Beauty-Money-Sexuality-Love-Violence-Faith-Substance is an exploration of the 7 entities that most acutely influence the actions, choices and aspirations of human beings. Authoritative voices will shed light on each theme, and collectively the talks will reveal how interrelated the themes are, especially in the context of urban India.
Actress and former Miss Universe Lara Dutta will address how being conventionally "beautiful" influences ones career trajectory and ones personal life, whether beauty is inherent or cultivated, the problematic concept of the Beauty Pageant, and why true beauty is not just skin deep.
Billionaire investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala will consider what it means to be rich in a poverty stricken country, the issue of New Money versus Old Money, the supposed negative correlation between one’s bank balance and one’s ethical standards, and the consequences of India’s tremendous economic growth over the last 5 decades.
Ashok Row Kavi
LGBT activist Ashok Row Kavi will explore the disjuncture between India's reluctance to talk about sex versus the country’s soaring population numbers, attitudes to homosexuality in India, female sexuality, gender inequality and sexual violence, and HIV in India.
Lyricist and advertising guru Prasoon Joshi will share what it means to create the magic of love in words for the silver screen, examining how Bollywood has shaped notions of romance in the public imagination, and the ingredients that come together in India’s most iconic cinematic love stories.
Shekhar Gupta will examine where violence comes from and whether man is essentially violent, why nations resort to violence as a means of conflict resolution, terrorism and counterterrorism, the issue of sectarian conflict in a secular country, and whether violence is ever morally justifiable.
Professor of History at Columbia University and an authority on religion and politics, Mark Lilla will investigate the human impulse toward spirituality and whether it is innate or learned, the concept of conversion and what it means to take on a new belief system, the causes and consequences of religious fundamentalism, and the similarities and differences in how religion influences public life in India versus America.
Mental health expert and rehabilitator Dr. Azhar Hakim will discuss the genetics of addiction, whether substance use is necessarily morally reprehensible, the fine line between recreational drug use and substance abuse, and the psychological factors that encourage substance abuse as well as the psychological consequences that ensue.
at the US Consulate BKC, Mumbai
Seating begins at 5:30pm