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Author & Columnist

Date & Time

Tue, 16 Jun 2020



Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

Bestselling author Chetan Bhagat talks to Journalist Shrabonti Bagchi about the COVID-19 pandemic, his reactions to it as a writer, and about the future of books and publishing beyond 2020.

This is the first podcast in a new WorldLit series, a collaboration between the Bangalore Literature Festival and the Bangalore International Centre.

In this episode of BIC Talks, Chetan Bhagat talks to Shrabonti Bagchi about his reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ways in which it is changing the world around us. How does the life of a successful writer change during a pandemic, and how are the current and long-term impacts of the pandemic influence fiction? What is the future of publishing, literature festivals, book launches, and books and entertainment in general?

Chetan Bhagat is the author of eight novels and three non-fiction books, most recently, The Girl in Room 105 (Westland 2018) and India Positive (Westland 2019). Shrabonti Bagchi is a journalist based in Bangalore, and currently the National Features Editor at Mint.

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Chetan Bhagat

Author & Columnist

Chetan Bhagat is the bestselling author of novels like ‘Five Point Someone’, ‘The 3 Mistakes of my Life’, ‘2 States’, ‘Half Girlfriend’ and ‘Revolution 2020’. Several of his books have been adapted into iconic and hugely popular movies. He is also a columnist with The Times of India and the author of the non-fiction works ‘What Young India Wants’ and ‘Making India Awesome’. He currently lives in Singapore.

Shrabonti Bagchi


Shrabonti Bagchi is National Features Editor at Mint, where she writes on books, arts and culture, and the intersection of technology and society.