Stunning sunsets, mind-blowing conversations, and debates with the sea breeze blowing through your hair – a lovely red wine in hand and views of Mumbai’s incredible skyline is there any better way to express your love for literature? Touted as India’s first literature fest on the sea, ‘Queensline Lit Fest’ gives literature lovers an opportunity to share their love for books in the middle of the sea. The three-day festival will see incredible storytelling by some of India’s greatest names. The festival takes places on board Mumbai’s brand new addresses on the sea — Queensline Neverland and Queensline Sea YAH — ships that can each accommodate 400 people. These ships are originally from Turkey and have now been converted into dining rooms on the sea.
The ‘Queensline Lit Fest’ will feature some of the best minds from the literary world. There will be boats that will carry passengers from Gateway of India to the ship all the three days. The tickets are available on their website starting at Rs 500 for a single-day pass and Rs 1,000 for all the three days.
Here’s a sneak peek into the festival.
Day One: January 29 (Tuesday)
Former First Lady of UK and President of Loomba Foundation Cherie Blair will inaugurate the festival. The inauguration will be followed by a session where Cherie Blair will be in conversation with journalist Kounteya Sinha on ‘India’s Forgotten Women – Widows’.
Day Two: January 30 (Wednesday)
The day will see the renowned photographer, author of over 60 books and Padma Shri awardee Raghu Rai talk about ‘Finding Faith in the 21st Century Rubble’.
Day Three: January 31 (Thursday)
Day three of the festival will see Bollywood actress and cancer survivor Manisha Koirala discuss her new book ‘Healed – How Cancer Gave Me A New Life’, that details her battle with cancer. The actress will be in conversation with veteran journalist Uma Nair.