With an extensive line-up of 139 speakers, this year’s festival is set to make waves in Indian literature scene: DNA

Reza Aslan
Reza Aslan

The extensive list of speakers at the festival this year includes a motley crew of award- winning writers and academics from across the globe. From Pulitzers to Man Bookers— the “somebodies” of the art and culture world, will all be there.

Renowned brands in literature and art who have confirmed their participation include writers Jhumpa Lahiri, Jerry Pinto, Amish Tripathi; actor Rupert Everett, actor and theatre personality Irrfan Khan, and sports personality Mar Kom to name a few.

HopeFactoryLavanya Sankaran’s aptly named first novel The Hope Factory is the latest in formulaic fiction from the Subcontinent, says Devika Bakshi in Open.

The point at which a novel set in India resorts to the descriptive crutch of spices is usually the point at which I begin sliding into a familiar despair. In Lavanya Sankaran’s The Hope Factory, that point arrives—amid a flurry of other clichés—rather early, in the outrageously unoriginal sentence: ‘The air was redolent with spices.’ As a result, the majority of my relationship with the novel has been one of resistance—my resistance to reading it. I couldn’t get through it.