Ten-Second Takeaway

The Tata Lit Live is back with a boom with a three-day festival focusing on literature, books, and their interaction with other forms of culture.

Where Them Words At?

There will be sessions every hour, going up to even four sessions at one time at different venues. On Nov 17 and 18, NCPA will be the only venue, so you’ll have to head to South Mumbai. On Nov 19 and 20, you can visit both NCPA & Prithvi Theatre for different events, so Juhu-dwellers should be pleased as well.

The Early Bird…

You’re no novice to well-known sayings. We mean it, though. It’s best to come at least 45 minutes before each session that you wish you attend. There will be a registration desk at both venues – NCPA and Prithvi Café, and you have to get your session passes. The desk closes 30 minutes before each session. The sessions, however, are free, and on a simple first-come, first-serve logic.

What Should You Attend?

Photo source: Chatham House via Wikimedia Commons[CC BY 2.0][Generic] (L)/ Amitav Ghosh

Photo source: Chatham House via Wikimedia Commons[CC BY 2.0][Generic] (L) / Amitav Ghosh (R)

On Nov 17, the opening ceremony is a conversation between Shashi Tharoor and Amitav Ghosh, and it couldn’t be a more articulate affair if we tried. Vir Sanghvi would be talking later that day, as will Nicholas Shakespeare {a descendent of William Shakespeare}. Do watch the Roald Dahl play which explores the darker themes in Dahl’s short stories for adults, and a rather enticing debate on whether India and Pakistan could ever befriend each other.

Nov 18 will see interesting talks on writing erotica in India, whether an author ever knows the route the plot will take {by Amish}, an Indian retelling of Greek mythology by Devdutt Pattanaik, and Gulzar being awarded the Poet Laureate 2016 award. We hear he will recite Shakespeare’s poetry here too.

On Nov 19 & 20, the sessions will be split between NCPA Theatre and Prithvi Theatre, and we suggest you go test your true knowledge of books at the Literary Quiz, watch Anurag Kashyap perform Nassim Soleimanpour’s Red Rabbit White Rabbit, a theatrical play. Maybe you might like to see Indian through the lens of war, advertising, cricket, and take a workshop on writing dialogues for audio plays. Bant Singh, a soulful, evocative singer and agricultural man with a story will recite his ballad too.

Lastly, you don’t want to miss Amitav Ghosh receiving Tata Lit live Lifetime Achievement Award on Nov 20 beetween 6.30–7.30pm.

Take a close look at the full schedule here so that you don’t miss out on your favourite writers.


Don’t forget to carry a copy of your favourite author’s book, and lurk creepily near the Author’s Signing Stand, where they will sit for a bit after their session. And always remember never to back down even in the face of a vigil crowd. Keep your eye on the prize and a working pen in hand.

Increase Your TBR Pile

Photo source: Tata Lit Live

Photo source: Tata Lit Live

For the uninitiated, a TBR pile is a stack of books To-Be-Read, which only ever keeps on increasing in number and is oddly satisfying to own. Landmark is setting up stalls at the venues, and you can buy different books.

You will find books by speakers and Tata Literature Award shortlisted authors such as Swimmer Among The Stars By Kanishk Tharoor, Aravind Adiga’s new book, The Gene by Siddharta Mukherjee, and The Great Derangement by Amitav Ghosh, among others.

You can also swap your book with anyone else’s book {with their permission, obviously} between 18–20 Nov at NCPA between 11am–5pm so take home gems and put it in that empty spot in your book shelf. There will be over 1,000 books to choose from.

Anything Else?

Talking about books passionately can exhaust even the more experienced of us, so you can always refuel yourself with tea and a light snack at NCPA and at The Privthi Café. Don’t however, come with expectations of a full-blown lunch. It’s finally time to eat your words instead!

Featured photo source: Tata Lit Live