It has been exactly a year since we held our last Author Evening, a monthly series of quiet meditative conversations organised by our team at The Bookshop, inviting authors of great perceptive intellect (the likes of which included Arundhati Roy, Tony Joseph, Manoranjan Byapari, Molly Crabapple, Shubhangi Swarup, Shashi Tharoor, Pradip Krishen, Prerna Singh Bindra, Akshaya Mukul, Archana Pidathala and so many more) to hold court here.

In October 2019, we hosted Snigdha Poonam for a conversation with Manvi Sinha about her book Dreamers, an evening spent discovering the varied aspirations of young Indians across small town India hoping to find a place in this country of fraught identities. We never thought it would be the last of our book events for a long time to come.

When we look back on it now, it seems quite coincidental to have had that as the last of our gatherings at The Bookshop. From November onwards, the country swung into seemingly pandemonic, albeit deeply introspective motion. Much like most people, eager and willing to bear witness to their times, we too found ourselves listening to what our community had to say about the world they imagine for themselves, from all parts of the country. It was...

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