Hyderabad Literature Festival wraps up with plenty to think about – The New Indian Express
HYDERABAD: The three-day Hyderabad Literature Festival (HLF), which kicked off on January 29 and ended on Sunday, received a good response. The event invited over 30 speakers and was held online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Saturday saw celebrities like Sidhartha Mallya, son of Vijay Mallya, who spoke on “Mi-nding the Mind”. During the chat with actor Samir Soni, Sidhartha spoke about his book ‘If I’m Honest’, in which he writes about the stigma around mental health. He said that despite all the privileges, he went through a depression.
“It’s okay not to feel good. It’s normal to be depressed because the career choice you made when you were 12-14 didn’t work out. It is normal to fail and choose the right career path after knowing each other, in your twenties or even later,” Sidhartha said. This was followed by a discussion of the novel Shanti Parav by Des Raj Kali which talks about the history, ethnography and politics of Dalit Punjabi.
Later, author Balaji Vittal and journalist Kaveree Bamzai discussed their books “Pure Evil: The Bad Men of Bollywood” and “The Three Khans: And the emerge of New India”. The roundtable was titled “Heroes and Villains”.
Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee didn’t talk about economics, but about his cookbook, “Cooking to Save Your Life,” with book illustrator Cheyenne Olivier. On Sunday, the festival opened with a panel discussion on “Food and Memory”, which saw Anahita Dhondy and Chitrita Banerji in conversation.
This was followed by topics such as gender and identity, and women in medicine. In another Women in Cinema chat, biographer Ritu Menon in conversation with Advaita Kala talked about her latest book, “Zohra Sehgal” and actress Divya Dutta from “The Stars In My Sky.” Ritu said the book is about the struggle to break convention during Zohra Sehgal’s time.
HLF also attended a talk called “Lest We Forget 1984” with actor Kuljeet Singh, writer NS Madhavan and professor Rachel Bari. It ended with a conference on the book: “Remo: the autobiography” by Remo Fernandes who was in conversation with the journalist Nidhi Razdan.