Chandigarh Literature Festival | Writers Amish Tripathi, Shauna Singh Baldwin and poets share their experience

handigarh Literature Festival Amish Tripathi

Chandigarh: At the Lake Club, the venue of the Chandigarh literature festival, organised by the Chandigarh Literary Society, well-known writers shared their experience with the audience.

Author Amish Tripathi of the Shiva trilogy fame hadan engaging session on mythology with author Ashwin Sanghi. Strictly staying away from political commentary, Amish said as modern day India we were undergoing a process of ‘manthan’.“

The lifestyle is different in small towns and people there are more rooted to their culture because everyone lives as one big family. For me, home is the most comfortable place. I am a proud Indian and I’d want to be born as an Indian in my next life,” said the author who was born in Mumbai and grew up in a small town 30km away from Rourkela, Odisha.

Amish also spoke about elitist attitude of Indian literature world. “While critics praised me for my stories and philosophy, there were suggestions that I should work on my language and style. But I’ll stick to my style because that’s what I am,” he said.

Earlier, Commonwealth Writers’ Prize winner Indo-Canadian author Shauna Singh Baldwin, known for her books, ‘The Tiger Claw’, ‘What the Body Remembers’ and ‘Reluctant Rebellions’. Baldwin talked about ‘Making Positive Change’ and the need for change in today’s turbulent times.

In a later session, Baldwin spoke at length about ‘Reluctant Rebellions’, a collection of 15 speeches and essays written between 2001 and 2015.

Festival Director and Chandigarh Literary Society Chairperson Dr. Sumita Misra later brought poetry centre-stage, with poets Satish Gulati and Pankaj Rag, and Madhav Kaushik as the moderator of the session ‘Parvaaz’.