Thursday, October 30, 2014

Book Bond - Tata Mumbai Lit Fest

When book lovers and lovers for writing and literature of all sorts meet, it takes the atmosphere to another level all together. When the said meet is graced by two eminent literary personalities like the legendary Anil Dharker and the genius Ashwin Sanghi .

On the occasion of the Tata Mumbai Lit Fest the Fifth Mumbai International Literary Festival, Thursday, 30th Oct. to Sunday, 2nd Nov 2014, a Meet-and-Greet was organised by Tata for a peek-a-boo into the event vide conversation with Anil and Ashwin.

Anil, Founder and Festival Director, Tata Literature Live, face of the Mumbai LitFest opened the talks and took us through the event and Ashwin in turn shared anecdotes of his brush with the earlier editions of the event.

After the house was thrown open, Ashwin was at his wittiest best. He was candid, frank and forthcoming. He gave us some wise and some canny tips going forward, from being persistent to having a peg of whisky :P
It went on and on….

"We are now beginning to appreciate the fact that India is a country of stories ~ Ashwin"
there were many a stories that got rapt attention and were well appreciated!!!

"Poetry is the purest distillation of literature. So many thoughts in so little words ~ Anil"
he has always and in all ways been awe inspiring with his writing or otherwise

"At the end of the day, I've never thought of myself as a writer. I think of this as storytelling ~ Ashwin"
and he is a simply amazing at that

"The largest number of books I've signed in one day? 7000 ~ Ashwin"
I am sure this was just a walk in the park for him!!!

“A writer is usually never caught without a pen ~ Ashwin”
sometimes he just runs out of ink :P

There are few other thoughts he expressed and i am in complete agreement there ~

"Write what you want to write. A genre will be created around it"

"Every child should be lucky enough to have parents who fill their childhood with books"

"What really has changed in India is not the writer. It is the reader"

"In the literary world, marketing is looked down upon. Market your books as creatively as you wrote them."

Here’s all that you would want to know about the LitFest:

Day One

Day Four


Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Rocking Word Up

With half open eyes I got down at Mumbai Central tired from a week long work tour. Knowing fully well that it was a working Saturday, I had already made plans for people at office to believe that I am still on tour.
I quickly buckled up and made a round trip to my house in Navi Mumbai back to Blue Frog, the most happening place in the city that day. I registered well in time and then it all let loose. The Indiblogger Word Up Big Rock Meet Commenced. . . .

With A Bang It Got Started!!!
 It was a refreshing experience to witness the IndiBand live and in full propel.

It was followed up by some intriguing, mesmerizing, enlightening discussions with some amazing bloggers who had made it large in many ways.

From Amit we learnt the nitty-gritty of Blogging!!!

From “Who is He” to “He is a Star” phase all of it solely through his Blog

Youth Ki Awaaz!!!
Anshul showed us that if you have the will and determination you’ll surely go the distance

Care to Dream – Dare to Achieve!!!
When you want something with all your heart, it’s time to chase it by staking everything you have and make it happen

The Show Stopper!!!
She taught us – even honest reviews can earn you moolahs and loyal fan base

There were a few others who enthralled us, but unfortunately I couldn't manage to click them. The most amazing of the remaining lot were Snigdha Manchanda of Creative Writing, who showed us the ugly and funny sides of life through cartoons and Bhavesh made us laugh our hearts out with his Stand Up Comedy.

While at this Indi and Big Rock were generous enough to gift us all of the below and not to forget the sumptuous lunch and snacks in addition.

Keep them coming Indi – Lets keep the Indi Flag Flying High!!!

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