Testimonials

Alexander McCall Smith
Alexander McCall SmithCreator of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series

I was particularly looking forward to The Hindu Lit for Life festival in Chennai because I had heard good things about it. Now I can agree with that. A very very enthusiastic and lively audience. I also think the choice of subjects is very good because we seem to have ...

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Lionel Shriver
Lionel ShriverAuthor of We Need to Talk About Kevin

Everyone has been very warm, a good list of authors including some prestigious international authors, and the sessions have a lot of variety. Chennai is very different from Jaipur and it's funny how much you can learn by going for a walk on the street.

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Ananth Padmanabhan
Ananth PadmanabhanCEO of HarperCollins India & Author of Play with Me

In this format it’s arguably the best lit fest I’ve been to. There is an intimacy to the way audience and panel personnel interact with each other. It's a wonderful space to discuss books and lit and see writers in action. The programming has something for every kind of taste ...

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Ferdinand Mount
Ferdinand MountAuthor of The New Few: Power and Inequality in Britain Now or A Very British Oligarchy

Really pleased to be here. Not least because it gives me a chance to visit Chennai but it's wonderful to be a part of this enormous audience that we've got. May love last and spread! 

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Jim Crace
Jim Craceauthor of Harvest
The Hindu Lit for Life maintains the perfect balance; a festival that’s large enough to be eventful and wide ranging but not so immense and overwhelming as to jeopardize the hospitality, generosity and intimacy which are Chennai’s specialties. No wonder it is becoming a favourite amongst both readers and ...

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Shashi Tharoor
Shashi TharoorAuthor of India: The Future Is Now

I thoroughly enjoyed being at The Hindu Lit for Life in 2011. A high quality of participation by both authors and audience, a stimulating and literate environment, thoughtful programming and a pleasant atmosphere ... a marvellous event.

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William Dalrymple
William DalrympleAuthor of Return of A King

The Hindu Lit for Life is the most impressive of the younger wave of lit fests in South Asia: a terrific festival with an inspired programme and fabulous audiences.

 

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Naomi Wolf
Naomi WolfAuthor of The Beauty Myth

The Hindu Lit for Life is one of the most exciting, inspiring literary festivals I have ever attended! With its combination of world literary figures, Indian luminaries and dynamic students, it hosts conversations that simply cannot be found anywhere else. A transformational event in a country that is going from strength ...

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Jung Chang
Jung ChangAuthor of Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China
I love this festival. Chennai, the tropical South Indian city, combines the enchanting old and the vibrant new. The readers are enthusiastic and appreciative -- and our hosts/organisers are most warm and thoughtful.

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Vikram Seth
Vikram SethAuthor of A Suitable Boy & The Rivered Earth

I greatly enjoyed The Hindu Lit for Life festival, which I attended a few years ago, and I wish it every continuing success.

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Gopalkrishna Gandhi
Gopalkrishna GandhiFormer Governor of West Bengal & Author of My Dear Bapu

Attending The Hindu Lit for Life has, invariably, been a pleasure and very often, an exhilaration. Rarely, if ever, has it caught me suppressing a yawn or swallowing an “Uff”! This is because the most careful thought has gone into crafting the fest's content and the most rigorous standards have ...

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