Shobhaa De
Shobhaa De

Food for thought, and more

Penguin India's annual literary festival features some of the best-loved authors from its publishing list

Spring in Delhi, like everywhere else, is time for romance— with books. Penguin Books India (PBI) is back in town with its annual literary carnival, Spring Fever, which in its fourth year promises to be bigger and better as it brings together the best of PBI’s publishing list on one platform for readings, discussions and interactions.

This year, the festival opens on Friday at the Amphitheatre of the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi with PBI’s star author, Shobhaa De, who made a comeback after a decade with a new potboiler, Sethji, in 2012. De, known for her sharp opinions and caustic tongue, will appear on a panel, appropriately called “Never a Dull De". Poet, lyricist and film-maker Gulzar will be reading from his new collection of stories, Half a Rupee. Film director Mira Nair will be speaking about her life and work since her path-breaking film, Salaam Bombay!, was released 25 years ago. And historian Ramachandra Guha will offer an exclusive preview of the biography on Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi that he is currently working on.

Ruskin Bond and Sudha Murthy, two of the nation’s most beloved storytellers, will be interacting with each other, while photographers Raghu Rai and Amit Mehra will be in conversation about the latter’s book on Kashmir.

This year’s Spring Fever will offer much more than food for thought. On 22 March, Monish Gujral, managing director of the restaurant chain Moti Mahal Delux, will be talking about the fine art of making the perfect kebab.

Spring Fever is on at the Amphitheatre of the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, from 15-24 March, 11am-7pm, followed by programmes every evening from 7pm onwards. The festival is open to all. Visitors may register on Facebook. To register, visit