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The Bangalore Business Literature Festival - 5th Edition

Sat, 7 Sep 9:30AM - 6:00PM
WeWork Galaxy , central bangalore
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Pricing & Offers

Pricing & Offers
Zero convenience fee, ticket price shown below is the final price.
Sat, 7 Sep
, 9:30AM
- 6:00PM
Per Person
Includes working lunch and two tea plus festival goodie bag
₹ 900
BSchool Faculty
Includes working lunch and two tea plus festival goodie bag
₹ 500
Per Student
Includes working lunch and two tea plus festival goodie bag
₹ 500
Morning Session
₹ 500
Afternoon Session
₹ 500



Of Stories, Ideas, and Conversations

We are excited to invite you to the 5th edition of the Bangalore Business Literature Festival (BBLF). A melting pot of compelling stories, deep conversations, and brilliant ideas, BBLF is where readers, budding authors, corporate executives, start-up founders, writers, B-School faculty and students, trainers and coaches come to celebrate the best of Indian business writing and thought.

This unique festival is being held from 9:30 am to 6 pm on Saturday, September 7, 2019, at WeWork Galaxy, one of Bangalore's most exciting venues. On offer are stimulating panel discussions, interesting workshops, the CK Prahlad Award for the Best Indian Business Book, a pop-up bookstore and more!

Lying on the cusp of business and literature, BBLF has been curated for those who love creating, publishing and consuming great business content.

It's an opportunity for you to find the energy and positivity to take business, career and learning challenges in your stride. All this, through lively interactions with authors and business leaders, who have a lot to share.

Authors are more than their books. Many combine writing with their successful business careers. Come and hear them, and get inspired by their stories.

Limited seats only. Register early!

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The Schedule

The Schedule

Compelling Stories and Conversations

Morning Session

09.00 a.m.


09.50 a.m. - 10.00 a.m.


Hosts Sandeep Das and Archana Chakravarthy

10.00 a.m. 10.30 a.m.

The Craft of Business Storytelling

Malavika Harita, former CEO, Saatchi & Saatchi Focus and Founder, Brand Circle

Ameen Haque, Founder, Storywallahs

Sona Maniar, Author of 'Peasants at a Party & Other Stories', a work of corporate fiction


What makes storytelling a compelling method of communication and learning? How can it help us build a stronger relationship with team members, customers, vendors, and other stakeholders?

Come, discover the magic of applying storytelling in a business context.


10.30 a.m. 11.00 a.m.

The Jobs Crisis - How Can India Leverage its Strengths

R. Jagannathan, Author of 'The Jobs Crisis in India'

in conversation with

Sudheesh Venkatesh, Chief People Officer, Azim Premji Foundation


Why are so many Indian youth jobless? Why is there a rising discontent in the number and nature of jobs? How are technology and automation transforming the job scenario in India? How could Indian professionals manage uncertainty smartly? 

This conversation takes a deep look at these questions and tries to recommend innovative and bold solutions for individuals, firms and the nation.


11.00 a.m. to 11.15 a.m.

Networking Tea


11.15 a.m. 11.45 a.m.

Writings on Indian Corporate History - Decoding the Tata Legacy

Harish Bijoor, Branding Guru, CEO, Harish Bijoor Consults

Mukund Rajan, Author of 'The Brand Custodian: My Years with the Tatas'

In conversation with

Madanmohan Rao, Research Director, YourStory


11.45 a.m. 12.30 p.m.

Business Literature in Indian Languages

Mahendra Sharma, CEO, Matrubharti

Vikrant Pande, Writer, and Literary Translator

MK Raghavendra, Award-Winning Film Critic, Author, Founder of Journal 'Deep Focus'

In conversation with

Amar Deshpande, Founder, gaatha story


Despite the dominance of English, Indian languages continue to play a key role both in business conversations and literature. What does this mean for authors and publishers? How can they leverage this opportunity?

Hear our speakers talk about building communities of writers and readers in Indian language markets. Also, learn how to leverage the latest technologies to connect with readers and grow the market for vernacular content. 


12.30 p.m. at 12.50 p.m.

The Art of Authorship - by V Raghunathan, Author of 'Games Indians Play' and 14 other books


12.50 p.m. at 01.20 p.m.

Legend's Talk - Narayana Murthy, co-founder, Infosys, on the 10th Anniversary of his book A Better India A Better World


A decade ago, Mr. Narayana Murthy's book offered a blend of practical and radical solutions to some of India's most complex problems. 

In this conversation, he will revisit his book and talk about current and future challenges facing businesses and professionals.


01.20 p.m. - 01.30 p.m.

BBLF CK Prahalad Award for the Best Business Book 2019 

Host Benedict Paramanand


01.30 p.m. - 02.15 p.m.

Networking Lunch and Live Music

Afternoon Session

02.15 p.m. - 02.30 p.m.

Business Quiz

by Sandeep Das, Author, and Director, PwC


02.30 p.m. - 02.45 p.m.

Title sponsor talk - ICFAI Business School


02.45 p.m. - 03.00 p.m.

Book Reveals

03.00 p.m. - 03.30 p.m.


Alok Kejriwal, Author of 'Why I Stopped Wearing My Socks'

In conversation with

Ashok G, Founder CEO, StartUp360

Alok will share his real-life story of how he gave up his family business to launch a gaming company (which he sold to Walt Disney), how he turned a successful serial entrepreneur and much more.

03.30 p.m. - 03.45 p.m.

Networking Tea

03.45 p.m. - 04.30 p.m

Invisible Rules of Success for Young Professionals

Shalini Lal and Pradnya Parasher, Authors of 'The Secret Lives of Organizations Invisible Rules of Success for the Young Indian Professional'

In conversation with

Ramya Ranganathan, Adjunct Faculty, IIM Bangalore

Every organization has unwritten rules and unseen dynamics that no B-School teaches you. These rules and dynamics create secret pathways to growth and success in the workplace. This conversation will give you a peek into this mysterious world.

04.30 p.m. - 05.00 p.m. 

Self-publishing Bestsellers - The Future of Publishing, Content, and Media

Naveen Valsakumar, CEO, Notion Press

Amit Goel, Product Head, Amagi

In conversation with

Ganesh Vancheeswaran, Author of Underage CEOs and Brand Specialist

The world of publishing is changing rapidly. Self-publishing is a fascinating new trend that makes it easy for anyone to publish and earn well. 

Hear from India's chief disruptor in the publishing game. Also, learn about monetizing content and expand your reach through cloud-based media and content publishing. 

05.00 p.m. - 06.00 p.m. 

Demystifying Entrepreneurship

Shradha Sharma, Co-author of 'Cut the Crap & Jargon - Lessons from the Start-up Trenches' and Founder, YourStory

Nistha Tripathi, Author of 'NO SHORTCUTS - Rare Insights From 15 Successful Start-up Founders'

Varad Rajan Krishna, Founder - 100 Open Startups and a Serial Entrepreneur with 5 successful exits

Karthik Kumar, Author of 'Don't Startup - What No One Tells You About Starting Your Own Business'

Host - Shoaib Ahmed, Founder - Catalyster, Former President - Tally & Co-founder - iSpirit

Leaders are readers. So, what do company founders read? What should they be reading? What are the gaps in the entrepreneurship literature that should be plugged?

With VG Siddhartha's unfortunate episode still fresh in people's minds, conversations here could hover around how entrepreneurs cope with stress - how some are able to manage and why a few can't. How entrepreneurs could avoid poor or bad financial management ruin fascinating brands and great organizations that have been painstakingly built.


Map & Directions

Map & Directions
WeWork Galaxy 43, Residency Rd, Srinivas Nagar, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560025
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