Banned and Controversial Books Hangout on Clubhouse

25th July 2021
Booknerds Team

The Banned and Controversial Books Hangout saw its return with a makeover!

Banned and Controversial Books Hangout, our annual event where we discuss books that have attracted controversy or have been banned, censored and boycotted, returned with a virtual session on Clubhouse on 25th July 2021 with Niyogi Books joining as the Publishing Partner.

Sharin Bhatti (Co-Founder, Books on Toast), and Trisha Niyogi (Chief Operating Officer and Director, Niyogi Books) joined as guests while Rohan Raj (Co-Founder, Booknerds) served as the moderator of the event.

Among the books discussed in the session were One Part Woman by Perumal Murugan, Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H.Lawrence, Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov and The Adivasi Will Not Dance by Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar.

Speaker Profile: Sharin Bhatti
Sharin is the co-founder of Books on Toast, a popular digital community of readers who curate content around books and associated pop culture. She also co-founded Mumbai's art and culture theatre The Cuckoo Club and a community for artists called HIVE. Currently, Sharin is a media professional by day and consults with brands on content and communication strategies. In another life, she's also been a pop culture journalist and has written for the likes of Indian Express, Hindustan Times, Rolling Stone India, Open Magazine, India Today and Guardian Culture. She's also Literature & Music curator for India Film Project and has been a jury member for JD Rock Awards, The Indies and has spoken at platforms curated by Piramal Art Foundation, The Spoken Fest, NCPA, Firstpost, She The People, Women's Web, Times Now and NDTV.

Speaker Profile: Trisha Niyogi
Trisha De Niyogi is the Chief Operating Officer and Director at Niyogi Books, an homegrown independent publishing house based out of New Delhi, India. In her current role, one of the things she focuses on is business development. While on one hand she has started new lists of fiction, non-fiction and translated books taking literature, art, architecture, history and culture from the Orient to the rest of the globe, on the other, she has been acquiring high quality content from around the world for the Indian subcontinent’s readership as well keeping in mind that publishing must be an inclusive process. It also tries to accommodate voices from both urban and rural India and also from the marginalized section of the society like the dalits, the oppressed and the religious and caste exploitation.

An avid reader, music aficionado and a cultural aesthete, she is a multi-faceted artist from Delhi, who is trained in Bharatnatyam and plays the piano. Filled with energy & an ardent desire to bring change, her other professional interests focus on the ‘education sector’ & the ‘cultural heritage of India’, wherein she aims to bring about social reform and contribute in policy making. She is an adviser to multiple organizations, including Heritage & Education organization called Heritageshaala and an Indian Literature initiative called Purple Pencil Project as well as a diversity and inclusion platform, Belongg. Trisha holds degrees in Mathematics, Economics and Business Administration. 

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