Keep it real, India

A literary festival in Mumbai puts the spotlight on non fiction books

Published: 22nd June 2013 12:33 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd June 2013 12:33 PM   |  A+A-

India Non Fiction Festival, the first of its kind in the country, took place in Mumbai at Nehru Centre on Friday. Organised by Leapvault - known for conferences like Chief Learning Officer Summit India - the three-day festival

With more than 75 speakers including the likes of Amish Tripathi, Gregory David Roberts, Rashmi Bansal, Kunal Vijayakar and Rahul Bose, among others. Kumaar Bagrodia, CEO of Leapvault, admits that there was a need to give authors, bloggers, journalists and the general public a platform to debate on various issues like career, HR, health, marketing, spiritualism and economy.

“We were wondering why no one was doing anything on non fiction, which as an overall genre is very important and adds value to our lives. It relates readers to realism. Each category is based on facts, events and issues that capture daily lives of people like LGBT and philanthropy, relevant for to all,” says Bagrodia, 36, who is still receiving requests from authors to participate in the panel discussion.

He feels that their target audience (read college students, working professionals, academicians and fitness enthusiasts) will get to know “new assets around the same literature and act on it.”

“The insights they will gain, will help them in their personal lives, career and health,” he emphasises. There will be around 38 sessions, around the theme, Be Bold Stay Real. The festival will also see book launches like K Raghavendra’s Directors Cut: 50 Major Filmmakers of the Modern Era, launched by filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and My Stroke of Luck by Vijay Santhanam.

At Nehru Centre, Mumbai. Entry free with registration. Details: indianonfictionfestival.com

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