JLF Soneva Fushi Day-by-Day Programme

Friday May 13

18.00–19.00: Welcome cocktails on Turtle Beach and inaugural address by Sonu Shivdasani, Namita Gokhale, William Dalrymple and Sanjoy K. Roy

19.00–19.20: Keynote Address: Peter Frankopan at Turtle Beach

19.30 onwards: Gala dinner on the beach with a musical performance by Sonam Kalra and The Sufi Gospel Project

Saturday May 14

7.30–10.30: Breakfast at Mihiree Mithaa

8.00–9.00:  Your choice of morning activity: yoga and meditation with the Soneva Soul Yoga Master at Turtle Beach Champa; guided snorkelling with Soneva’s Marine Biologist at Watersports Champa; Glassblowing demonstration at the Soneva Art & Glass studio

9.45–10.15: Morning Music: A Musical Legacy: Ahsan Ali and Amaan Ali at Down to Earth

10.30–11.15: Your choice of intimate sessions with authors:

Topics in conversation: 

  • Indian Painting: BN Goswamy in conversation with William Dalrymple in Villa 11
  • Find Me: Andre Aciman in conversation with Shivani Sibal at Down to Earth

11.30–12.30: Your choice of intimate sessions with authors:

Topics in conversation: 

  • Operation Mincemeat: Ben Macintyre in conversation with Peter Frankopan in Villa 11
  • Mira Nair: The Personal and the Political, Mira Nair in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy at Down to Earth

12.45–13.45: Your choice of intimate sessions with authors:

Topics in conversation:  

  • Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks, Patrick Radden Keefe in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy at Villa 11
  • Travel Session: André Aciman, Peter Frankopan and William Dalrymple in conversation at Down to Earth

14.00–15.30: Lunch at Mihiree Mithaa, hosted by JLF Soneva Fushi authors

15.30–17.00: Leisure time: enjoy Soneva Fushi’s white sandy beaches, water sports, Soneva Soul wellness centre, unique experiences

15.30–16.30: Freediving by Ken Kiriyama at Soleni

17.00–17.45: Your choice of intimate sessions with authors:

Topics in conversation:  

  • From the Silk Road to Russia and the Ukraine: Peter Frankopan in conversation with William Dalrymple in Villa 11
  • A Rude Life: Vir Sanghvi in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy at Down to Earth

18.00–19.30: Sunset cocktails on the Sandbank, departing from the main jetty

19.30–20:00: Conversation on Monsoon Wedding: Mira Nair in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy at Cinema Paradiso

20.15 onwards: Dinner at Out of the Blue

21.45 onwards: Monsoon Wedding Film screening with Mira Nair at Cinema Paradiso

Sunday May 15

7.30-10.30: Breakfast at Mihiree Mithaa

8.00–9.00: Your choice of morning activity: Spin and Sway : Dance with Gilles Chuyen, guided snorkelling with Soneva’s Marine Biologist at Watersports champa; Glassblowing at Soneva Art & Glass

9.45–10.15: Morning music by Ujawal Nagar – Classical, Crisp, Unplugged at Down to Earth

10.30–11.15: Your choice of intimate sessions with authors:

Topics in conversation:  

  • Women Who Wear Only Themselves: Arundhathi Subramaniam in conversation with Puneeta Roy in Villa 11
  • For Your Eyes Only: The Life and Times of Ben Macintyre: Ben Macintyre in conversation with William Dalrymple at Down to Earth

11.30–12.30: Your choice of intimate sessions with authors:

Topics in conversation:  

  • The Present Tense: Patrick Radden Keefe and Huma Abedin and Peter Frankopan in conversation in Villa 11
  • Manaku: A Pahari Master: BN Goswamy introduced by William Dalrymple at Down to Earth

12.45–13.45: Your choice of intimate sessions with authors:

Topics in conversation: 

  • A Life in Many Worlds: Huma Abedin in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy in Villa 11
  • Company Quartet William Dalrymple introduced by Peter Frankopan at Down to Earth

14.00–15.30: Lunch at Mihiree Mithaa, hosted by JLF Soneva Fushi authors and speakers

15.30–17.00: Leisure time: enjoy Soneva Fushi’s white sandy beaches, water sports, Soneva Soul wellness centre, unique experiences.

15.30–16.30: Freediving by Ken Kiriyama at Soleni

17.00–17.45: The Cartiers: Francesca Cartier Brickell and Radhikaraje Gaekwad in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy in Villa 11

18.00–19.00: Your choice of music boat cruise session:

  • Sunset Dolphin Music Boat Cruise: A Timeless Melody by Amaan Ali and Ahsan Ali (25 pax)
  • Sunset Dolphin Music Boat Cruise: Tones of Resonance by Tarit Pal (25pax)

18.30–19.00: Poetry Reading: Streaming the Multiverse with Arundhathi Subramaniam at Out of the Sea

19.00 onwards: Soneva Journey and Gala Dinner followed by evening music by Kabir Cafe- Timeless Poetry Redefined in New Rhythm at Down to Earth and Mihiree Mitha

Monday May 16

7.30-10.30: Breakfast at Mihiree Mithaa

8.00–9.00: Your choice of morning activity: qi gong with Dr. Fabio at Turtle Beach Champa; stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking at the Watersports Champa

10.30–11.15: Neither Settler Nor Native: Mahmood Mamdani in conversation at Down to Earth

11.45–13.15: Radhikaraje Gaekwad in conversation with Vir Sanghvi at Down to Earth

12.30–15.00: Lunch at leisure at Mihiree Mithaa or Out of the Blue

16.00–17.30: Your choice of workshops:

  • The Poet Within: Poetry Workshop with Arundhathi Subramaniam
  • The Bollywood Beat with Gilles Chuyen at Down to Earth

18.30–18.45: Reading : Equations by Shivani Sibal at Out of the Blue

19.00 onwards: Dinner at leisure

20.00–22:00: Moon Magic: Stargazing at The Observatory

21:00 onwards: Operation Mincemeat Film Screening at Cinema Paradiso

Tuesday May 17

7.30-10.30: Breakfast at Mihiree Mithaa

8.00–9.00: Your choice of morning activity: Spin and Sway dance session with Gilles Chuyen at Cinema Paradiso; family yoga at The Den; guided snorkelling with Soneva’s Marine Biologist at Out of the Sea

9.30–10.00: Family Yoga at The Den

10.30–11.15: A Journey Within: Olivia Fraser introduced by BN Goswamy Down to Earth

11.45–13.15: Your choice of workshops:

  • Inspirations from Nature: Permaculture at Eco Centro (20 pax)
  • Healing our inner child with Puneeta Roy at Soneva’s Barefoot Bookshop

12.30–15.00: Lunch at leisure at Mihiree Mithaa, Out of the Blue or Out of the Sea

16.00–17.30: Your choice of workshops:

  • Form and Fire: Glass Blowing Workshop at Glass Studio (10 pax)
  • Roots of Ayurveda at Soneva Soul (15 pax)

19.00 onwards: Dinner at leisure

20.30–21.00: Conversation: Call Me By Your Name: Andre Aciman in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy

21.00 onwards: Call Me By Your Name Film Screening at Cinema Paradiso

Wednesday May 18

7.30-10.30: Breakfast at Mihiree Mithaa

8.00–9.00: Your choice of morning activity: morning meditation and yoga by the Soneva Soul Yoga Master at the Turtle Beach Champa; stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking at the Watersports Champa

10.30–11.15: Scratched Earth: War, Climate Change and Sustainability: David Wallace-Wells in conversation with Peter Frankopan at Down to Earth

11.45–13.15: Your choice of workshops:

  • Healing your inner child with Puneeta Roy
  • Visual Arts Masterclass Ranjit Hoskote in Villa 11

12.30–15.00: Lunch at leisure at Mihiree Mithaa, Out of the Blue or Out of the Sea

15.30–17.00: Freediving by Ken Kiriyama at Soleni

16.00–17.30: Workshop : Discover the Ocean with Soneva’s Marine Biologist

18.00–19:30: Workshop: Third Eye: A Photo walk with Aparna Swarup

18.30–18:45: Sunset reading session: Namita Gokhale at Out of the Blue

19.00 onwards: Dinner at leisure

20.00–22.00: Stargazing at The Observatory 

Thursday May 19

7.30-10.30: Breakfast at Mihiree Mithaa

8.00–9.00: Your choice of morning activity: Spin and Sway dance by Gilles Chuyen at Cinema Paradiso; family yoga at The Den; guided snorkelling with Soneva’s Marine Biologist at Out of the Sea

9.30–10.00: Family Yoga at The Den

10.30–11.15: Politically Incorrect: Shobhaa De in conversation with Vikas Swarup

11.45–13.15: Your choice of workshop:

  • Poetry Masterclass with Ranjit Hoskote
  • Cook-A-Long: A Workshop with Chef Suvir Saran

12.30–15.00: Lunch at leisure at Mihiree Mithaa, Out of the Blue or Out of the Sea

16:00–17.30: Your choice of workshop:

  • Emotional Intelligence Workshop with Puneeta Roy
  • Creative Writing Masterclass

18.30–18.45: Sunset reading on Six Suspects with Vikas Swarup at Out of the Blue

19.00 onwards: Dinner at leisure

Friday May 20

9.00–18.00: Leisure time: enjoy Soneva Fushi’s dining destinations, white sandy beaches, water sports, Soneva Soul wellness centre or unique experiences such as Qi Gong. Enjoy a lunch at Mihiree Mitha or Out of the Blue and indulge yourself with Soneva’s delicious ice creams and chocolates

15.30–17.00: Freediving by Ken Kiriyama at Soleni

18.00–19.00: Welcome Cocktails and Inaugural Address: Welcome by Sonu Sivadasani on Turtle Beach, followed by an address by Namita Gokhale, William Dalrymple and Sanjoy K. Roy

19.00–19.30: Uninhabitable Earth: David Wallace-Wells introduced by William Dalrymple at Turtle Beach

20.00–onwards: Performance by Shilpa Rao – A Soulful Symphony, followed by Dinner at Turtle Beach

Saturday May 21

7.30-10.30: Breakfast at Mihiree Mithaa

8.00–9.00: Your choice of morning activity: Spin and Sway: dance by Gilles Chuyen at Cinema Paradiso; guided snorkelling with Soneva’s Marine Biologist at Out of the Sea; Glassblowing demonstration at the Soneva Art & Glass studio; The ground below your feet exercise by Pranay Lal at Cinema Paradiso

9.45–10.15: Morning Music: Chords in Accord: Champe Khan, Magada Khan and Kutle Khan at Down to Earth

10.30–11.15: Your choice of intimate sessions with authors:

Topics in conversation:

  • The Legacy of Words : Stories My Grandfather Left Me Navdeep Suri in conversation with Namita Gokhale in Villa 11
  • Exploring Indian Civilisation: Pavan K. Varma and Ranjit Hoskote in conversation with William Dalrymple at Down to Earth

11.30–12.30: Your choice of intimate sessions with authors:

Topics in conversation:

  • Starry Nights; The Life and Times of Shobhaa De Shobhaa De in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy in Villa 11
  • Restless As Mercury: My Life As a Young Man Gopalkrishna Gandhi in conversation with Pavan K. Varma at Down to Earth

12.45–13.45: Your choice of intimate sessions with authors:

Topics in conversation:

  • Thinking Better: The Art of the Shortcut: Marcus Du Sautoy in conversation with Roger Highfield in Villa 11
  • The Blind Matriarch: Writing the Pandemic: Namita Gokhale in conversation with Ranjit Hoskote at Down to Earth

14.00–15.30: Lunch at Mihiree Mithaa, hosted by JLF Soneva Fushi authors and speakers

15.30–17.00: Leisure time: enjoy Soneva Fushi’s white sandy beaches, water sports, Soneva Soul wellness centre or unique experiences

15.30–16.30: Freediving by Ken Kiriyama at Soleni

17.15–18.00: The Golden Road- A Preview: William Dalrymple in conversation with Peter Frankopan at Down to Earth

18.00–19.30: Sunset cocktails on the Sandbank, departing from the main jetty 

19:45-20:30: Slumdog Millionaire: Vikas Swarup in conversation at Cinema Paradiso

20.45 onwards: Dinner at Out of the Blue

21.45 onwards: Slumdog Millionaire: film screening at Cinema Paradiso

Sunday May 22

7.30–10.30: Breakfast at Mihiree Mithaa

8.00–9.00: Your choice of morning activity: morning meditation and yoga by the Soneva Soul Yoga Master; guided snorkelling with Soneva’s Marine Biologist at Out of the Sea; glassblowing demonstration at the Soneva Art & Glass studio

9.45–10.15: Morning Music: Harpreet – Making Music out of Words at Down to Earth

10.30–11:15: Your choice of intimate sessions with authors:

Topics in conversation:  

  • Songs of the Seas: Ranjit Hoskote in conversation with Namita Gokhale in Villa 11
  • The Science of Harry Potter, Roger Highfield in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy at Down to Earth

11.30–12.30: Your choice of intimate sessions with authors:

Topics in conversation:  

  • Rebel Ideas: The Power of Diverse Thinking, Matthew Syed in conversation with Marcus du Sautoy in Villa 11
  • Invisible Empire: The Natural History of Viruses, Pranay Lal in conversation with Roger Highfield at Down to Earth

12.45–13.45: Your choice of intimate sessions with authors:

Topics in conversation:  

  • Hymns in Blood: Navdeep Suri in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy in Villa 11
  • Pride, Prejudice & Punditry: Shashi Tharoor in conversation with Namita Gokhale at Down to Earth

14.00–15.30: Lunch at Mihiree Mithaa, hosted by JLF Soneva Fushi authors and speakers

15.30–17.00: Leisure time: enjoy Soneva Fushi’s white sandy beaches, water sports, Soneva Soul wellness centre or unique experiences

15.30–16.30: Freediving by Ken Kiriyama at Soleni

17.00–17.45: Your choice of intimate sessions with authors:

Topics in conversation:

  • Slice of Life: Food, Mental Health and Discovery, Suvir Saran in conversation in Villa 11
  • The Strange, the Surreal and the Supernatural, Namita Gokhale in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy at Down to Earth

18.00–19.00: You choice of music boat cruise session:

  • Sunset Dolphin Music Boat Cruise: Percussion — Whispering Echoes, Siddharth (25 pax)
  • Sunset Dolphin Music Boat Cruise: Confluence of Cultures Through Music, Gafur Khan and Magada Khan (25 pax)

18.45: Poetry Reading: Ranjit Hoskote at Out of the Sea

19.00 onwards: Soneva Journey and Gala Dinner followed by evening music by The Kutle Khan Project — Music Beyond Borders at Mihiree Mithaa and Down to Earth

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JLF Soneva Fushi’s dynamic programme encompasses book readings, discussions, performances and delectable dining through an exciting and many-hued festival.

For more information and to book your stay during JLF Soneva Fushi, please contact us at [email protected] or fill out the below form.

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