The Eleventh Edition of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest
Monday, November 16th to Sunday, November 22nd 2020

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There’s Always Room For Rumi

  • Sunday, 22nd Nov
  • 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm IST

Caught in all the negative currents that seem to swirl around us these days – uncertainty fear and sorrow created by the pandemic; bigotry, abuse and hatred on various platforms – many human hearts and minds cry out for solace and healing. The words of the divine poet Rumi are a balm for our times, with even large numbers of young people being drawn to his universal message of love and serenity. To read him is to be transported to a higher realm far above the toil and troubles of the world. His legacy of peace and goodness will always shine a bright gleam of hope through the darkest clouds.


Session presented by Mariwala Charities


Farrukh Dhondy

Farrukh Dhondy is a writer of fiction, non-fiction, screenplays, stage plays, TV, a translator of sorts and even a journalist.

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Ranjit Hoskote

Ranjit Hoskote is a poet, translator, cultural theorist and curator based in Bombay. He curated India’s first-ever national pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2011).

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Arshia Sattar

Arshia Sattar has a Ph.D. in classical Indian literatures from the University of Chicago. She works with epic, myth and the story telling traditions of South Asia, most closely with the Valmiki Ramayana.

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