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Fear, brutal oppression, violent justice… Are these natural corollaries to the ‘development’ we see around us? Is such ‘progress’ desirable? Set amidst the clash between adivasis, naxalites, the CRPF and a mining company, Devashish Makhija’s acclaimed film-to-Young Adult novel Oonga (recently released at the Jaipur Literature Festival) provokes these and other questions. A compelling conversation with Devashish and journalist Kaveree Bamzai, moderated by writer Devika Cariapa.
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Tulika Publishers have created a special discount code for anyone who would like to purchase the book before the session. You can use the code “OONGA” and get a 15% discount.
Devashish Makhija has researched and assisted on the films Black Friday and Bunty aur Babli. He has written numerous screenplays, notably Anurag Kashyap’s yet-to-be-made superhero saga Doga, has had a solo art show Occupying Silence, written a collection of short stories Forgetting, the forthcoming book of poems Disengaged, the bestselling children’s books When Ali became Bajrangbali and Why Paploo was perplexed, and been featured in numerous anthologies including Mumbai Noir, Penguin First Proof and the Sahitya Akademi’s Modern English Poetry. He has also written and directed the multiple award-winning short films Taandav, El’ayichi, Agli Baar, Rahim Murge pe mat ro (Don’t cry for Rahim LeCock), Absent, Happy, and the critically acclaimed full-length feature films Ajji (Granny) and Bhonsle. His films have competed and won awards at the international film festivals of Rotterdam, Gothenberg, Beaune, Black Nights, Busan, Glasgow, Tampere, MOMA, APSA, Barcelona, and Singapore, amongst many others. Oonga, a feature film he wrote and directed in 2013, never released in Indian theatres despite a critically acclaimed film festival run, so he reverse-adapted it into a gripping novel.
Kaveree Bamzai is an independent journalist. She was the first, and so far, only woman Editor of India Today, where she was employed till January 2019. She is the author of Bollywood Today, No Regrets: The Guilt-Free Woman’s Guide to a Good Life and two monographs in the Zubaan series on Women in Indian Film. She is on several committees, among them the Women Exemplar Committee of CII, and is recognised as a changemaker by Save the Children charity.
Devika Cariapa is an award-winning children’s author who uses her background in history and archaeology to creatively communicate with a young audience.
Her first book, India Through Archaeology: Excavating History (Tulika Publishers), encourages children to explore stories from Indian history through the lens of archaeology. It was awarded the Hindu Young World-Goodbooks Award 2018 and the Sahitya Akademi’s Bal Sahitya Puraskar 2019. She is also the author of India Through People: 25 Game Changers (Tulika Publishers) about the courageous men and women who left an imprint on the course of modern India, The Adventures of the Kohinoor (Juggernaut), an adaptation of William Dalrymple and Anita Anand’s book Kohinoor, and Uncle Nehru, Please Send an Elephant, a picture book for younger readers on Nehru’s ‘elephant diplomacy’.