Litro World Series Goes East with: India


The Litro Magazine World Series brings to Londoners annually a selection of fresh, exciting literary stars and artists from around the globe.


Litro #156: India – Out 1st October 2016!

Now in its fourth year, Litro’s World Series ventures East – with India emerging as the eagerly anticipated next instalment.

Litro #156: India follows hot on the heels of this summer’s highly charged Cuba edition.

Each issue is curated to engage readers with themes that resonate, cross-cultural content while focusing on a specific country and its wider global reach.

October’s India issue explores the diverse and brilliant range of literature from a vast space that can’t simply be contained by geographical or socio-political boundaries.

Litro #156: India will feature a colourful variety of works by novelists, poets, essayists, critics, screenwriters, thought-provocateurs and more. Contributors come from a diverse range of backgrounds including fiction, history, science, politics and diplomacy. Each offers their unique perspective on Indian culture and society, past and present, locally and overseas.

Guest-edited by Shashi Tharoor (politician, writer and diplomat), writers include William Dalrymple (historian, critic, writer and broadcaster), Shauna Singh Baldwin (author of the novel What the Body Remembers) Nikesh Shukla (writer of fiction and television and host of the Subaltern podcast), Shehan Karunatilaka (novelist and writer), Divya Ghelani (writer and screenwriter), Amarjit Chandon (Punjabi poet and essayist), Abraham Verghese (author) and many more.

Litro Live! celebrates the edition on 13th October 2016, with a return special take-over of Waterstones Piccadilly. The India themed evening includes workshops, talks, readings, live music and performances from some of today’s leading writers, artists, dancers and musicians – including a workshop with Jennie Jethwani’s Absolute Bollywood (renowned for their performances at major global events).

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Litro 156: India will be a passionate foray into the literature and arts of this vast country of staggering extremes and myriad legacies. Rich in beauty, mystery, history, thought and tradition.

Writers featured


Shashi Tharoor, an Indian politician and former diplomat, has published 15 bestselling works on India covering its history, culture, film, society, foreign policy and more. His monthly column, India Reawakening, appears in 80 newspapers worldwide. He is also a passionate lecturer and speaker – globally recognized for his contributions on current issues in India.

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A Scottish historian, writer, curator, broadcaster and critic, William Dalrymple regularly publishes essays and books regarding the history of South Asia and the Middle East. Influenced by travel writers such as Byron and Newby, he has also written on his personal journeys in India and Central Asia, making his work relevant in both historical and contemporary areas of literature.


Shauna Singh Baldwin, an Indian born Canadian-American novelist, won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for her novel What the Body Remembers. Her novel, Tiger Claw, was nominated for the Giller Prize. She strives to address issues of multiculturalism and minority experiences, whilst offering outspoken reflections on the traditional society she was raised in.

Abraham Verghese

Abraham Verghese, a physician-author who is well known for his 2009 novel, Cutting for Stone which landed as #2 on the New York Times trade paperback fiction list in 2011. His first book My Own Country was based on his own personal transformation through his work as a doctor. He has now written a total of three best-selling books.

Nikesh Shukla

Nikesh Shukla is a writer of fiction and television and host of the Subaltern podcast. His debut novel, Coconut Unlimited, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2010 and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2011. Meatspace is his second novel.


Shehan Karunatilaka

Shehan Karunatilaka, a Sri Lankan writer who currently resides in Singapore is best known for his novel, Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Matthew which tells the story of an alcoholic journalist to trying to track down a missing cricketer in the 1980s. He cleverly uses cricket as a device to talk about Sri Lankan society as a whole. Karunatilaka is also a musician and plays bass for Sri Lankan bands.


Writer Divya Ghelani, who published her work in The Times and The Bookseller, is currently adapting her historical story, The  Imperial Typewriter, into a short film. She is currently working on her debut novel, RUNAWAY.

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A poet and lawyer, Mona Arshi is an emerging poet whose debut  Small Hands (Liverpool University Press, 2015) won the Forward Prize for best first poetry collection. Her poems often tackle grief, humour and self-awareness, while others draw on cases she worked on as a lawyer.

Amarjit Chandan, a Punjabi poet and essayist writes a variety of world poetry and fiction, often invoking the theme of place in his writing. He often writes about his hometown in the Punjab, Nakoda. Amarjit has been awarded several lifetime achievement awards for his poetry by both the Punjab Government and the Punjab community in Britain.

Tickets to the Litro World Series: India Waterstones take over are available i- store at Waterstones Piccadilly, by telephone 0207 851 2400 or by email:

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