Writers, Etc. – Session 29

Date(s) - 09/04/2014
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

M L Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Francaise de Delhi


Alliance Française de Delhi, Institut Français en Inde


The French Embassy in India


Writers, Etc. – Session 29

Vaiju Naravane

in conversation with

Pavan K. Varma

Wednesday, 9th April 2014, 6.30pm

M. L. Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance française de Delhi

Writers, Etc is our literary platform: a space where the written word gets primacy, where written ideas and their practitioners can interact with each other and the general public, coming together to ask pertinent questions and seek their answers: what role does literature play in contemporary societies? How do writers see their responsibilities vis-à-vis the public and, turning that over, how do we see writers? How has the written word adapted to its place among the growing pantheon of varied and addictive forms of cultural transmission? The aim is to encourage a discovery, unencumbered by genre, of all the written oeuvres, ranging from living legends to new and emerging talent.

 For our twenty ninth session, we are very delighted to invite Vaiju Naravane in conversation with Pavan K. Varma. 


Vaiju Naravane is the The Hindu’s Europe correspondent. She is also a lecturer,  and broadcaster and is Foreign Fiction Editor with the French publishing house Albin Michel where she has published authors like Vikram Seth, Manil Suri, Alan Hollinghurst, Esther Freud, Daniel Alarcon, Anita Nair and  Anita Brookner among others.

Pavan K. Varma

 Writer-diplomat Pavan K. Varma joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1976. He has been Press Secretary to the President of India, the Spokesman of the Ministry of External Affairs, etc., and has now joined as Advisor (Culture) to Shri Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister of Bihar, with the rank of Cabinet Minister. A writer of depth and insight, he has written over a dozen books including Becoming Indian: The Unfinished Revolution of Culture and Identity (Penguin-Allen Lane, 2010) and When Loss is Gain (Rupa Books, 2012), currently on the ‘Best Sellers’ list in India. Mr. Varma has also translated the poetry of Kaifi Azmi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and Gulzar, all published by Penguin.

 Click here to download invite