Shakespeare Ka Swag

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Sunday 29th April 2019

Crossword Bookshop, Kemp’s Corner, Mumbai

Katharsis was created as a forum which could bring together those who believed in the magic of words—as readers and writers of all kinds!

If you are passionate about reading, if you love writing and if you believe in the transformative alchemy of words, this is the place for you.

We propose to curate a series of immersive experiences around specific genres so that lovers of books can find themselves in a space with others like them and share the joy of a community that loves the same things!!

We plan to bring together readers as well as writers of a specific genre, to engage with each other and understand as well as appreciate what makes the other side tick. These will be informal but well planned events where you can enjoy dialogues, discussions, debates, meta-analysis, and maybe even some specially crafted thematic meals!

The Game is On!

We launched Katharsis with the most popular literary figure in the English language—Sherlock Holmes!

We discussed the original inspiration for Sherlock, and shared information about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his life and works.

We held two such events and then decided, that having started with the most popular, we should move to the most prolific and organized a LitFanFest for none other than the Bard himself.

Celebrating Shakespeare Ka Swag!!

We managed to catch them young as these two sisters tried to figure out if the pen was mightier than the beard ☺

We know what Shakespeare’s answer would have been although he would certainly lose any handwriting competitions to these two and also any spelling bee! He spelt his own name in 7 different ways in every document that historians have managed to find, with the exception being— the spelling we use for him now! He never used that one….

We learnt about his India connection and how he referenced it often, as much as four times in one play, as an example of a country full of dazzling riches and veiled dark skinned beauties!

We tried to answer the million pound question—Is Shakespeare still relevant today?

(And not only because you need marks in your English paper!)

Well, we think so since many of his political quotes would totally fit into the current headlines!

Even more relevant is the fact that he killed most of his characters a cool 400 years before Game of Thrones made it the ‘done’ thing!

And then of course it was quiz time for all, because whether it is Sherlock or Shakespeare, brainy will always be the new Sexy!

The participants were given incomplete quotes to match up and then we had 5 teams playing.

After a tough six rounds we had a winning team and then a final winner from the team—none other than Sudarshan Shidore once again!

We indulged in some cosplay and recreated the Elizabethan/ Jacobean era as we pondered on the mysterious life of the unlikely genius—William Shakespeare—born to an illetrate leatherworker, with 8 lost years in his life, who suddenly burst on to the English literary scene in London and eventually ended up changing the very English language itself!

We had amazing feedback from all those who participated and we are looking forward to many more such events in the future!

Looking forward to our next few events—Witches, Wizards and Wands to be held in the end of May and a brand new series called Night at the Library!!

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