Literary Lounge session 3 - Ruby by Cynthia Bond

Sunday, 17 July 2016 - 4:00pm Bangalore

British Council is delighted to invite you to The Literary Lounge, a series of discussions focused on the six Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction finalists and their shortlisted novels for 2016.

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction (BWPF) is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award for fiction written by a woman. Founded in 1996, the Prize was set up to celebrate excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women throughout the world. The year 2016 saw six Bailey’s finalists with compelling works of fiction including, Ruby by Cynthia Bond, The Green Road by Anne Enright, The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney, The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie, The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild and A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.

Bringing the writings of these authors to connoisseurs of literature in an event hosted by the British Council, Nirmala Govindarajan (journalist/author/poet/theatre artist/documentarian) curates a series of discussions infused with insights on the BWPF 2016 novels by new-age Bangalore authors. Each of the six sessions will include dramatized readings, music befitting the mood of the texts and ensuing interactions. Partnered by Christina Daniels (author/ photographer/ poet/ communications specialist), with support from Yogita Dakshina (student of journalism and international politics, Bournemouth University), these sessions are all about celebrating the writings of the BWPF finalists for 2016.          

The third of this series is on July 17th. Ramjee Chandran (founder and publisher of the international media company, Explocity /jazz musician) will present his insights on Ruby by Cynthia Bond in interaction with Nirmala and Christina. Jatin Prabhu (freelance journalist/writer) and Romal Laisram (editor with the Human Rights Law Network/journalist/dancer/theatre artist/musician) will present dramatized readings from the text. Yogita will present a musical piece to highlight the mood of the novel. 

Event Details

Venue: British Council, 23, Prestige Takt, Kasturba Road Cross, Bengaluru – 560001

RSVP Vani Shivakumar:  or call us at 0120-4569000/6684353 

About the Presenters:

Ramjee Chandran is the founder and publisher of the international media company, Explocity. His career in publishing started in 1989 with a fortnightly city guide. He is also one of the early entrants into the internet space when he launched in 1997. Chandran has also been an active journalist and writer and has won several accolades for his work. The Public Relations Council of India accorded him the Chanakya Award for Innovative Leadership. He is also a jazz guitarist and performs professionally with acclaimed international jazz musicians. Chandran is a writer and social and political humourist. 

Nirmala Govindarajan is the author of The Community Catalyst, a novel inspired by the life experiences of a bureaucrat and published by Sapna Books, will hit the stands shorty this year. She has co-authored two books – Mind Blogs 1.0 and Trailblazers of Bangalore. She has written two socio-political fiction novels, which are up for publication. Nirmala has been involved in literary and cultural activities as curator and co-festival director for the debut Times of India Literary Carnival, Bangalore in January 2014.                                                                                                                                      
Christina Daniels is the author of I'll Do It My Way: The Incredible Journey of Aamir Khan and Ginger Soda Lemon Pop. She is also a photographer, poet and communications specialist. Christina curates the ‘Urban Solace Book Club’ and is the Founder of ‘History In Your Backyard’, a community initiative to help Bangaloreans rediscover the history of their city in everyday spaces.