Join us for the inaugural White Owl Literature Festival & Book Fair on February 9–10, 2024. In collaboration with Penguin Random House India and Cambridge University Press, this landmark event is a collective effort to bridge literary gaps, transcend boundaries, and revitalize the joy of reading and storytelling. Our theme, “Echoes of Narratives”, celebrates Nagaland’s rich culture of storytelling—a legacy passed down through generations. This one-of-a-kind festival showcases a diverse program with renowned authors, cultural performances, delectable food services, and Nagaland’s first book fair that will extend for three more days after the festival.
Festival Ally Package
- Festival delegate bag and passes
- First in line for book signings
- Priority parking
- Front-row reserved seating
- Exclusive early-bird access to workshops and seminars
- Exclusive access to FA lounge – tea, coffee, and snacks round the clock
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An award-winning author and scriptwriter based in Mumbai, Vaishali Shroff loves writing about unexplored places, untold histories, unsung people, and unheard nonhumans. Her popular works include Taatung Tatung and Other Amazing Stories of India’s Diverse Languages (Penguin, 2023), Meera Mukherjee: Breaking Moulds (Art1st, 2023), Batata, Pao and All Things Portuguese (PPP, 2022), Sita’s Chitwan (Penguin, 2021), The Adventures of Padma and a Blue Dinosaur (Harper, 2018), Raindrops and Ari (Tulika, 2013, 2014) among many others.
Winner of the AutHer Award 2023, The White Raven 2023, Scholarships from SCBWI, USA (2020, 2023), Toka Box South Asian Honor Award, Best in Indian Children’s Writing Award (2018, 2019), Honourable Mention at the BK Awards 2023, among other recognitions, Shroff has been invited as a speaker to literature festivals across the country, including The British Society for the History of Science (BSHS). She loves speaking to children over adults and wants to be an amaltas tree in her next life.
Saikia is the author of Forests and Ecological History of Assam, 1826-2000 (OUP, 2011), A Century of Protests: Peasant Politics in Assam since 1900 (Routledge, 2014), The Unquiet River: A Biography of the Brahmaputra (OUP, 2019), and The Quest for Modern Assam: A History, 1942-2000 (Penguin Random House, 2023). His A Century of Protests won the Srikant Dutt book prize awarded by the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (now PMML), New Delhi, in 2015. The Unquiet River was shortlisted for the Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay New India Foundation Book Prize in 2020, long-listed for the Atta Galatta-Bangalore Literature Festival Book Prize in 2020 and got an ‘Honourable Mention’ for the Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Book Prize in 2021 given by the Association for Asian Studies. Currently, he is authoring a monograph in Assamese that delves into the lives of 19th-century peasants in Assam.
Her beauty column appears in HT Mint Lounge and two seasons of her podcast ‘Holistic Healing with Vasudha Rai’—in association with RedFM, India’s leading radio channel—are streaming across all major platforms including Spotify, Jio Saavn, Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts. Her work has appeared in publications such as Vogue, Conde Nast Traveller and The Hindu Weekend. She’s also been the beauty director for Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and Women’s Health, India.
In 2019 Vasudha was awarded the Beauty & Wellness Voice of The Year at the Cosmopolitan Blogger Awards. In 2022, she was awarded the Voice of Reason in beauty writing as part of the Vogue Beauty Festival, and the Future Forward Influencer in the Wellness category by Peaklife Magazine.
Vasudha has released her third book in Jan 2024, an Audible Original titled The Book of Holistic Beauty – streaming on Audible now.
Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature & Translation Studies, School of Letters, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University Delhi.
Interest areas: Naga writing in English (fiction), Northeast Indian writing in english, myth and fantasy, hermeneutics, interface between literature and philosophy, literature and history, etc., and comparative worldview.
Publication: Flame on a Hill: A Collection of Stories (2021), and several articles and book reviews.
Current responsibilities at the University: I run the masters programme in Comparative Literature at AUD. I also teach two MA courses that were designed by me. These are "Reading Myth and Fantasy", and "Hermeneutics: Key Theorists". Besides these weekly teachings and admin related work of the programme, I am currently supervising 09 MA students of Comparative Literature working on their individual dissertation.
Kire also writes poetry and non-fiction. She has written a number of children's books both in Norwegian and English.
The impact of her textile and fashion activism has been recognised and featured in Roots & Leisure, Verve, Voice of Fashion, Indian Express, The Sunday Standard Magazine, Huffington Post, Times of India, National News UAE and most recently, Vogue India.
She writes creatively under the pen name T. Keditsuand has published two books of poetry, Sopfünuo and Wakeas well as Ukepenuopfü, an illustrated children’s storybook. She has contributed to a number of anthologies, journals and books in her creative & academic capacities, such as Yaari: An Anthology on Friendship by Women and Queer Folx, YodaPress (2023), The Many That I Am: Writings from Nagaland, Zubaan (2019), the Journal of Big History, South Asia Review, FemAsia and The Yugen Quest Review and The Little Journal to name a few.
Two of her poems ‘Shame’& ‘Survival’ have been made into poetry films by TakeOne Films. Her poems have been translated into Marathi, Hindi and most notedly into Gujarati by emininet poet, SitanshuYashaschandra.
She is widely sought after as a public speakerand educator within her Naga community and in North East India.
With a PhD in Cultural Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, she has over 16 years of teaching experience and is currently an assistant professor in Kohima College, Kohima, Nagaland.
In 2003 she received the state Verrier Elwin Award for her book Arunachal Pradesh- the hidden land featuring the culture, folklore and customs of Arunachal’s different communities.
A Padma Shri awardee, Dai is a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award 2017, for her novel The Black Hill, in English.
Her latest publication is The White Shirts of Summer (Poetry) Speaking Tiger Books October 2023.
Dai lives in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, India.
A TEDx speaker, she is passionate about issues related to working women. She was awarded the Women Achievers’ Samman 2017 for publishing by the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO), the Distinguished Alumni Award 2018 for Excellence in Publishing by Hindu College, Delhi University, the Exceptional Woman of Excellence Award by the Women Economic Forum in 2019 and was selected as a delegate for Australia India Youth Dialogue the pre-eminent track-two young leader's dialogue between Australia and India for 2020.
Her first book, Daughter By Court Order, was a national bestseller that was featured in The New York Times, and she received a personal message from the Prime Minister who applauded the issues she raised in her book. The plot holds up a mirror to society and challenges the patriarchal structure, which still exists in many parts of India. Her second book, It’s Not About You, was in Buzzfeed’s list of 35 Top Fiction and Non-Fiction Books of 2016. Her third book, Why People Give, which she wrote with her daughter Suhasini, was pathbreaking and the royalty supports a medical charity in India.
Ratna’s art is a permanent exhibit at Artistique, the gallery at the Oberoi, and her works are displayed in four continents. She lives in Gurgaon, where she is at work on two novels and a new exhibition.
Ratna holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics andPolitical Science, and a Masters in English literature from St Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. She also holds an MBA.
Over the years, Ratna has spoken at several leading universities, institutes,and corporate groups across the world. These include the University of Oxford (Two Cultures Seminar at Somerville College), the University of Cambridge, the Said Business School, Nanyang University Singapore, the Indian Institute of Management, Symbiosis, King’s School Canterbury, the Annual Conference of UK Women Judges, many of the top Indian schools, and corporates including Nestle, FICCI-FLO and others. She has spoken at TEDx at one of the leading Indian schools.
Mmhonlümo was a legislator in the Nagaland Legislative Assembly for two terms from 2013-2023.
finance secretary and power secretary in the Government of India, and finance secretary of the state of Rajasthan. Presently, he works as a freelance policy strategist on economy, finance and fiscal affairs. He has been writing blogs regularly for more than two years, which can be read at subhashchandragarg.blogspot.com. He also writes regularly for newspapers and magazines, and appears on television channels for discussions on the Budget and other public policy matters.
Her monograph, Imagined Geographies in the Indo-Tibetan Borderlands (2020) was based on ethnographic research in the Buddhist districts of west Arunachal Pradesh. Her current book project focuses on negotiations between Buddhist educational institutions and the Indian state in the context of borders and geopolitics. Her other long-term interest is in studying Himalayan wildlife.
As a bilingual (English and Assamese) author, art historian-critic, and translator, she has published eleven books by now. Her stories have appeared in the 'Oxford anthology of North-East Writing,' the Penguin’s anthology of ‘Fifteen classic Assamese short stories,' and the 'Greatest Assamese Stories Ever Told' by Aleph Book Company which was amongst chosen as one of the select 25 powerful short stories within the span of 100 years of Assamese literature.
As an Art historian she has curated a museum of modern art at the Tezpur University named after the esteemed modernist artist of North East late Neelpawan Baruah, paving way for innovative pedagogy. Her areas of expertise as an academician include Visual culture and Arts, Aesthetics, Literary cultures of India, as well as an avid interest in Gender Studies. Currently she teaches at the department of Cultural Studies, Tezpur University , after her several years of teaching as permanent faculty at the Ambedkar University of Delhi.
She started Prana Healthcare centre in 2017 with a team of Ayurvedic doctors, therapists and biotech researchers. Prana was featured as a case study by Routledge, Taylor & Francis publication, UK, in their book Doing Business in South Asia.
Dimple has received several honours, including Asia Iconic awards, Business World—Future Masters and Times Brand Icon 2021. She was recognized as ‘40 most influential under 40’ by the Indian Achievers Club. Dimple also has also received honorary doctorates from The Thames International University in Paris and the National American University.
Her clinic and academy have helped patients and students from over sixty-four countries to recover from chronic diseases using Ayurveda and nutrition. She gives healthcare advice across various social media platforms, where half a million followers from over 100 countries have been tuning in every day.