The luminaries who will lighten up the Dhaka Lit Fest 2016 does not only include poets and novelists but also some of the big names in today’s journalism
For the Bangladeshis the biggest name doubtlessly is Barkha Dutt. Here she is perhaps as well known as many Bollywood celebrities thanks to the popularity of NDTV. Widely recognised as the host of the award-winning weekly talk show We the People, her fame as a journalist also owes to her fiery presence in the daily prime-time show The Buck Stops Here on NDTV. The Washington Post recently added her to its Global Opinion section as a contributing columnist. She was awarded the International TV Personality of the Year in 2012 by The Association for International Broadcasting.
Garga Chatterjee too is a familiar name in Bangladesh for his numerous articles published in Dhaka Tribune. A columnist for the Huffington Post India, Garga has a PhD from Harvard University and is a faculty at the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. With over four thousand followers on twitter, Garga brings so much more to DLF than just academic and professional excellence.
Based in Bombay, Naresh Fernandes is editor of Scroll.in, one of the biggest digital news sites in India. He was the editor-in-chief at Time Out India. His journalism career includes working experience at The Times of India, the Associated Press in Mumbai, and The Wall Street Journal in New York.
He has written a number of books including City Adrift: A Short Biography of Bombay (co-authored), and Taj Mahal Foxtrot: The Story of Bombay’s Jazz Age. He was also the co-editor, along with Jerry Pinto, of Bombay Meri Jaan (Penguin), an anthology of writing about Bombay.
Currently stationed in New Delhi as the South Asia bureau chief for the Economist, Max Rodenbeck wrote and reported from the Arab world for over 20 years. He was Middle East Bureau Chief of the Economist from 2000 to 2015.
Rodenbeck also writes book reviews that are frequently published in The New York Review of Books. His highly acclaimed biography of Cairo, Cairo: The City Victorious has been published in eight languages.