What happens when six talented writers journey 2000 Km across India by train? Check out THE BOOKWALLAH to find out. As part of a pre-event sponsored by The Bangalore Literary Festival, THE BOOKWALLAH brings to namma Bengaluru three Indian writers-poet Sudeep Sen, literary critic and novelist Chandrahas Choudhury and poet & writer Annie Zaidi, along with Australian novelists Michelle De Kretser, Kirsty Murray and journalist/media personality Benjamin Law.
These writers bring with them a unique travelling library, housed in handmade Kangaroo leather trunks that convert into bookcases, aiming to forge connections and glean/share stories.
The first day’s events, at the Bangalore International Centre, Domlur, were a marriage of poetry and prose, with Chandrahas Choudhury illustrating “Ten Ways the Novel Can Change Your Life” with beautiful excerpts from the novels of Chekov, Mo Yan, Orhan Pamuk and more. Next, poet Sudeep Sen, in his lilting voice, read from his newly launched anthology, ‘The Harper Collin Book of English Poetry’ as well as other poems of his. Add to this the commentary of one of Bangalore’s first Rockstars, the endearing Ranjon Ghoshal, whose colorful words, clothes and beard, made the night a most lovely one!
Also check out the bookshop, set up by Comma365. How many books did I buy? Don’t ask, don’t tell!
To learn about THE BOOKWALLAH’s upcoming events, visit THE BOOKWALLAH events page.
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