Testimonials

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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Amandeep Sandhuauthor of Roll of Honour (shortlisted for The Hindu Prize 2013)
The Hindu Lit for Life 2014 was a brilliantly curated festival and I was honoured to be invited for it. I was impressed by the hospitality, the format of the talks, the galaxy of people I had the chance to meet, the lovely music and books as gifts, overall, the ...

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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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Anees Salimauthor of Vanity Bagh (winner of The Hindu Prize 2013)
For me, Lit for Life 2014 was a catalyst for change. It changed the way readers look at my books. It also changed the way I look at my own writing. To begin with, I did not expect to win this award – such was the quality of books mine ...

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Anita Ratnamdancer, choreographer and writer
The once glorious practice of reading a book has dwindled greatly. With life streamed onto handhelds, it is always reaffirming to see so many young people excited about the world of authors and writing. The Hindu lit fest brought an international roster of speakers and publications to their 2013 event ...

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Ashwin Sanghiauthor of The Krishna Key & Private India (with James Patterson)
I was delighted to be part of The Hindu Lit for Life 2014. This is one festival that is truly about books, writers and readers without any other bells and whistles. Almost stark in its simplicity, The Hindu Lit for Life is a refreshing change from the usual lit fest ...

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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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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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Ira Trivediauthor of India in Love: Sex, Marriage & Intimacy in Our Cities
The Hindu Lit for Life is one of the most well organised, well curated literature festivals that I have been to. It's a must-do on India's literary calendar. It was a pleasure to attend and I hope to be there again very soon!

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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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K Satchidanandanpoet and writer, author of While I Write: New and Selected Poems
The Hindu’s literature festival stands apart from most other such events in India by its sheer seriousness, the relevance of the themes it takes up for discussion and the total involvement of its eminent participants and the eager audience.The special function to present The Hindu Prize for Best Fiction lends ...

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Kavery Nambisanauthor of A Town Like Ours
I have attended the Hindu Literary Festival twice and found it to be an excellent platform for anyone interested in literature. The atmosphere is both congenial and stimulating. I particularly like the local flavour of the festival and the opportunity to interact with and listen to writers and thinkers whom ...

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Manjul Bajajauthor of Another Man’s Wife (shortlisted for The Hindu Prize 2013)
I have been following The Hindu Prize with interest from its year of inception. I think each year the shortlist does a wonderful job of showcasing Indian fiction which apart from being well written is also more rooted in and reflective of our concerns and history as a nation. ...

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Manu Josephauthor of The Illicit Happiness of Other People (shortlisted for The Hindu Prize 2013) and winner of The Hindu Literary Prize 2010
No other Indian literary award is as influential and useful as The Hindu Prize. I urge The Hindu to enhance the prestige and the credibility of the prize by making the deliberations of the jury public. This would become a unique form of literary criticism. Also, there is simply no ...

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Naresh Fernandesauthor of City Adrift
I greatly enjoyed the passion that characterised The Hindu lit fest. It was very stimulating -- and not a little daunting -- to appear in front of such a literate, large audience. My best wishes for the 2015 edition.

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Rahul Bhattacharyaauthor of The Sly Company of People Who Care (winner of The Hindu Literary Prize 2011)
I enjoyed The Hindu's literature festival a lot. The audiences are large and kind, and the prize is a wonderful, generous thing.

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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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Sonora Jhaauthor of Foreign (shortlisted for The Hindu Prize 2013)
It was an honor to have Foreign shortlisted for The Hindu Prize last year alongside such remarkable fiction from four stellar writers. The Hindu Lit for Life festival was a highlight of my journey with Foreign, and, given that I live outside the country, it gave me the chance to ...

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Stephen Alter author of The Rataban Betrayal
The Hindu Lit for Life festival in 2014 was a pleasure to attend. It was extremely well organized, with outstanding speakers and a wonderfully eclectic set of topics. Chennai welcomed us all from far and wide, and it was wonderful to be amongst people who love literature. I wish you ...

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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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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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Farah Ghuznaviauthor of Fragments of Riversong
It was a marvellous experience to be part of The Hindu Lit for Life 2013, not only because of the spectacular literary lineup, but also the sheer diversity of the topics covered - from debate and discussions about fiction and poetry, to the insights provided by journalists and thinkers, to ...

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Jerry Pintoauthor of Em and the Big Hoom & winner of The Hindu Literary Prize 2012
The Hindu Lit for Life festival means a great deal to me. It was a beautifully arranged festival when I attended but what was most important was that the audience was there for the books and the words in them and not for a spectacle. There were engaged and intense ...

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Sidin Vadukutauthor of the Dork trilogy
The Hindu Lit for Life festival in 2013 was a thorough delight in every way I can think of. I made lots of great friends, interacted with many readers, and struck acquaintances with other writers that I cherish and maintain to this day. It’s a proper literary festival that celebrates ...

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