The gardens at David Sassoon Library echo with the power of words as the Literature section of HTKGAF comes to life. Bibliophiles have been treated to select works in the field of literature as well as had the opportunity to engage with authors both Indian and international as they discuss their works and the works of great authors before them. The section has showcased literary works in Urdu, English, Hindi, Marathi, Dutch, French across genres in poetry, novels, travelogues that have been lapped up eagerly by fans each year.

The theme for the Literature section this year is Wordfire that represents the inherent power of the word both spoken and written.

Bibliophiles can look forward to the following programs at HTKGAF 2018:

  • Santoor maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan talks about his book Master on Masters followed by a short performance
  • Sitanshu Yashaschandra, Udayan Thakker and Prabodh Parikh in a conversation about the past 50 years of Gujarati poetry
  • A discussion on Literature and Hindi Cinema with Varun Grover, Darab Farooqui and Akshay Manvani about the connection between poetry and lyrics, fiction and script.
  • A panel discussion on What Publishers Want with heavyweights of the publishing industry including Oxford University Press, Yoda Press and Siyahi.


This section of HTKGAF encourages kids to pull their heads out of their digital worlds and instead pore over books of the tangible kind. For the kids whose imaginations weave fantastical tales, there are workshops to hone their writing and illustrating skills. Kitab Khana and BNHS are the designated spaces for children and young adults to indulge their creative streaks as they read and learn and play along.

Some of the programs for little bookworms at HTKGAF 2018 include:

  • A reading of ‘Bookworms and Jellybellies’ with an opportunity to create recipes form the book.
  • A quiz on Indian mammals with Vivek Menon
  • A reading of Ninja Nani with Lavanya Karthik
  • A reading of A Cloud of Trash with Karanjeet Kaur