#KLF19: An Exclusive Interview with Irshad Kamil

  Q: As we all know Bollywood is all pervading, but I have been following your work keenly, and I would like to know, how does this transition from writing your own poetry to Bollywood lyrics come to you? Do different mindsets go into it? Or is it more or less the same? Kamil: See, writing…

#KLF19: An Exclusive Interview with Sudeep Chakravarti

  Q: What was the idea that led you to focus on the ethnocultural diaspora in The Bengalis: A Portrait of a Community? Chakravarti: That is one aspect of it. The book has multiple chapters. I am just choosing to focus on the diaspora in that particular chapter, not the entirety of it. Q: There…

#KLF19: An Exclusive Interview with Pinaki De

Q: You will be talking about comics today, and in context I would ask of your opinion about something. Recently, I stumbled across a Facebook post which raised Alan Moore’s question, why comics are not called comics, but graphic novels. Then, further discussions with a peer of mine led us conclude, there are narrative differences…

#KLF19: An Exclusive Interview with Krishnan Srinivasan

Q: Sir, talking about your preferred genre of reads, what do you like to flip through in general? Srinivasan: I really liked the last session on book publishing actually. And talking about book preferences, I write both fiction and so called serious International Relations books. Q: Which written work of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose has…

#KLF19: An Exclusive Interview with Ashis Ray

  Q: How does it feel to be invited to speak on such a charged topic? Ray: Well first of all, I wrote the book to end all controversies which is the purpose of the book and that it achieves its objectives. But when I got this invitation, naturally I jumped at it. This is…

#KLF19: An Exclusive Interview with Ananda Lal

  Q: Sir, how have you as a person evolve while handling Rabindranath Thakur and Jibananda Das? Lal: See, Rabindranath is part of any Kolkata person’s life. So, I have grown up with Rabindranath in the house. My grandfather was a close associate of Rabindranath himself; Kalidas Nath, the history professor. So, it’s in our…

#KLF19: An Exclusive Interview with Barun Chanda

  Q: Sir, talking about your field of expertise that is advertising, and your experience through the years of Seemabadhha till the date, how has Indian Cinema and Bengali Cinema evolved through advertisement? Was advertisement as important as today? Chanda: The need for advertisement was always there. But the quality and nature of advertising now…

#KLF19: An Exclusive Interview with Tinnu Anand

Q: Coming back to Kolkata after a long time. How does it feel? Anand: I myself always thought of Kolkata as my own and I’ve come back to my city. I’d just like to say that it will be 50 years of Gupi Gyne Bagha Byne and that I think, is my ‘birth’ because when…

#KLF19: An Exclusive Interview with Arvind Gupta

  Q: India’s relationship with her neighbours have come a long way. How do you describe it? Gupta: See, first is that with India’s neighbours, the relationship has always been not very easy, let me put it this way. And the reasons for that is the way we used to chat in this region. India…

#KLF 19: An Exclusive Interview with Aarti Kelshikar

  Q: As the former Facebook CEO, Sheryl Sandberg had spoken about the concept of “lean in”, where she speaks about the role of women in the work culture and more, what is your stance on the same? Aarti: I’ve read about Lean In and it’s about women not taking a back seat, it’s about not…

#KLF19: An Exclusive Interview with Alexander Snegirev

  Q: What can you tell us about your novel Petroleum Venus? Snegirev: It’s about a young father of a guy with a mental problem. It’s a little bit private to my private story and it very important to me, the story. But, when I wrote it, I was trying to write something for other…

#KLF19: An Exclusive Interview with Mirko Tavosanics

    Q: How does the concept of intellectual property rights work in the world of comics? Mirko: A really fascinating concept, I wrote a book regarding these with my colleague, because comics are really a strange field, from his point of view because in comics, you have a very strong presence of authors. Because,…