The second edition of the IIHS urban writings festival City Scripts, was held in Bengaluru between 3rd and 5th February and in Delhi between 10th and 12th March. It featured eminent authors, journalists and others involved in writing in and about the city. Significant topics like the Jallikattu protests in Chennai, media and censorship and music and movies in the city were discussed. Panelists included Shubha Mudgal, CS Lakshmi, Kiran Nagarkar and Baradwaj Rangan. The Tejeshwar Singh Memorial Award for Excellence in Writing on the Urban was instituted and awarded to Amrita Shah for her book ‘Ahmedabad: A City in the World’. The festival saw over 500 participants.
For the first time City Scripts was held in Delhi, at the India International Centre (IIC) Annexe and the Goethe Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan. The three-day event hosted a series of readings, conversations and moderated panel discussions around a range of themes including poetry, violence, cinema, masculinities, reportage and walking in the city. Noted panelists included Ravish Kumar, Kiran Nagarkar, Shahid Amin and Monalisa Changkija, among several others.