Some of the seemingly ordinary things that occupy our minds every day of our lives—such as our careers, relationships and health—often get left out of public discussions. Yet thousands of people across the country actually gravitate towards these topics when they visit book stores or browse through news on television or in journals and dailies.

For the first time in Asia, a non-fiction festival, scheduled to take place in Mumbai from 21-23 June, is going to be devoted exclusively to exploring a range of genres that usually fail to make a splash at literary meets. From business management, leadership, politics and economics to fitness, media, cinema, cookery and lifestyle, this event seeks to include genres and areas that affect the lives of millions across the country in a tangible, everyday way.

The spirit of the festival is summed up by its catchline: “Be Bold Stay Real". “Our aim is to get thousands, even those who are only interested in management or spirituality, to attend this meet," says Kumaar Bagrodia, director of the festival.

This should not be difficult to achieve, given the galaxy of speakers, from the best-selling author of the Shiva Trilogy, Amish Tripathi, to actor Rahul Bose, participating in the festival. A variety of concerns, from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues to parenting and cookery, are going to be in focus over the three days. Some of the other speakers will be political journalist Tavleen Singh, dietitian Ishi Khosla, Manvendra Singh Gohil, a well-known crusader for the rights of people of alternative sexuality, and Tamal Bandyopadhyay, a deputy managing editor with Mint.

“The idea is to meet a certain need for comprehensive debate on these subjects," says Bagrodia, “which is why experts from various fields have been invited." The participants include not just published authors but also columnists and opinion-makers popular in the mainstream media.

The festival will be held from 21-23 June at the Nehru Centre, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai, from 11am-7pm. Registration is free. For details, visit www.indianonfictionfestival.com

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