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The lit fest season is up and running. This week, Mumbai is hosting Tata Literature Live!, which started on Thursday. There are over 130 writers and thinkers, from Martin Amis and John Gray to Simon Armitage, at the festival.
If you have exhausted your limit at the bank, it would be a good time to listen to Bangladeshi microfinance expert Muhammad Yunus and former finance minister P. Chidambaram speak of “banking for the bottom billion”.The power that words contain can be gauged by a number of sessions on censorship and the perils faced by writers. While journalists Josy Joseph, Sidharth Bhatia, Shekhar Gupta and Mihir Sharma will (we hope) discuss investigative stories that never got published, dissident Burmese writer Ma Thida will share a platform with playwright Nassim Soleimanpour from Iran, a country where “protest art and literature” is taking brave and creative shape. Incidentally, director Anurag Kashyap will perform Soleimanpour’s unique play White Rabbit Red Rabbit, in which the actor sees the script only on stage, in Hindi.
Tata Literature Live! is on till 20 November at National Centre for the Performing Arts, and Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai.