This year’s edition of Penguin Random House India’s literary festival Spring Fever, now in its eighth year, will take place at the national capital’s India Habitat Centre between March 15-20.
Among the highlights this year is the session ‘The Challenge of Contemporary History’ by historian Ramachandra Guha on March 15, where he will preview his highly anticipated new book Democrats and Dissenters. Acclaimed author Sunil Khilnani will discuss 50 influential Indians who have shaped our history from his new book Incarnations: India in 50 Lives. On March 17, Hussain Haqqani, journalist and former Pakistan ambassador to the US, politician Shashi Tharoor, diplomat TCA Raghavan and journalist Hindol Sengupta will be in discussion on the topic ‘Pakistan is in the eye of the beholder’. There is also a session by author, public speaker and social entrepreneur Srijan Pal Singh on the legacy and teachings of late former president APJ Abdul Kalam.
There’s a lot to look forward to for Bollywood fans as well, as actors Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Twinkle Khanna, Emraan Hashmi and Sonali Bendre Behl are all set to appear this year. While Siddique will talk about his life and journey in the world of cinema, Kundra will participate in a discussion on staying fit and healthy with yoga expert Payal Gidwani Tiwari and nutrition and fitness expert Luke Coutinho. Hashmi, who has a forthcoming book, and Behl, who has recently penned The Modern Gurukul, will take part in a session on parenting. Bestselling author Twinkle Khanna will talk about her book Mrs Funnybones.
The festival will conclude with ‘Kitaabein’, a session by poet, lyricist and film director Gulzar, where he will talk about books, literature and poetry. Throughout the duration of Spring Fever, visitors can browse through books at the ‘open-air library’ at the amphitheatre, featuring a wide range of Penguin Random House India titles. In the evenings, the space will be transformed into a hub of literary bustle, featuring authors, previews of forthcoming books, panel discussions, etc, followed by musical performances.