood Ibrahim or vice versa?” to “Do crime reports get pressurized by the government?” from the audiences was an indication of the palpable stimulation and interest by one and all.

Keeping in tune with the action packed day, the evening ended with Raghu Ram talking about his personal life, the failure of our education system and our highly competitive culture in the session ‘Man, Roadie: Raghu Ram’ with Kumaar Bagrodia.  The day ended with Raghu Ram singing ‘Manmani’ on popular demand.

It was an interesting weekend indeed with sessions that made the audiences think about their past, present and surely the future.

– Siddharth Mohan

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