Punjab: Building the Land of the Five Rivers

Book Discussions
Panel Discussion
Thursday, 13th April 2017
From 6:00pm to 8:00pm (IST)
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, 159-161, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort, Mumbai - 400023.


Avid Learning, in association with The Marg Foundation, presents the Mumbai launch of Punjab: Building the Land of the Five Rivers to coincide with the Punjabi festival of Baisakhi on 13th April 2017 at the Visitors' Center, CSMVS, Kala Ghoda.

Join us for a unique panel discussion to celebrate the book and, indeed, a gamut of all things Punjabi! Drawing from this sumptuous new Marg publication, that meticulously showcases the Land of the Five Rivers in all its glory, this panel continues the conversation on topics ranging from Punjab’s breathtaking architecture to its traditions of princely cuisine, from its Mughal heritage to its Sufi and Sikh cultural influences. Author, Arjun Gaind will be in conversation with Editor of the book and Conservation Architect, Abha Narain Lambah, Journalist and Founding Editor of The Wire, Sidharth Bhatia and Contributing Author and Journalist, Neha Prasada. 

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Arjun Gaind


Arjun Raj Gaind is the author of A Very Pukka Murder, published by Harper Collins India and Poisoned Pen Press USA. It is the first in a trilogy chronicling the adventures of Sikander Singh, a Maharaja with a penchant for mysteries, set against the backdrop of princely India during the heyday of the British Raj. The second installment, titled Death at the Durbar, is due for release early this November. He is also the creator and author of several critically acclaimed, best-selling comic books, including Empire of Blood, Project: Kalki, Reincarnation Man, The Mighty Yeti, Blade of the Warrior: Kshatriya, and A Brief History of Death.

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Abha Narain Lambah

Editor and conservation Architect

Abha Narain Lambah’s architectural practice covers a range of monuments across India from 15th century temples in Hampi and Ladakh, to colonial buildings in Mumbai, Kolkata and New Delhi, historic palaces and forts in Punjab, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, to ancient archaeological sites in Odisha, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Gujarat. She has been advisor to museums such as Victoria Memorial and Indian Museum Kolkata, Prince of Wales Museum Mumbai, Chowmahalla Palace Hyderabad, Lal Bagh Palace Indore and Jaivilas Museum Gwalior. She has also been involved with many urban and streetscaping projects and is active with various citizen’s groups. She has edited a range of books including “Architecture of the Indian Sultanates”, “Custodians of India’s Heritage: 150 years of the Archaeological Survey of India” and “Shekhawati: Land of the Merchant Princes.

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Sidharth Bhatia

journalist and founding editor

Sidharth Bhatia is a Mumbai-based journalist and author. He is the Founder Editor of The Wire and has written several books on cinema and popular culture. His Twitter handle is @bombaywallah.

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Neha Prasada

Author and journalist

Neha Prasada is an author and journalist based in New Delhi. She has written extensively on health, politics, governance, environment, and social issues. She is a contributing editor to the Architectural Digest magazine. She contributes to Conde Nast Traveller, Vogue and Mint Lounge. With a keen interest in food history and world cuisine, she recently curated a food festival celebrating the regional food of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. Her debut coffee-table book Dining with the Maharajas has been very well received. She is a contributing author to Punjab: Building the Land of the Five Rivers.

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Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
Marg Foundation
Marg Foundation
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