Stars are but Worlds Aflame

The final day of Spring Fever was a star-studded one with Twinkle Khanna doing a reading out of her block-buster book, Mrs Funnybones, published by Penguin Random House last August. Twinkle Khanna is a Bollywood actor and popular columnist and is a regular contributor to The Times of India and DNA After Hrs wherein she talks about the taboos in society. “I am a Feminist.” — Twinkle Khanna I am a feminist, she said. Feminism is the want to have equal opportunities for women in all aspects. What is holding us back are fairy tales, she pointed out – the needless…

Chiseling Men and Women Out of Myths

In Incarnations, Sunil Khilnani chisel men and women out of myths, repaints them in their true colors, and explains how these flawed, and rebellious individuals in possession of but a few gifts changed the course of history. Sunil Khilnani, currently Avantha Professor and Director of India Institute, Kings College London, is the author of the acclaimed and influential work – The Idea of India; and most recently of Incarnations: India in 50 Lives published by Penguin Books India in February 2016. March 16th, 2016 For the second day of Spring Fever – Delhi’s oldest literary and cultural festival hosted by…

Penguin Annual Lecture 2015

Penguin Random House hosted its ninth Penguin Annual Lecture at Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre on 14th December, 2015. The Penguin Annual Lecture series features some of the world’s most respected leaders, thinkers and writers, and builds on Penguin India’s commitment to bring the finest minds in the world in direct contact with Indian audiences. Over the years it has established itself as one of the most prestigious events on the literary calendar. Ruskin Bond delivered the lecture on The Joy of Writing.   On delivering the Penguin Annual Lecture for 2015, Ruskin Bond said: I have had a long…

Frodo, Be Merry!

My mother once told me trauma is like Lord of the Rings. You go through this crazy, life-altering thing that almost kills you (like, say, having to drop the one ring into Mount Doom), and that thing by definition cannot possibly be understood by someone who hasn’t gone through it. They can sympathize, sure, but they’ll never really know, and more than likely they’ll expect you to move on from the thing fairly quickly. But that’s not how it works. Some lucky people are like Sam. They can go straight home, get married, have a whole bunch of curly headed…

Interview with Jessie Hillel

Originally posted on Milk and Two Sugars:
Jessie Hillel Interview (This article was published in FWD Life Magazine, Kochi in their April edition) They say one has to be at Nashville to break into the music scene. They also say that one has to have, besides musical lineage, golden locks of hair falling down to the shoulder and a hamster for pet etc. Jessie Hillel was 8188 miles away on a tiny little island and was three years old when, unbeknownst to any, the muses took her. If it wasn’t for the Jim Reeves CD that was playing for the…

KITCHEN: Proving Ground for the Modern Man

‘Men cook to show off for an admiring crowd or simply for the pleasure of it. Women cook because they are expected to and because people around them have to eat.’ Men have been wandering into the kitchen with a sense of distinct purpose lately and not just to make tea and prepare bowls of cereals. What once used to be a dominant feminine area, with technology and gadgetry marketed to simplify and ease the drudgery of cooking, is now a masculine proving ground with all manner of gear, gadgets and hardware. Cooking shows, which also used to be dominated…