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10 authors, their work, an enthralled audience

An eclectic mix of 10 authors, carefully chosen from across India and beyond, from countries such as Belgium and Denmark, held a small and perceptive audience entranced as they read out short stories and passages from their novels at Rampart Row on Tuesday evening.

mumbai Updated: Feb 11, 2015 00:40 IST
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Mumbai
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An eclectic mix of 10 authors, carefully chosen from across India and beyond, from countries such as Belgium and Denmark, held a small and perceptive audience entranced as they read out short stories and passages from their novels at Rampart Row on Tuesday evening.

While some authors chose stories that were personal and partly autobiographical, written decades ago, others chose from their best work, far removed from their personal lives.

Together, they made for a riveting collection at the Rampart Row Readings, organised as part of the literature section of the Hindustan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Festival.

K Srilata, professor of English studies at IIT-Madras, a poet and novelist, read out her short story titled Cousin. It is set in a university and sees the narrator unknowingly meet someone who turns out to be a cousin.

The story, the writer said, was written a decade ago.

“I never went back to it. But, oddly, it is this story that I feel inclined to read today,” she said.

If Srilatha story’s touched an emotional chord with the audience, Siddharth Bhatia’s reading from his book India Psychedelic: The Story of a Rocking Generation drew hearty chuckles.

“Although I joined in late, I enjoyed myself thoroughly. The mix of Indian and foreign authors was interesting. I particularly enjoyed the bits about Bombay of the ’60s and ’70s from Bhatia’s reading,” said Shashi Shankar, 59, an executive with a telecom company who attended the event.