Time for spring cleaning? Especially of your bookshelves... Why? Penguin’s annual literary show, Spring Fever is back. Before you write this off as another literary event only meant for intellectuals, think again. This time Spring Fever has organised an open air library during the day (between 11 am – 7 pm) and in the evening (after 7 pm), there will be special readings and performances.
"The idea behind this festival originated from an open air library, which allows readers to browse, read in peace and have a look at some of the best works written by people from around the globe,” says Hemali Sodhi, Penguin Books India. As for the programme, it is as diverse as the books they have on display. From a celebration of a range of classics to previews and most anticipated books; from new voices to the best names in fiction and non-fiction talking about their craft - there’s a lot going on. What’s more? Special music sessions to complement readings and interactive sessions. Get ready for a whole lot of fun!
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Mar 4 @ 7.00 pm In the Bazaar of Love: Reading of Amir Khusrau’s selected poetry, Zafarnama by Guru Gobind Singh and Kama Sutra by Vatsyayana followed by Shubha Mudgal’s presentation of poetic texts.
Mar 5 @ 7.00 pm Losing My Virginity - Taking a Book to Bed: Madhuri Banerjee, Ira Trivedi and Ismita Tandon Dhankher chat with Kaveree Bamzai followed by a rock music performance.
Mar 6 @ 5.30 pm Coming of Age: Sheba Karim in conversation with Samit Basu followed by dramatised readings from David Hair’s Pyre of Queens and Swayamvara. @ 7.00 pm A Writer’s Life: Javed Akhtar, William Dalrymple, Namita Gokhale and Sunil Sethi discuss the craft, life stories and the nature of creative impulse.
Mar 7 @ 7.00 pm Howzzat! Cricket Mania At Its Best! Cricket quiz and analysis with quiz master Joy Bhattacharjya.
Mar 8 @ 7.00 pm Finding Ananda: An open workshop by the Osho Foundation.
Mar 9 @ 7.00 pm The Culture of Consumption: Four distinguished economic thinkers talk about the promise and peril of capitalism.
Mar 10 @ 7.00 pm Box Office: Film screening in association with the American Center.
Fri Mar 11 @ 7.00 pm Blockbuster Friday: Readings by Shobhaa De, William Dalrymple and Suhel Seth followed by a musical evening.
Sat Mar 12 @ 7.00 pm Hindi - Badlegi to Chalegi! A quirky dialogue on the changing forms of Hindi over a period of time.
Sun Mar13 @ 11.30 am Lights, Camera... Action! Vishal Bhardwaj and Ruskin Bond in a special conversation. Closing performance; a qawwali by the acclaimed Warsi Brothers of Hyderabad.