The Dance Center Columbia College Chicago

Eye on India Words on Water Literary Panel


SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2013 * 1:00-4:00PM

A series of three conversations over the afternoon event

SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2013 * 1:00-1:50PM

BULBUL BAHUGUNA  recently launched her first book dealing with the complexity of human relationships, and how childhood experiences shape personalities and subsequently impact our adult lives. The Ghosts That Come Between Us is a first-person narrative that follows the life journey of a girl named Nargis. The story starts in the Himalayas in postindependence India, spans through Communist Russia, and ends in a Chicago suburb in the United States. While the book recounts delightful memories of childhood in the sixties and colorful anecdotes of family travels through young urban and feudal rural India, finding love behind the impervious Iron Curtain, and the adventure and challenge of immigrating to the United States, the book in the main is about Nargis's struggle to escape the confusing relationship with her father, Brigadier Yadav, and forgo the special status she thrived and in which she enjoyed growing up. The closure Nargis strives for, she painfully realizes, has to come from within. Nargis's journey combines the daring straightforwardness of innocent childhood with the poetic eloquence of an adult engaged in hazy reflection.  Dr. Bulbul Bahuguna, M.D. was born in North India. She was admitted to medical school at the acclaimed All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, and, very soon thereafter, chosen to study medicine in Moscow, USSR, on a Government of India Full-Merit Scholarship. She completed her residency in psychiatry at Northwestern University.

VALERIE LEWIS defines global citizenship.  She was born and grew up in the U.K.  In the sixties, as a member of the British Peace Corps, she taught geography at a girls' secondary school in Ghana and later in Argentina.  In 1970, she spent six months teaching English in Japan.  Valerie's love for travel, place and linguistics is evident in her work as the editor of the award winning book One World - A View of Seven Continents, authored by her husband Michael S Lewis, M.D. Valerie Lewis has known Bulbul Bahuguna for over seven years and is intimately familiar with the birth and the growth of The Ghosts That Come Between Us.


SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2013 * 2:00-2:50PM

SUDEEP CHAKRAVARTI is the author of Red Sun: Travels in Naxalite Country (2008, 2009), a work of narrative non-fiction about India’s ongoing Maoist rebellion that was short-listed for the Vodafone Crossword Non-fiction Award 2008. He is also the author of three novels. Tin Fish, his best-selling debut novel, was published in 2005; it was republished by HarperCollins in 2011. The Avenue of Kings, the sequel, was published to critical acclaim in 2010. His third novel, Once Upon a Time in Aparanta (2008), a dark satire, will soon be republished as an e-book. Sudeep attended Mayo College, Ajmer, and St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. He began a career in journalism at The Asian Wall Street Journal, and subsequently held senior positions at SundayIndia Today and HT Media. His media writing has been widely published, including in India TodayAWSJ, The Outlook Group of Publications, Hindustan TimesMintForbes,Business WorldDie ZeitRolling Stone and OPEN. His short fiction, and essays on conflict, are included in several collections. Sudeep is a professional member of the World Future Society, Washington DC, and member of Coastal Impact, a not-for-profit he co-founded with fellow scuba diving enthusiasts. He lives in Goa.

TOREY MALATIA  is the Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Public Media and serves as the President of the Board of Directors of Chicago Public Media, Incorporated.  Torey is the leader of the institution responsible for the fulfillment of its stated public mission, its editorial integrity, its fiscal health, and the vitality of its role in civic and cultural life. Torey joined the staff of Chicago Public Media in July 1993 as Vice President of Programming, and was soon appointed station manager in 1995. In 1996, he became President and General Manager. In 1995, he co-founded, with Ira Glass, This American Life, a weekly radio series for which Glass and Malatia jointly received a George Foster Peabody Award in 1996.  He received the 2003 Public Radio International (PRI) Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  In 2001, he was inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame as the first not-for-profit representative to receive this honor.

SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2013 * 3:00-3:50PM

AMISH TRIPATHI is the author of the bestselling Shiva Trilogy, a fantasy re-imagining of the Indian deity Shiva's life and adventures.  Tripathi was inspired by his religious family and became a devoted worshiper of Shiva himself while writing the series.  The first installment, The Immortals of Meluha, was published in 2010.  They have since become one of the most successful book series in the history of Indian publishing.  The film rights for the series have recently been purchased by Dharma Productions. Tripathi has received a grant for his next novel worth approximately $1,000,000.

RICHARD LARIVIERE – President of the Field Museum - was born in Chicago he earned his Doctorate in Sanskrit from the University of Pennsylvania. After spending time in India, Lariviere built an impressive academic career around the country’s languages, histories, religions and culture. He has published articles and several books on Indian legal history. He reads eight languages and speaks French and Hindi. He has conducted research in London, Oxford, Calcutta, Poona Kathmandu, Tokyo, Beijing, Lahore, Munich, Colombo and Madras, and many smaller cities. He had a successful career as a consultant for American and Indian companies in information technology and business process outsourcing. He has also served on corporate boards in the IT industry in Europe and India. Lariviere is a Fellow of the Institute of Innovation, Creativity & Capital in Austin (IC2), a life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain, a life Member of the American Oriental Society, and a Founding Member of the Society for Design and Process Science, and the Chicago Club. He has earned several awards for outstanding contributions, including the Margaret C. Berry Award in 2004 and the Eyes of Texas Award in 2004 and 1993. He was selected by the Royal Dutch Academy to give the annual Gonda Lecture in 1994, and the Collège de France honored him with the status of Professeur étranger in 1996. In 1989, his book on Indian legal procedure was selected as the best book of the year on South Asia by the CESMEO Institute in Torino, Italy.