Testimonials

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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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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Colin ThubronBritish travel writer and novelist, author of To a Mountain in Tibet
The Hindu Lit for Life literature festival in Chennai was one of the liveliest and most attractive of my experience. It was heartening to find the written word so loved, discussed and celebrated.

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Abraham Verghese
author of Cutting for Stone
The Hindu Lit for Life festival was simply the best! It ran like clockwork, the sessions were packed, the content world class and the audience could not have been more engaged. To pull off such a grand event while keeping it intimate is the real miracle. I am now a ...

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Amit Chaudhuriauthor of Odysseus Abroad
The Hindu Lit for Life festival is enlivened by its large, informed audiences. From the point of view of the participant, it's also probably the best-organised literary festival in India.

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Ahdaf SoueifAuthor of Cairo: A City Transformed
I had a brilliant time at the Hindu Lit for Life Festival 2015 - a festival that truly celebrated books and ideas. Large, engaged audiences with challenging questions, excellent organisation, congenial company and an enchanting location. What more could one want?

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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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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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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 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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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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