India Beyond Technology and Yoga: The Power of Literature in a Globalizing World

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Columbia University presents an engaging panel discussion about the global influence and impact of Indian Literature, featuring bestselling Indian authors Vikas Swarup (Slumdog Millionaire), Pankaj Mishra (From The Ruins of Empire), Suketu Mehta (Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found), and Urvashi Butalia (The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India).

The Miller Theatre, Columbia University
2960 Broadway at West 116th Street
New York City
FREE and Open to the Public

Modern technology and the Internet have created an easily navigable and fluid global culture, where information is accessible, languages are translated and customs are transmitted globally and daily via smartphones and other devices. Yet today more than ever, authors who write in languages other than English oftentimes find themselves as isolated from the mainstream as they ever were. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in India where some 700 languages are spoken and 86 different scripts are used.

Join a fascinating conversation on the unprecedented role Indian authors play in the representation of India and its image around the world on MONDAY OCTOBER 27 at 7PM at the Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway at West 116th Street in New York City.

This FREE event features Vikas Swarup whose book Slumdog Millionaire has been translated into 42 languages and whose big screen adaptation grossed $375 million at the box office; Indian feminist publisher and author of The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India, Urvashi Butalia; author of From The Ruins of Empire and public intellectual Pankaj Mishra, who the Economist says is the heir to Edward Said; and Suketu Mehta, whose Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize. These award-winning writers will be in conversation with Vishakha Desai, Special Advisor for Global Affairs to the President of Columbia University and Professor of Professional Practice at the School of International and Public Affairs.

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