Nepal Literature Festival 2011

Ncell Nepal Literature Festival, the first international literary festival organised in Nepal, was held on Aug 18 to Aug 21 on the premises of Gyan Mandala in Jhamsikhel, Patan.

Organised by the Bookworm Trust, the festival, which “aims to promote Nepali literature and celebrate the written word”, will feature national literary luminaries such as Dhurba Chandra Gautam, Jagadish Ghimire, Abhi Subedi and Sarubhakta, and three international writers including former BBC Correspondent Sir Mark Tully and authors Ira Trivedi and Indra Bahadur Rai.  “That was the first time any corporate house has stepped up to sponsor an international literary event,” says Ajit Baral of Bookworm Trust.

Highlights of the festival include sessions on journalism practice by Sir Mark Tully and senior media person Bijay Kumar Pandey; Leela Lekhan by Indra Bahadur Rai as well as a session on films based on novels. Young writers Rajan Mukarung, Yug Pathak, Manu Manjil and Manisha Gauchan will also appear in the event.

The festival was organised to coincide with Nepal Tourism Year, with an objective to “put Nepal firmly on the international literary map”.


Mark Tully
Sir William Mark Tully was the Chief of Bureau for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in New Delhi for 22 years. Schooled in England, he stayed mostly in India covering all major incidents in South Asia during his tenure. He was made an Officer of The Order of the British Empire in 1985 and was awarded the Padma Shree in 1992, a rare distinction for a non-Indian. He was knighted in the 2002 New Year Honours. In 2005 he received the Padma Bhushan.
Ira Trivedi
Ira Trivedi is the bestselling author of What Would You Do to Save the World? (2006), The Great Indian Love Story (2009) and There Is No Love on Wall Street (2011). Her latest book and first work of non-fiction is India in Love: Marriage and Sexuality in the 21st century, a landmark book on India’s new social revolution in marriage and sexuality.

Ira’s books have been published by leading publishers like Penguin and Aleph and have been translated into several languages including Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam and Greek.

Ira contributes to a wide variety of publications including Foreign Affairs, Hindustan Times Brunch, Forbes, Outlook, Daily News & Analysis (DNA), The Asian Age, the Telegraph (India) amongst many others.

She is regularly invited to speak to students, youth groups and corporates across the country.

Ira Trivedi has lived all over the world: in four countries, nine cities and three continents. She graduated from Wellesley College, Massachusetts, USA with a BA in economics from and gained her MBA from Columbia Business School, where she won the prestigious Feldberg Fellowship.

In addition to her career as a writer, Ira is also a certified teacher of yoga. She lives in New Delhi, India, with her family.

Mark Tully
Ira Trivedi

NLF 2011 Gallery