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5th Bangalore Business Literature Festival - 2019


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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 Satuday, 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 in 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!


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. - 11.15 a.m.
Networking Tea
11.15 a.m. - 12.00
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
Prof. Rishikesha T. Krishnan, Professor of Strategy, IIM Bangalore
12.00 - 12.30 p.m.
Alok Kejriwal, Author of 'Why I Stopped Wearing My Socks'
n 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.

12.30 p.m. - 12.50 p.m.
The Art of Authorship - by V Raghunathan, Author of 'Games Indians Play' and 14 more
12.50 p.m. - 01.20 p.m.
Legend’s Talk - Leaders as Readers
Narayana Murthy,
Co-founder, Infosys, in conversation with
Benedict Paramanand,
CEO Bangalore Biz LitFest, Author of
CK Prahalad - The Mind of the Futurist, editor SustainabilityNext

01.20 p.m. - 01.30 p.m.
BBLF CK Prahalad Award for the Best Business Book 2019 
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.
My Choice My Future
Dr. Priyadharshini SK,
faculty, ICFAI Business School
02.45 p.m. - 03.30 p.m.
Business Literature in Indian Languages
Mahendra Sharma, CEO, Matrubharti
Vikrant Pande, writer, and literary translator
Sharmin Ali, founder & CEO, Instoried, Author

n 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. 

03.30 p.m. - 03.45 p.m.
Book Reveals

03.45 p.m. - 04.00 p.m.
Networking Tea

04.00 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'
n 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
Suresh Narasimha, founder, TELiBrahma, Sensara and MonkeyBox, Board Member, TiE. Currently runs
Shoaib Ahmed, founder - Catalyster, 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.


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