Day 3 of Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2018

Sonnet Mondal is an Indian author and poet. He has published four books of poetry of which his latest is ‘Ink and Line’. He has read, and represented India, at festivals in Macedonia; Cork, Ireland; Istanbul, Turkey; Granada, Nicaragua; and Slovakia. His poetry has been translated into Hindi, Italian, Slovenian, Slovakian, Spanish Turkish, Macedonian, Bengali and Arabic, and published across Asia, Europe, Australia and North America.

Siddharth Dasgupta is an acclaimed Indian poet, writer and novelist, whose latest book is a collection of short-stories, entitled ‘The Sacred Sorrow of Sparrows’.  The book is a collection of ten stories sharing a common theme of nostalgia and longing for the past which is no longer in our hands and a future whose certainty is also questionable.

At the session, both Sonnet and Siddharth alternatively recited pieces of their work both pausing to talk about the pieces, the inspiration and the backstory as well as taking questions from the audience members about their work. 

“It was a lovely session. Such an intimate setting and the crowd was very engaging”

shared Siddharth,

“My poetry takes a very sensual, desirous world of picture between men, women and cities” 

Refreshments at the session 
were served by popular Chef Charles who has cooked for many celebrities abroad.

“The tea refreshments were in line with different teas so we bought dishes from tea time around the world like Indian, Sri Lankan, America, Moroccan and English”

We also spoke to some of the audience members who attended the session to gather a few comments;

“This session had such a brilliant theme and it was very exciting and there was incredible food by Chef Charles who is a culinary genius!” – Carlos


“It was a paradoxical pair but both were very profound” – Nethsili

“Thought they both performed beautiful pieces of poetry, very deep and very well read” – Shamali

“It was great” – Ragu



Panchali Illankoon

Law undergrad and occasional Aunty. Foodie, travel enthusiast and full time dog mom.


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