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I don't believe in feminism but femininity: Author Koral Dasgupta

Author Koral Dasgupta, who was the guest at the latest session of An Author's Afternoon organised by Prabha Khaitan Foundation and presented by Shree Cement last week, spoke about her latest book Ahalya. IBNS correspondent Souvik Ghosh brings excerpts

Kashmir would not have been part of India without Sardar Patel's effort: Historian-journalist Hindol Sengupta

Historian-journalist Hindol Sengupta was the guest at  An Author's Afternoon session organised virtually by Prabha Khaitan Foundation and presented by Shree Cement on Sept 12. In a conversation with host Oindrilla Dutta, Sengupta spoke about his book The Man Who Saved India and its central character Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. India Blooms correspondent Souvik Ghosh brings excerpts

Institutions of the country in trouble, not seen even in Emergency: Author Nilanjana S Roy

Journalist-turned author Nilanjana S Roy was in conversation with Malika Varma of Ehsaas Women at a virtual session of An Author's Afternoon- organised by Prabha Khaitan Foundation and presented by Shree Cement- just ahead of India's 74th Independence Day. India Blooms correspondent Souvik Ghosh brings excerpts of the conversation  where Nilanjana spoke about Kolkata, books and democracy in India

Literature and epics always had symbiotic relationship: Author Kavita Kane

Author Kavita Kane, who is credited for mythological fictions like 'The Karna's Wife', 'Sita's Sister', was the guest at a virtual An Author's Afternoon session organised by Prabha Khaitan Foundation and presented by Shree Cement on Jul 28. India Blooms correspondent Souvik Ghosh brings excerpts of an interaction where Kavita spoke about the blending of literature and epics

Very perception of wedding will change in post-Covid era: Author Amita Sahaya

Author Amita Sahaya was present at An Author's Afternoon session presented by Shree Cement Ltd and organised by the Prabha Khaitan Foundation in June through Zoom. Sahaya, whose present book 'The Shaadi Story' examines the Indian wedding through a socio-economic and gendered prism, during an interaction with author Kiran Manral, spoke how marriage has been an integral part of a woman's life and how it is changing. India Blooms correspondent Souvik Ghosh brings excerpts

Girls of Mumbaistan result of my understanding of women: Author Piyush Jha

Filmmaker-author Piyush Jha was the guest at the latest edition of An Author's Afternoon presented by Shree Cement Ltd and organised by the Prabha Khaitan Foundation in May. Jha during an online conversation with filmmaker Arindam Sil spoke about his latest book Girls of Mumbaistan, women, transgender and his genre of crime-fiction. India Blooms correspondent Souvik Ghosh brings excepts of the conversation

Yoga works on a subtle level because we are all energy: Bijoylaxmi Hota

Reputed yoga therapist Bijoylaxmi Hota was the chief guest at An Author's Afternoon  organised by the Prabha Khaitan Foundation. With the nation under lockdown, the session was conducted online instead of in Kolkata. IBNS-TWF correspondent Souvik Ghosh brings excerpts of the Zoom interaction with the writer of All About Weight Loss

Yoga in Calcutta is a totally different orientation: Jerome Armstrong

American political strategist, entrepreneur and author Jerome Armstrong was the guest at An Author's Afternoon presented by Shree Cement Ltd and organised by the Prabha Khaitan Foundation in association with Taj Bengal Kolkata last month. In an interaction with yoga coach Varuna Shunglu, Armstrong spoke about his book Calcutta Yoga and his journey to publish the book. IBNS-TWF correspondent Souvik Ghosh brings excerpts

We should teach men in our lives: Author Aparna Jain on sexual harassment towards women

Author, leadership coach and marketing consultant Aparna Jain was the guest at An Author's Afternoon presented by Shree Cement Ltd and organised by the Prabha Khaitan Foundation in association with Taj Bengal Kolkata early this month. At a receding winter evening, Jain in a candid chat shared her experience of writing her book Boys Will Be Boys, sexual harassment at workplaces, #MeToo and much more. IBNS correspondent Souvik Ghosh brings a glimpse of the chat

Dust Under Her Feet is a result of my American and Bengali identities: Author Sharbari Ahmed

On a winter evening in Kolkata, author Sharbari Ahmed was the guest at An Author's Afternoon presented by Shree Cement Ltd and organised by the Prabha Khaitan Foundation in association with Taj Bengal Kolkata. IBNS correspondent Souvik Ghosh brings excerpts of her extensive conversation on her book Dust Under Her Feet , a tale of wartime Calcutta in 1940s

Prioritisation helps in balancing corporate job and writing: Christopher C Doyle

Author-musician Christopher C Doyle, a busy person in corporate sector, was the guest at An Author's Afternoon  organised by the Prabha Khaitan Foundation  in Kolkata. During his interaction with Anjum Katyal for about an hour, Doyle spoke about his book The Mahabharata Quest Series, his creation Quest Club, balancing corporate job and writing and how his daughter was an inspiration for his venturing into the authors' world. Souvik Ghosh brings the excerpts of the conversation.

All stories about Lord Ayyappa are actually putting pressure on heterosexuality: Madhavi Menon

Writer and academician Madhavi Menon was in Kolkata recently to speak about her new book 'Infinite Variety: A History of Desire in India'. From Lord Ayyappa to various forms of desires that centres around sexuality, the nearly hour-long discussion made  An Author's Afternoon event a fascinating journey for the audience.  IBNS correspondent Supriyo Hazra brings excerpts of the conversation at the event presented by Shree Cement Ltd and organised by the Prabha Khaitan Foundation in association with Taj Bengal, Kolkata.

Empowered, joyous and liberated at 50 than ever before: Sudha Menon

Journalist-author Sudha Menon was the guest at An Author's Afternoon presented by Shree Cement Ltd and organised by the Prabha Khaitan Foundation in association with Taj Bengal Kolkata in September. During her interaction for about an hour, Menon spoke about her book Feisty At Fifty and her life at this age. IBNS correspondent Souvik Ghosh brings excerpts

Every single question in media turns into whataboutery nowadays: Sandeep Bhushan

Journalist Sandeep Bhushan, author of  The Indian Newsroom, was the guest at An Author's Afternoon presented by Shree Cement Ltd and organised by the Prabha Khaitan Foundation in association with Taj Bengal Kolkata this month. As he was interacting with media personality Ratnottama Sengupta, Bhushan spoke about the changing styles of Indian media over the years and why he quit his job in 2012. IBNS correspondent Souvik Ghosh brings excerpts

Paying condolence to Lt. Ummer Fayaz's family was the most painful moment: Bhaavna Arora

Author Bhaavna Arora spent six months in dire situation of Kashmir for her research work to write Undaunted: Lt. Ummer Fayaz of Kashmir, a book on the life of Lt. Ummer Fayaz who was abducted and killed by militants in 2017. Being the guest at An Author's Afternoon presented by Shree Cement Ltd and organised by the Prabha Khaitan Foundation in association with Taj Bengal Kolkata this month, Arora spoke about her roller coaster ride in writing the book.  IBNS correspondent Souvik Ghosh bring excerpts