The Shaping Thought

TEHELKA’s annual THiNK festival celebrates ideas, their originality, their efficacy, their power to induce action. With the tacit acknowledgement that ideas cannot exist in isolation. We asked 12 distinguished practitioners across disciplines to share the ideas that impacted their thought, to pay tribute to the people who sparked them and to reveal the framework in which they were engendered. These essays connect a structure of thought to its kernel of inspiration.

Un-success seemed to suit these three‘: Chakravarti Rajagopalachari • Jayaprakash Narayan • Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay by Gopalkrishna Gandhi

‘Physical realities of photographs connect with energies and emotions: Framing a Photograph by Raghu Rai

‘Sambhaji is both a rebel and a political Soothsayer’:  Shahir Sambhaji Bhagat By Ramu Ramanathan

 ‘I identified more with Vidia Naipaul’s Caribbean space than with RK Narayan’s Malgudi’:  Sir Vs Naipault  By Tabish Khair

‘Lalan Fakir’s songs locate godliness in the basic human experience’Lalan Fakir By Ilina Sen

 ‘Gandhi did prefer violence… of a different kind’: Mahatma Gandhi By Faisal Devji

‘We depend on pesticides rather than recognise the Irula knowledge base for rodent biology’: William E Haast • Irula Tribesmen By Romulus Whitaker

‘Nothing is more inspirational to a life in art than the history of failed attempts’: The Third Man By Monica Narula

Ask the question that Nehru asked of voters in 1937: Who is an Indian?: The Discovery of India By Mani Shankar Aiyar

‘I’m captivated by tiny objects grown to four times their size’: The Mundane By Subodh Gupta

‘You can begin to construct memory and a new sense of time through sound’: The Beat Of Time By Madan Gopal Singh

‘Ali was willing to bear the brunt of his own values’:  Muhammad Ali • Dingko Singh •  By MC Mary Kom

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