Monday, 28 October 2013

Jerry Pinto's COBALT BLUE short listed for DSC Prize

Jerry Pinto is one of the featured author at LITERATI 2013.  And it makes us feel proud that the book, COBALT BLUE which he translated has been short listed in the DSCPrize for South AsianLiterature.  

Jerry Pinto would be reading excerpts from COBALT BLUE, at LITERATI 2013. 

Jerry Pinto is a Mumbai-based author and journalist. He has written and edited several books. His Helen: The Life and Times of an H-Bomb (Penguin India) won the National Award for the Best Book on Cinema. His first novel Em and the Big Hoom (Aleph Book Company) won the Hindu Lit for Life award last year. He has translated Sachin Kundalkar's novel Cobalt Blue (Penguin) into English. His next book is the much-anticipated Maps of a Mortal Moon: Essays and Entertainments by Adil Jussawalla, a volume he has edited. He teaches journalism at the Sophia Institute of Social Communications Media and is on the board of MelJol, an NGO that works in the sphere of child rights.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Literati on the move

Just click this QR code and get CLS updates on your mobile.  At the moment this is an android app workable on most of the smart phones with web browsers.  Very soon we shall have the iphone version too.

Just shoot the QR code image here with your mobile phone's camera or simply go to the link to download the LITERATI app for regular updates.

Register for participation. 

Sunday, 13 October 2013

A Quick Overview of What we do at CLS

Here's a quick overview of CLS activities since March 2012.
And more exciting times are ahead with the Literati-2013 around the corner.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Volunteer Yourself Now.

Become a part of the LITERATI's VOLUNTEER Team.

Chandigarh Literary Society invites students, housewives, professionals, or for that matter, anyone who would like to share the work load with us in organising this mega literary event in your city beautiful.

Please Register Yourself Now.   Click the Link here and enter your details.

We shall be getting in touch with all those who register as Volunteers for a meeting at the venue - the Lake Club - for orientation. 

Friday, 4 October 2013

Literati : An admixture of Serious and Popular Literature

Literati 2013 being organised by the Chandigarh Literary Society on 23-24 November 2013 has some of the most celebrated names of literateurs participating.

There is four generation of writers from the most established authors to the younger ones who would be sharing their writings and eliciting debate and discussion with the informed readers of the city in this two-days literary extravaganza.

Here are two videos of the Press Conference and of an interview with CLS Chairperson Ms Sumita Misra on one of the news channels, TNM

Get ready for the action. More details are available on our website Chandigarh Literati

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Chandigarh Literary Fest in November

Chandigarh Literary Society (CLS) in association with Chandigarh Administration is hosting the region’s first mega literary festival, Literati 2013, on 23-24 November
With an amazing line-up of internationally renowned authors, exclusive performances by specially commissioned artists, interspersed with topical debates and discussions across varied literary genres, the city shall be the destination of choice for literature lovers, informed Ms. Sumita Misra, Chairperson of CLS addressing the media here today.

Some of the authors who have confirmed their participation in Literati 2013 include Bhaskar Ghose,  Prasoon Joshi,  Ashok Vajpeyi, Kishwar Desai,  Madhu Kishwar,  Gul Panag, Meghna Pant,  Rajeev Dubey,  Rahul Bose,  Jerry Pinto, Jaspreet Singh,  Mohyna Srinivasan, Nandita C Puri,  Paro Anand,  Krishna Shastri,  Jai Arjun Singh,  Manjula Rana,  Govind Mishra,  Bubbu Tir,  Gyan Prakash Vivek ,  Abhisar Sharma,  Irshad Kamil,  Upamanyu Chatterjee,  Gobind Mishra,  Rahul Pandita,  and Ashwin Sanghi.

The Literati would have sessions for English, Hindi and Panjabi literature with some interesting sessions like ‘Exotica is the New Erotica’, ‘The Four Letter Words: All Betweeen Love & Hate’, ‘Women and the Paradox of the Modernity’, ‘Dissent, Discourse & Diaspora’, ‘Religion and Politics: Oxygen or Position?’, to name just a few.

Several book launches are also planned during Literati, including ‘Helium’ by Jaspreet Singh, and Manisha Gangahar’s ‘Kashmir’s Narratives of Conflict’.

The Team Literati2013 also unveiled the website ( which would keep the literary-connoisseurs informed about the programme as they unfold during the event.
“We are also registering volunteers from the city who would take care of various logistics support for the event, though we have already received an encouraging response from the students,” informed Mr Vivek Atray.

The sprawling lakeside lawns of Lake Club will be transformed to a literary village with bookstalls, paintings, photographs and handicrafts display, live artists at work, coffee corners, and food stalls.

Noted Hindi author Mr. Madhav Kaushik, Secretary of CLS said that this literary festival is celebration of creativity to encourage and inspire young writers in this region and this annual event shall grow into bigger format in future.

Since its formation in 2012, CLS has activated the Chandigarh literary scene by hosting some of the celebrated authors including Anupam Kher, Navtej Sarna, Pavan Varma, Ketan Bhagat, Yousuf Saeed to name just a few, besides organizing various workshops for budding authors, and short-story and poetry writing competitions, added Ms Misra.

This shall be an annual signature event of CLS and the next one would be in much larger dimensions, she informed.