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Author & columnist
Academic & author
Author & journalist

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Tuesday Tue, 21 Jan 2020


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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What’s your mother tongue? What’s your lingua franca? How do you use English? Do you mix a little Hindi or Kannada with it? Or do you “Swalpa Adjust maadi?”
This panel discussion based on author Kalpana Mohan’s book by the same title, explores how we Indians have changed and bent the English language into our own.


Kalpana Mohan

Author & columnist

Kalpana Mohan’s stories, commentaries and humor columns have appeared in national and regional publications in the United States. A monthly columnist for India Currents Magazine, Kalpana’s columns, titled “On Inglish” and “Desi Lens”, were consistently rated among “the most read” in the magazine. A feature she wrote for India Currents won her a New America Media prize; several of her columns won the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club prize. In 2011, Kalpana won a first prize—and the attention of a literary agent—at a competition at Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park for the best one-minute book pitch; it catalyzed some of her book-length writing projects based on India. 

Her first book, ‘Daddykins’, a memoir about the last two years with her ailing father, was published in September 2018 by Bloomsbury. Kalpana’s second book narrates the story of the English language in India. Titled ‘An English Made in India: How a foreign language became local, it was published by Aleph Book Company in September 2019.

V Raghunathan

Academic & author

Raghu is Director, Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto for their India campus in Hyderabad. He is a former professor of finance, IIM, Ahmedabad, former President, ING Vysya Bank and former CEO, GMR Foundation. Raghu is also an author and columnist, with 15 books and over 600 articles and papers. He has probably the country’s largest collection of old and ancient Indian locks.



Shoba Narayan

Author & journalist

Shoba Narayan is the author of four books and a columnist with Hindustan Times Brunch magazine. She writes about food, travel, fashion, art and culture for many national and international publications. She is the overseas correspondent for Radio New Zealand. She has taught at IIM-Bangalore and the Indian Institute of Science. Besides writing, she watches birds, quaffs wine, and enjoys gadgets. Her lifelong mission is to get fit without exercising and lose weight without dieting.