He’s the young, hyper-talented storyteller whose first book won him the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar in 2017, but he seems to only just be getting started.
Manu Pillai may have an entirely Macaulayesque education – including at the celebrated King’s College in London and Fergusson College in Pune – but his rigorous research and exceptional eye for the hidden historical detail makes him a force to watch. And in his second book, the fascinating Rebel Sultans, Manu trawls through 400 years of roiling history, and tells some pivotal stories of India you’ve probably haven’t heard before.
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.