About Words On Water


Writers from India in Conversation
Presented in partnership with Teamwork Arts and the Elliott Bay Book Company
Cosponsored by the India Association of Western Washington


Wed, June 26, 7 pm
Described as the ‘Paulo Coelho of the East’ by Business World and a ‘People’s author like Jeffrey Archer’ by The Telegraph, Amish’s unique combination of crackling story-telling, religious symbolism and profound philosophies have made him an overnight publishing phenomenon. Released in March 2010, Amish’s Shiva Trilogy (of which two books, The Immortals of Meluha and The Secret of the Nagas have been published) has over 350,000 copies in print. He is presently working on the third book of the Shiva Trilogy, The Oath of the Vayuputras. Amish lives in Mumbai.


Fri, June 28
Saikat Majumdar is an assistant professor of English at Stanford University, where he teaches and writes about world literature in English, modernism, and the vernacular literary traditions of South Asia. He is the author of a novel set in 19th century Bengal and late 20th century Calcutta, Silverfish (HarperCollins, 2007), and a study of the literature of the global British Empire, Prose of the World (Columbia University Press, 2013).


Thu, June 27
Sudeep Chakravarti is a writer of fiction and non-fiction. He is also an independent analyst of socio-political and security issues in South Asia, and a columnist.

His novels Tin Fish and The Avenue of Kings (HarperCollins) are critically acclaimed; two novels are work-in-progress. His short stories and excerpts of long-form fiction are included in several collections. Sudeep’s non-fiction narratives, Red Sun: Travels in Naxalite Country (Viking/Penguin), on India’s ongoing Maoist rebellion; and Highway 39: Journeys through a Fractured Land (4th Estate, HarperCollins), set in Northeastern India, are critically fêted bestsellers. A third book of non-fiction is due 2014. His essays on conflict are contained in several collections, including Non-State Armed Groups in South Asia (Pentagon Press); and More than Maoism: Politics, Policies and Insurgencies in South Asia (Manohar).

Sudeep began his career with The Asian Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones & Company. He was later an Executive Editor with India Today Group and Director of the India Today Conclave, which he blueprinted. He has since helped to launch several media initiatives in India, including the Indian edition of Rolling Stone. In 2011 he was for a year a convergence specialist and editorial mentor at India Today Group. Sudeep’s media writing has been extensively published, including in AWSJ, India Today, Business Today, The Outlook Group of Publications, Business World, OPEN, Die Zeit, and Forbes-India.

Sudeep is a trustee of Coastal Impact, a not-for-profit he co-founded in Goa, India, with fellow scuba diving enthusiasts. He lives in Goa.

Event Info:

  • Wed - Fri, Jun 26 - 28 2013, 7 pm