Kitab 2008 was held from 22-24 February in Mumbai. It was the third edition of Kitab in India.
Man Booker prize nominated author Indra Sinha gave a poignant talk on the last day of the festival. The festival also promoted an important message regarding Bhopal.
A host of literay stalwarts along with promising writers participated in the two days of book readings, discussions, film screenings, poetry sessions and interactive fora that have been carefully structured balancing elements of literature, culture, theatre and creative dialogue.
KITAB FESTIVAL 2008
22-24 February 2008, Mumbai
Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan
8pm Dinner at Indigo hosted by KITAB
Venue: Max Mueller Bhavan
7pm Meher Pestonji’s Play ‘Feeding Crows’
Venue: Asiatic Library
11am Prince of Fiction
Niall Griffiths on darkness in contemporary fiction, interspersed with short readings from his own work.
12pm Arab Visions
Robert Irwin presents a power-point presentation on Orientalist paintings including Vereshchagin’s wonderful Indian canvases. Followed by a talk on ‘The India of The Arabian Nights: The Arabian Nights of India’.
1pm France at Kitab
2pm Red Sun: Travels in Naxalite Country
Venue : Crossword Bookstore
1pm Observer of Life
Booker 2007 shortlisted author Indra Sinha discusses his latest book with Shobhaa De and Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi
2pm Gordon’s Britain
Matthew d’Ancona gives a talk on what the future holds for the UK under Gordon Brown’s leadership
3pm English Muslim
Sarfraz Manzoor reads from his book followed by a talk
4pm War and Sex
Julian West gives an insight into the lives of soldiers in war zones
Mahesh Mathai and Indra Sinha discuss Bhopal and the film Bhopal Express. Moderator: Nikki Bedi.