marathi-literature-festival-creativeDivya Marathi, flagship Marathi publication of Dainik Bhaskar to hold a three day Marathi Literature Festival in Nashik, Maharashtra. The festival will be held at Kusumagraj Pratishtan between 11th and 13th November, and will have select authors, social engineeers and cartoonists from across the country.

The festival’s theme is ‘Independent Thinking’, in sync with the ethos of threcently launched ‘Swatantra Vichaar’ campaign by Divya Marathi. The literature festival aims at bringing together all independent thinking personalities on a single platform to share their opinion on diverse themes.

First day of the festival will set the tone with Independent Author awards followed by a Supper theatrical play “Massage” by Rakesh Bedi. Two authors who have exhibited independent thinking in their writing will be felicitated with Reader’s choice and Jury choice awards. Second and third day of the festival will witness a series of plenary sessions on different themes centred on Independent Thinking.

Ashwin-Sa-nghiMuch like the American best-selling author Dan Brown, the Indian writer Ashwin Sanghi doesn’t shy away from controversial topics – in fact, his thrillers depend on it.

His first, self-published English novel The Rozabal Line (2007) promoted the idea that Christ survived the crucifixion, while his upcoming book Sialkot Saga is steeped in the tumultuous 1947 partition of India and Pakistan.

The 46-year-old businessman-turned-author says the “tantalising possibility of an overlap between history and mythology provides an adrenalin rush”.

For a decade, Indian authors have been capturing readers’ mind space with reinterpretations of mythology. What keeps this genre ticking?: The Hindu

Krishna UdayasankarThere was a time when bookstores were filled with campus love stories set in IIT and IIM campuses. Chetan Bhagat’s Five Point Someone – What not to do at IIT (2004) spawned many campus capers until readers were fatigued by the genre and the stories had little recall value.