Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s domain may be the imagination, but she brings to them no less rigour than researchers do science. The bestselling and much-awarded writer – she was longlisted for the Orange Prize, won the Allen Ginsberg Prize for poetry and an American Book Award, among others – doesn’t just weave compelling stories; she dives into the complex lives of women across time, place, culture, context, and illuminates the questions that demand answering.
At Algebra,we undertook a fascinating journey as Chitra dived into the Ramayana through Sita’s eyes and through the Mahabharata through Draupadi’s, and offered fascinating insights on duty, betrayal, infidelity and honour.
Algebra, the Arts & Ideas Club brings together a fellowship of people who believe great cities are built not just on infrastructure but a life of the mind; who understand robust and liberal societies need the oxygen of great conversation and nuanced thinking.
At a time when we are increasingly surrounded by rage and noise, Algebra is a live and continuous space for people to come together for a genuine exchange of ideas and exposure to issues; where new seeds could be sparked, fresh perspectives formed, and intelligent connections made.
Algebra – the Arts and Ideas Club is designed to host almost 35 engagements over the year with topline thinkers and practitioners from almost every discipline that impacts human affairs: politics, economy, environment, spirituality, cinema, medicine, science, technology, music, media, literature, the arts, sports, people’s movements, et al.