About the Festival

‘Astitva – Our Collective Being’

Literature is one of the biggest binding forces in this world. It transcends the barriers of age, gender and geography. We had pen pals from far-off lands even before the internet age. And there’s probably no other community which is as closely knit as book-readers. We all remember receiving our favourite book from a friend, colleague or a relative. Our choices of books are also based on suggestions from like-minded people.

Now, coming to the authors. Attending a Litfest is like going to a live concert of your favourite author. But instead of playing your favourite songs i.e. reading excerpts from the book, the authors weave another magical world, conceive a new song, a new story in front of you. This can only happen when the authors and readers come together on one stage.

To summarize, the ‘Astitva’ (existence) of literature, and hence Times Litfest, is based on the authors and the readers working collectively. One cannot exist without the other. So, come be a part of this #SweetLiteraryTreat and bond with your favourite authors.


Festival Director

Vinita Dawra Nangia is Executive Editor Online and an Author and Columnist with The Times of India. With more than two decades of experience in Lifestyle and Features Journalism, she specializes in society, relationships and life commentary. Her exceedingly popular weekly column in The Times of India -- O-zone -- throws light on contemporary living and relationships. Vinita is Director of Times of India Literature Festivals in Delhi, Bangalore & Kolkata and is also the Founder-Director of Write India, the world’s biggest movement for crowd-sourced writing in association with established authors -- a project she conceptualized and launched to discover the next generation of writers. Two seasons old, Write India has attracted almost 50,000 short stories and launched 200 winners, selected by established authors. Vinita has authored four books -- 'Love is Always Right & Other Musings' , It's Your Life -- Reflections on Contemporary Living and Relationships', ‘Are You Making the Most of Life?’ and a coffee table book on fashion -- 'Fashion Fair -The Journey of 13 Contemporary Designers'. Page 3 as a concept grew around her widely-read column ‘Hi-Society’ in Delhi Times. She further conceptualized and launched several products across all platforms for The Times of India – print as well as online.