Calcutta Club USA presents the 4th Annual


A Novel Indian Book Fair & Lit Fest in North America

Parker Damon Building
Meriam McCarthy Towne School

11 Charter Road, Acton MA 01720

Saturday, June 23, 12 PM - 5 PM


Time   Speakers/Activity Topic Location
12:00 pm Sanskriti 2018 Book Fair Opens Welcome by Calcutta Club USA Members  
12:30 pm

Dr Boria Majumdar Sports Journalist/Academician/Historian
Recent Book: 11 Gods and A Billion Indians

Onside with Boria
An open chat with Boria Majumdar by Trinanjan Sengupta on the experience of co-authoring cricket books by legends like Sachin Tendukar & Sourav Ganguly and other sports journalism
Video Conf
1:00 pm Dr Maya Jasanoff Coolidge Professor of History, Harvard Univ
Recent Book: The Dawn Watch
World of Art Collectors in India during the British Raj
Interview by Dr Ujjayant Chakravorty, Professor of Economics at Tufts University
Main Stage
1:30 pm

Keynote Speaker: Shobha De Novelist/Journalist/Opinion Shaper
Recent Book: Seventy and to hell with it

From Seventeen to Seventy: Age is what you make of it. A free wheeling discussion with audience interaction. Moderated by Dr Arundhati Tuli Banerjee, Sr Director of Global Initiatives and Resource Development, MIT Main Stage
2:30 pm

Panel Discussion

Kushanava Choudhury
Recent Book: Epic City - The World on the Streets of Calcutta
Falguni Kothari
Recent Book: My Last Love Story
Dipika Mukherjee
Recent Book: Shambala Junction

From America with Love
A fascinating spin on different aspects of infatuation - of people, place and culture from the perspective of three US based authors.
Moderated by Thomas Arul, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Expicient
Main Stage
3:00 pm Chitro Neogy, Convener, Sanskriti 2017 Book Fair & Co-Founder, Calcutta Club USA Vote of thanks and Sponsor Recognition
Invitation to Senator Jamie Eldridge and Congressional Candidate Beej Das to share thoughts
Main Stage
3:10 pm

Prithvi Banerjee
Recent Book: Chronicles of Kali - the secret book of Asurs
Kamesh Aiyer
Recent Book: The making of Bhisma
Viji Narayanan
Recent Book: Many Dreams many Lives

New Authors and Immigrant Experiences
Anchored by Jharna Madan
Main Stage
3:45 pm William Dalrymple Author/Historian, JLF Festival Director
Recent Book: Kohinoor

The Kohinoor and its history

Moderated by Chitro Neogy

Video Conf
4:15 pm Visiting Authors Panel
(Shobha De, Kushanava Choudhury, Dipika Mukherjee)
The Final Verdict: Publishing in a digital age
Moderated by Satish Jha, Co-founder Janasatta, Indian Express Group & Chair, OLPC in India
Main Stage
5:00 pm  Sanskriti 2018 Closes    

Many thanks to our key sponsors:

The Boston Group & Mr Subu Kota
Urban Public Companies
New York Life
Lekhoni Writers Group and Gouri Datta
A1 Medical Supplies
Madras Grill Restaurant

NEW FOR Sanskriti 2018 - Panorama Story Writing Contest

Congratulations to the winners of Panorama Contest, where top submissions were selected by our visiting authors Shobha De, Kushanava Choudhury, Dipika Mukherjee and Falguni Kothari.

Adult Category (18+)

Jaya Brata Bose (Winner) for Hemanto (English)
Samhita Gupta (Runner Up) for Sita (English)
Shaukat Ajmeri (Third Place) for Day of Reckoning (English)

Junior Category (13 - 18)
No awards were given for insufficient submissions

Childrens Category (Under 12)

Vanshika Kumar (Winner) for Menace City (English)
No additional awards for insufficient submissions

Other stories selected for publication
Nethra Prasanna for Inquilab Zindabad (English/Junior)
Shamita Behl for A Night in that Compartment (English/Adult)
Swapna Ray for I love You (Bengali/Adult)
Sajal Banerjee for Sikarokti (Bengali/Adult)
Mahua Sen for Molli (Bengali/Adult)

Honorable Mentions
Aaria Nagpal for The Magical Bakery (English/Children)
Moushumi Chakrabarty for Silver (English/Adult)
Rahul Ray for Cha Bonam Jol-Batasha (Bengali/Adult)

Are you are good writer? A creative author? Or just someone who is skilled at penning down interesting observations in a fun way to read. This year, we are seeking submissions from short story writers of different age groups. Winning stories will be picked by our esteemed authors who will be felicitated on stage. Submissions are free but submission deadline is June 17. Guidelines and rules are here. If interested, reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (508.740.7848) for details.

Meet New Authors - a number of Indian origin authors from New England and beyond will showcase their creations in booths - come and visit them and get your signed copy. 

If you would like to showcase your published book at the book fair, there are several options. Please reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for next steps.

Look for new book releases from India and grab them while they last. You will also find great deals on many past evergreen titles at 20%-50% off.

Dr Gouri Datta welcomes you to the Lekhoni Bengali Writers Tables to meet a team of talented writers and peruse their recent publications.

Fascinating Indian Food catered by Madras Grill! You can buy discounted lunch tickets as part of your registration.

Live Art by Giridhar Pottepalem & Unique Jewelry by Junk Trunk will be other attractions.

Please attend with family and immerse yourself in deep nostalgic bliss! Every minute of the novel program is valuable, so please arrive before noon!

Sanskriti 2018 will be the Fourth Annual Calcutta Club Book Fair and Litfest in Boston organized by Calcutta Club USA. It is a novel literary event across North America.

The club had organized the debut Sanskriti book fair and lit fest in 2015 with key authors including Dr Shashi Tharoor, Ms Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Mish Michaels and Indu Sundareshan. In 2016, our stalwart speakers included Dr Amit Chaudhuri, Ms Shobha De, Srijato, Dr Sam Pitroda, Bratati Bandyopadhyay and the Honorable Ambassador of India, Mr Arun Singh. Last year, we had the great fortune to hear from a host of notable authors including Dr Shashi Tharoor in person, Devdutt Pattanaik, Chitra Banerjee Divakaru, Arunava Sinha, Sanjoy Roy and Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay to mention just a few. We expect to have a new set of trending writers speaking in Sanskriti 2018.

Event Host : Calcutta Club USA: 

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