Penguin’s Literary Festival Closes on a Poetic Note with Gulzar




                        The 3rd edition of Spring Fever 2012, the annual literature festival of Penguin Books – the largest publisher in India, concluded in Delhi on a high note last evening with the legendary veteran poet and lyricist ‘Gulzar’ reading out his best poems from his recently launched book ‘Neglected Poems’.

“Epics may seem distant from our modern-day lives, but that is not right. After Pawan wrote this episode from the Mahabharat in relevance with people`s lives today, I realised it should reach out to more people,” saidGulzar at the reading session on the finale evening of Penguin Spring Fever 2012.

He added that “Translations are very important these days, since an average person can only know 2-3 three languages. We have so many languages in India and poems are being written in as many of them. Also, a translator should be well-versed in both languages, the original and the one in which he is translating.”


Penguin Spring Fever 2012 saw the best of Penguin authors including Vikram Seth, Shashi Tharoor, Anupam Kher, Raghav Bhal, Devdutt Pattanaik, Gurcharan Das, Rahul Bhattacharya and Anjum Hasan. Amongst the new authors who gained the audience attention were Nistula Hebbar, Ravinder Singh, Madhuri Banerjee, Chanchaldeep Sandhu. The literary festival also included new book launches and previews such as Shashi Tharoor’s ‘Pax Indica’, Amit Chaudhuri’s ‘Calcutta’, ‘India Grows at Night’by Gurcharan Das, ‘The Rivered Earth’ by Vikram Seth amongst others.

The topics covered during the ten day festival varied from ‘Sex and romance outside the bedroom’ to the New Indian Consumer’.  A unique Bollywood quiz got the audience thrilled with a special round on superstarRajnikanth. And scintillating performances by bands like Faridkot, Vedas and Qawwali kept the visitors at Spring Fever entertained throughout.


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