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This year’s theme explores the relationship, or lack of it, across time, place, space, profession, family, and oh yes, literature.

Festival Directors Festival Directors


    Bachi Karkaria is one of India's best known journalists and a media trainer in India and abroad. She writes two popular columns: the satirical 'Erractica' in the Times of India, and 'Giving Gyan', advice to the lovelorn and life-torn in the Mumbai Mirror. She is the author of the best-selling, 'Dare To Dream: A Life of M.S. Oberoi' and working on a comprehensive book on the Nanavati case. Her specialisations are public health and urbanisation. She was the first Indian board member of the World Editors Forum, and is on the advisory board of the India AIDS initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


    Namita Devidayal is the author of two books, 'The Music Room' and 'Aftertaste'. She is a journalist with The Times of India. She graduated from Princeton. Namita is a trained Indian classical singer. She loves music.


Fusing history and the present, cinema and mythology, weed with wine, artists Venkat Raman Singh Shyam and S. Anand offer “The Ganja–Mahua Chronicles”, about love that transgresses boundaries. Featuring the untouchable Ganja and the brahman Mahua, Divya and Ilavarsan, Bhimrao Ambedkar and Fanny Fitzgerald, Archie and Parshya (from Sairat) the mural installation spreads across 72 x 7 feet in the quad area of the festival.

Art at the Litfest

In the attempt to give our audiences a 360-degree experience of creativity, this year’s litfest showcases three of India’s leading artists, as installations in the open spaces and right into our studios, all of them around books/ the Man-Woman theme.

We present from the series of internationally acclaimed artists, Shilpa Gupta and Jaideep Mehrotra.

Shilpa’s Someone Else is in the quad and Jaideep’s Cognitivus is spread across the outdoor space and on the backdrop to our studio stages.

The monumental live installation of Gond artist Venkat Shyam on the Ganja Mahua legend is the centrepiece of the quad. It is enlivened further by indigenous poets from India and Australia.

Bring a Book

Times LitFest & YES BANK believe that there are no better teachers than books, and everyone should get an opportunity to learn from them. We are glad to present the 3rd edition of “Donate A Book, Change A Life” to help those who don't have the means.

Where are you donating these books?

Your books will be donated to Rotaract District 3140 for underprivileged children, like we did last year. They will accept all kinds of books – fiction, non-fiction and educational

Look what happened to the 2000 + books we received through this drive.
  • Rotaract built a Library in Bhopoli School, Bhopoli, Vikramgarh, Palghar District
  • They started a Mobile Library reaching schools in Shahapur and its nearby areas, lending to students on a weekly basis.
How do I donate my books?
A. For pick up from your location
  • Give a missed call to **YESBANK
  • Share your the pick-up address online & a YES BANK executive will call you to schedule the appointment for pick-up
B. Drop at the following locations:
  • The Times LitFest ( December 2-4)
  • The nearest YES BANK branch
What type of books can I donate?

Story Books, Educational material, Dictionaries / Thesaurus and Self Help. NOT Magazines and newspapers.
A gift voucher for donors of 10 books or more.

INDIA Bole YES to Education

Donate a Book, Change a Life campaign!
By Rana Kapoor
Rana Kapoor

With the Demographic Dividend significantly in its favour, it is most important to ensure quality education for all Indians. Our youth need to be equipped with world-class skills as well as unconstrained design & creative thinking to make India the innovation capital of the world.

While the Government’s role in providing education across the country is commendable, the onus is on each and every individual who has the means, to pass on the gift of literacy to those talented & ambitious youth whose parents can’t.

YES BANK, through its Responsible Banking ethos, aims to enhance this value - creation by providing numerous opportunities to this end.

We are proud of the “Donate a Book, Change a Life” movement, in partnership with the Times Litfest. Anyone can contribute towards expanding access to education & skill development. Last year, we received more than 2000 books, which were donated to Rotaract Club of India for the under privileged. These books helped in building a mobile library in rural Maharashtra.

Education is the key to the 3 Es of Employment, Entrepreneurship and Empowerment. When you donate even one book for a child, you are taking another step towards improving employability, reducing poverty and moving towards an overall betterment of our country.

Books can be donated at any YES BANK branch or the YES BANK zone at the Times Litfest. The current drive runs from November 25 to December 30.

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