Pallavi Narayan

Academic • Author • Editor •

Pallavi Narayan is an academic, author and editor. She has worked at the publishing houses of Penguin Random House, Pan Macmillan and Routledge and was a Fellow at various international institutions. She has authored Pamuk's Istanbul: The Self and the City (2022) and co-edited Singapore at Home: Life across Lines (2021). She established and heads the Ahmedabad Writing Programme and University Press at Ahmedabad University where she currently works as an Associate Professor of Practice, School of Arts and Sciences.

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Sunday 12 May

The ties that bind us: Reading Marquez today

Panel Discussion

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian novelist, short story writer, and journalist, left an indelible mark on world literature with his pioneering work in the style of magical realism. His narratives resonate deeply with readers worldwide as he explores the themes of solitude, cyclical patterns of life, and complexities of human existence. In this conversation, we aim to revisit Marquez's literary canon through the lens of our present-day realities. How do his stories and characters reflect the postcolonial experiences and struggles that continue to shape our world today? How does his style of magical realism serve as a powerful tool for storytelling and social commentary? With the recent publication of Marquez's final work, we have an opportunity to explore how this posthumous addition to his written oeuvre alters our understanding of his artistic vision and legacy. Join us as we explore the man and his craft in the boundless possibilities of storytelling.

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Sunday 12 May

Beyond the Veil: Narrating the South Asian City

Panel Discussion

How have literary depictions of South Asian cities captured the unique cultures, languages and social fabric of this region? In this conversation, writers from diverse backgrounds and literary traditions will explore the significance of the literary city across the South Asian region and its impact on our cultural and political understanding. This session has been planned in collaboration with Himal Southasian.

Join us in person at IIHS or online on Zoom here.