The theme The Romance,
The Crosscurrents,
The Crisis.

2019
SCHEDULE

Song of the River Boatman

Waternamah: The Romance, The Crosscurrents, The Crisis

JSW

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Lincoln Paine, Clare Shaw, Gavin Pretor-Pinney

Who's Afraid of Dystopia?

Liva Hall

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Prayaag Akbar, Samanth Subramanian discuss its place in fiction and non

Can you Take the Mickey out of Fitness?

Times Hall

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Mickey Mehta on his latest mantra

A Life In Music

JSW Hall

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Urvashi Butalia in conversation with Nasreen Munni Kabir and Zakir Hussain

Gehra Paani

Workshop Hall

11:30 AM - 03:00 PM

Sarnath Banerjee

Unveiling the Argentinian embassy's milestone project of translating Spanish works into Indian languages and vice versa

Aditya Birla Lawn

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

The Pirates' Code

Brigands they might have been but they were as organised as any MNC

Liva Hall

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Lincoln Paine and Maya Jasanoff, moderated by Vikram Doctor

Kill or Care

The cautionary tale of Avni, the 'murdered' man-eater

TIM Delhi Airport Hall

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Wildlife blogger Panchami Manoo Ukil with photographer Sumit Sen

Journey to the Centre of Another Writer’s Mind

Decoding the mystic art of translation

Aditya Birla Lawn

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Maria Skakuj Puri, Gillian Wright, Bhaswati Ghosh, moderated by Jerry Pinto

Let's Never Have Radio Silence

Times Hall

12:15 PM - 01:15 PM

Hrishi K in conversation with Mark Tully

Satire Over Two Beers

JSW Hall

12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

Sanjeev Sanyal shows what 'propah' technocrats are up to in their spare time

Civilisation Rides the River

Times Hall

01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

Tapti/Moin Mir, Nile/Ahdaf Soueif, Ganga/Anthony Acciavatti, moderated by Ravina Aggarwal

From Dharmendra to Kangana

Has Bollywood really changed or has the make-up just got better?

Liva Hall

01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

Gayatri Rangachari Shah, Priya Seth, Rohini Iyer, Gauri Shinde

Don't Rubbish Trash

Will we meet our nemesis in garbage?

TIM Delhi Airport Hall

01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

ask Robin Jeffrey, Katherine Boo, Assa Doron. moderated by Neha Sinha

Cape Town to Bangalore – Apocalypse Now

Times Hall

02:45 PM - 03:45PM

Sanjeev Sanyal, Mridula Ramesh moderated by Samanth Subramanian

Hampi's Whispered Stories

Liva Hall

02:45 PM - 03:45PM

Lalita Iyer, Ram Ganesh Kamatham, Rochelle D’Silva, Siddharth Dasgupta, Sathya Saran

Plato in the Time of Google

TIM Delhi Airport Hall

02:45 PM - 03:45PM

Acclaimed philosopher Rebecca Goldstein's latest book transports her ancient Greek counterpart into the 21st century

Muslim = Terrorist?

Breaking the stereotypes in which we've caged our fellow Indians

JSW Hall

03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Fatima Mirza, Meghna Gulzar, Nazia Erum, moderated by Mallika Ahluwalia

Playing with Fire, Playing with Words

Aditya Birla Lawn

03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

A verbal joust twixt Insta poet Beau Taplin and classical writer Shanta Gokhale

Company Smart, Nawab Smarter

How a prince checkmated the East India Co, won back his estates, and found true love

Liva Hall

04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Moin Mir on his latest book

I Spy with Your Little Card

Is Aadhar social security or political slavery?

TIM Delhi Airport Hall

04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Charles Assisi with Gyan Prakash

Changing the World Like a Girl

Workshop Hall

04:30 PM - 05:45 PM

Aparna Jain

Maaji Re

Songs of boatmen, fishermen, and all the lonely voyagers

Aditya Birla Lawn

04:45 PM - 05:45 PM

Bhaswati Ghosh with Sumana Roy; music by Goutam Baul

Who’s Calling the Shots, Who’s Stirring the Pot?

Have bloggers mirched up the market, or are they pretenders to the bone?

Times Hall

05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Mumbai Foodie’s Ronak Rajani, Le 15's Pooja Dhingra, Flamboyante's Amrish Arora moderated by Upper Crust's Farzana Contractor

The Big Battle for the Little Black Dot

Liva Hall

05:15 PM - 06:15 PM

Acclaimed Israeli scholar Ornit Shani speaks with Vikram Doctor on her perceptive new book on the making of India's democracy

Half the Night is Gone

TIM Delhi Airport Hall

05:15 PM - 06:15 PM

Amitabha Bagchi reads from his latest. With Supriya Nair

The Song of Water

JSW Hall

05:30 PM - 06:45 PM

by Oxford's Somerville College Choir

Mindful Melodies

Workshop Hall

06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

with MPower

Flood

Aditya Birla Lawn

06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

By Performance Poet Clare Shaw

Music, Movement in Grains of Sand

Times Hall

06:15 PM - 07:15 PM

Anne Loeper and Armin Metz

Ship of Hope

TIM Delhi Airport Hall

06:30 PM - 07:30 PM

Sanjoy Hazarika on his boats that carry vital medicines to islands isolated from all other help

Does Water have a Gender?

Liva Hall

06:30 PM - 07:30 PM

The politics of resource-grabbing, access and rights by feted sociologist Prof Lyla Mehta, WaterAid CEO VK Madhavan, Anjali Nayyar, exec VP, Global Health Strategies

Paradise Towers

Welcome to the Non-Cooperative Housing Society

JSW Hall

07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Shweta Bachchan-Nanda with Shunali Khullar Shroff

Being Selective

What to put in, what to leave out, the clever balancing act of anthologies

Times Hall

07:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Jerry Pinto and Shanta Gokhale

Perfomance:

Aditya Birla Lawn

07:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Hidayat Khan, Zubin Balaporia, Fazal Qureishi

Is the American Dream Dead?

Liva Hall

07:45 PM - 08:45 PM

Sarah Churchwell in conversation with Nina Martyris

Where Truth Lies

JSW Hall

08:30 PM - 09-30 PM

Kapil Sibal exposes the crafty shades in his bold new book

He Walks On Water

JSW Hall

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Amitav Ghosh on his muse

The Bloodied Line

Stories from Partition

Times Hall

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Poured out by Gulzar, Govind Nihalani and Mallika Ahluwalia

Bound Presents: How to Get Published

TIM Delhi Airport Hall

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Urvashi Butalia, Karthika VK, Moderated by Tara Khandelwal

A Bird, a Cloud, and a Tree

Aditya Birla Lawn

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Get beguiled by Sumana Roy, Gavin Pretor-Pinney, Bikram Grewal

Going Net Zero Waste

Workshop Hall

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Mridula Ramesh

Words on Water:

Conversations with Women Writers from the Northeast Easterine

JSW Hall

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Kire, Parismita Singh, Mitra Pukhan, Tongam Rina, moderated by Urvashi Butalia

The Bends In Their River

Times Hall

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

India's 'Waterman' Rajendra Singh, and Sopan Joshi

Mumbai's Connect with the Oceans

Liva Hall

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, C-in-C, Western Naval Command, on how Mumbai’s maritime position has mothered its destiny

Mitti vs Mud

Can you really capture the desi when writing in English about earthy Indian subjects?

TIM Delhi Airport Hall

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Amitabha Bagchi in conversation with Manish Pushkale

Musings about Everything

Aditya Birla Lawn

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Gulzar and Pavan K. Varma in a thoughtful remembrances

The Wisdom of Clouds

Workshop Hall

12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

Gavin Pretor Pinney

The Fragrance of Bhasha

How Hindi writing distils the essence of India

JSW Hall

12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

Ashok Vajpeyi, Pavan K. Varma, moderated by Manish Pushkale, with a performance by Rakesh Tiwari

The Paradoxical Shashi Tharoor

On his latest, most perceptive book.

Times Hall

12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

Also a Q&A with Cyrus Broacha

How I Nailed the Tandoor Murderers

Liva Hall

12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

Maxwell Pereira, ex-Delhi Police Commissioner on his book tracking that politcally charged crime of passion. Interrogated by VK Karthika

Nandita Das and the Stories of Manto

TIM Delhi Airport Hall

12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

From the written word to the image on the screen

Anchors Away

Aditya Birla Lawn

12:45 PM - 01:45 PM

The Navy Band in concert

How I Made The Desert Blue

JSW Hall

01:45 PM - 02:45 PM

Rajendra Singh, winner of the Magsaysay and the Stockholm Water Prize, presents his work in bringing rain to the Thar, and rejuvenating 11 rivers

The Fuzzie & The Techie

How the arts are not about dropouts

Times Hall

01:45 PM - 02:45 PM

Scott Hartley and Sunil Khilnani on why the twain must meet

The Liquid Coastline

Liva Hall

01:45 PM - 02:45 PM

Bikram Grewal and Sumit Sen explain the chimera of the Sundarbans; moderated by Vaishnavi Chandrasekar

Clout of the Ancient Mariner

Whoever rules the waves, rules the world

TIM Delhi Airport Hall

01:45 PM - 02:45 PM

Lincoln Paine in conversation with Vikram Doctor

Yoga Beyond The Fashionable Label

Aditya Birla Lawn

02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Dr Rajvi Mehta's expert lec-dem

I am a Tree

Workshop Hall

02:30 PM - 03:30 PM

Sumana Roy

So What Do You think Is Poetry?

JSW Hall

03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Beau Taplin, Clare Shaw, Ranjit Hoskote on its mercurial avatars

2019 –More Jobs Or More Jumla?

Dare we hope that the General Elections will finally change our lives?

Times Hall

03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Smriti Irani vs Milind Deora, egged on by Nidhi Razdan

Geography, History, And The Shape Of Water

Liva Hall

03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Sunil Amrith reimagines Asia's story via its 'Unruly' rivers and rain

Beware, The Humble Toothbrush Is Our Worst Enemy

TIM Delhi Airport Hall

03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Assa Doron and Robin Jeffrey on how the non-biodegradable will degrade us all. With Mridula Ramesh

Performance

Aditya Birla Lawn

03:15 PM - 04:15 PM

By Alchemy

Want to Write? What's Stopping You?

Quadrangle

04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Jerry Pinto

If We Forget Our Farmers, Who Will Feed Us?

JSW Hall

04:15 PM - 05:00 PM

Feroze Varun Gandhi on his new book toting up the economic and emotional price of rural distress

The Thepla Conspiracy

How Gujarat is India and India is Gujarat

Times Hall

04:15 PM - 05:15 PM

Prabodh Parikh, Gyan Prakash, Pavan K. Varma,Anuvab Pal, moderated by Sheela Bhatt

Agony Aunty & Cyrus Baba

Liva Hall

04:15 PM - 05:15 PM

The Broacha bullies Bachi Karkaria on her new collection of Giving Gyan columns. Kunal Kaka pitches in

Can Trump Even Spell Diaspora?

Migrant literature in the time of ever-closing borders

TIM Delhi Airport Hall

04:15 PM - 05:15 PM

Madeleine Thien and Fatima Mirza. Moderated by Nina Martyris

 Make your own sand clip

Workshop Hall

04:30 PM - 06:00 PM

Anne Loeper

Israeli Consulate presents:

Aditya Birla Lawn

04:45 PM - 06:15 PM

Diwan Saz

Living With Our Gatsby

Everyone loves Lake Como and to hell with drought

JSW Hall

05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

Sarah Churchwell, Katherine Boo, and Shunali Khullar Shroff, moderated by Samanth Subramanian

How To Be One-Up On Your Brain

Times Hall

05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

Steven Pinker and Rebecca Goldstein mastermind the strategy from their different disciplines

Bridging the Troubled Waters

Liva Hall

05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

Suresh Prabhu on his ambitious river linking project. With Bikram Grewal

On Joseph Conrad

TIM Delhi Airport Hall

05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

Maya Jasanoff  in conversation with Nina Martyris

Mad Men

Quadrangle

05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

Cyrus Broacha and Kunal Vijayakar

Why Do Children Want To Die?

JSW Hall

06:45 PM - 07:45 PM

Dr Zirak Marker confronts the tragedy of teenage suicide

At a Loss for Words? Nevver!

Times Hall

06:45 PM - 07:45 PM

Hrishi K, Radhika Vaz, and Roshan Abbas

The Low Life of the High Born

Liva Hall

06:45 PM - 07:45 PM

Nazia Erum and Manu Pillai unmask history's wicked footnotes

Wetlands or Wastelands

TIM Delhi Airport Hall

06:45 PM - 07:45 PM

Neha Sinha and Panchami Manoo Ukil point out the peril

Kommune: Music

Aditya Birla Lawn

06:45 PM - 09:15 PM

Ankur & The Ghalat Family with an opening act: Mikhail

Enlightenment Now:

The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

Times Hall

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Harvard's iconic cognitive psychologist, Steven Pinker

1975 and All That

Liva Hall

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Emergency Chronicles Gyan Prakash's latest deep-digging research

From Rickshaw Puller to Writing Star

A chance encounter with Mahasweta Devi changed his career, life, and fortunes

Aditya Birla Lawn

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Manoranjan Bapari

Mehboob's Birds

Workshop Hall

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Spot them with Bikram Grewal. Assisted by Sumit Sen and Panchami Manoo Ukil

Am I My Water’s Keeper?

Woke companies replenish supply and turn the table

JSW Hall

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Anirban Ghosh, Vijay Vardhan, Naina Lal Kidwai, moderated by Mridula Ramesh

Set Pieces

Aditya Birla Lawn

11:15 AM - 01:00 PM

Stories told by Kubbra Sait, Hari Sankar, Mohammad Muneem

The Nile As Metaphor

TIM Delhi Airport Hall

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Ahdaf Souief

The Tsunami Saviour

Can life be salvaged from this jaw of death?

Liva Hall

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Yes, Nitin Sathe tells Vaishnavi Chandrashekhar

Popcorn And Microchips

Times Hall

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Digitising has changed the world of cinema. Shekhar Kapoor and Shivendra Singh Dungarpur assess the good, bad and ugly

Sway the Stress Away

Workshop Hall

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Dance and movement therapy. Guided by MPower

Like a Girl

JSW Hall

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Bhanwari Devi points the way to gender justice for GenNext. With Aparna Jain and Kavita Srivastava. Moderated by Karthika VK

Healing with History and the Humanities

Times Hall

12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

India's legendary physician, Dr Farokh Udwadia

The Shahenshah of Water Systems

Liva Hall

12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

Restoration architect Ratish Nanda on awesome Mughal engineering

Reeling from the Past

From silent cinema to the selfie film

TIM Delhi Airport Hall

12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

Shivendra Singh Dungarpur on the film archivist's grind and OMG! moments

And Then the Party’s Over

Alcohol is the most socially acceptable and the most insidious destroyer

JSW Hall

01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Pooja Bhatt with Yusuf Merchant

The Sixth String

Aditya Birla Lawn

01:15 PM - 02:15 PM

Ashok Vajpeyi on why Vilayat Khan is a rock star. Hidayat Khan speaks to Namita Devidayal on her new book

The Little People Of Empire

Times Hall

01:45 PM - 02:45 PM

Historian David Gilmour on his critically hurrahed new book,The British in India With Zareer Masani

Geeks And Greek Drama

Liva Hall

01:45 PM - 02:45 PM

Scott Hartley proves that tech is best served by a knowledge the arts

The World In A Word

TIM Delhi Airport Hall

01:45 PM - 02:45 PM

Clare Shaw and Ranjit Hoskote on bending language to their will, and verse

The Long Voyage to Paani

JSW Hall

02:30 PM - 03:30 PM

Shekhar Kapur

Performance

Aditya Birla Lawn

02:30 PM - 03:00 PM

By EMF

Life In A Post-Akbar World

Times Hall

03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

How interactions will, must change in the workplace and beyond Faye D'Souza, Naina Lal Kidwai, Roshan Abbas, Karthika VK. Moderated by Urvashi Butalia

Artists of the Floating Water

Liva Hall

03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Anne Loeper, Meera Devidayal, Sarnath Banerjee speak to Princeton's Ravina Aggarwal on the different ways in which it underpins their work

Do We Want a Mall on the Ganges?

TIM Delhi Airport Hall

03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Anthony Acciavatti's work examines the way ancient rivers negotiate today's urban pressures

Weaving Melody From Water

Aditya Birla Lawn

03:15 PM - 04:15 PM

Milind Tulankar demonstrates the lyricism of Jal-tarang

Searching for Saraswati

Workshop Hall

03:45 PM - 04:45 PM

Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya speak on the bizarre hunt for the mythical river

Is Devdutt a Myth?

JSW Hall

03:45 PM - 04:45 PM

Pattanaik proves it right or wrong, and talks about how history and mythology intertwine to create multiple narratives

Tweeting with Ammamma

Liva Hall

04:15 PM - 05:15 PM

Geeta Gopalakrishnan on the inspirations of her grandmother’s potted wisdom, recounted with music and dance

Music, Art and Revolution in 20th century China

TIM Delhi Airport Hall

04:15 PM - 05:15 PM

Madeleine Thien

Indian Novels Colllective Presents

Musical Reading

Aditya Birla Lawn

04:45 PM - 05:45 PM

with Priyanka Sethia and Yuki Ellais

Saving History from the Textbooks

JSW Hall

05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

David Gilmour, Sunil Khilnani and Manu Pillai lead the charge of the fight brigade. Moderated by Mallika Ahuwalia

Feet on the Clouds

TIM Delhi Airport Hall

05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

Gavin Pretor Pinney, founder of the Cloud Spotting Society, speaks on this esoteric passion. With Vikram Doctor

Some Corner Of A Foreign Field

Times Hall

05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

Stephen Spender, WH Auden: The greats of Eng Lit had little known India connections Deborah Baker on her latest book. In conversation with Nina Martyris

Performance

Aditya Birla Lawn

06:00 PM - 06:45 PM

by Goutam Baul

The Last Englishmen

TIM Delhi Airport Hall

06:45 PM - 07:45 PM

Deborah Baker latest work again alchemises the little known into a great read

Lifetime Achievement

Aditya Birla Lawn

07:00 PM - 08:15 PM

to Amitav Ghosh, presented by Sangita Jindal