PILF Speakers 2017

Kavita Kane

A senior journalist with a career of over two decades, which includes working for Magna publication and DNA, she quit her job as Assistant Editor of Times of India to devote herself as a full time author. A self-styled aficionado of cinema and theatre and sufficiently armed with a post-graduate degree in English Literature and another in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Poona, the only skill she knows, she confesses, is writing.
Karna's Wife, her debut novel, released in 2013 was a bestseller and is the story of Karna, one of the most enigmatic, popular and the most tragic character in Indian mythology as seen through the eyes of his wife.
The second novel - Sita's Sister - out in December 2014, also deals with another enigmatic personality - Urmila, Sita's sister and Lakshman's wife who silently braved tears and tragedy those fourteen years of separation, living her own private exile. She is probably the most overlooked character in the Ramayan.
Her third book - Menaka's Choice, released on December 2015, is already a bestseller. It is not just a tale of love, lust and divine intrigue about Menaka, the apsara, the seductress, the symbol of beauty and female sexual power who fell in love with a man she was meant to destroy - the formidable rishi Vishwamitra. It is a story of a woman restricted by her designated role fighting for her dreams in a male-dominated world and that of a man defying all odds to achieve his goals and fulfill his destiny.
Born in Mumbai, a childhood spent largely in Patna and Delhi , she lives in Pune with her mariner husband, two teen daughters, two dogs and a cat.

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