Ooty Literary Festival

September 14 & 15, 2018. Be there!!!


In the autumn of 2015, Yash Muthanna came up with the idea of starting a literary festival in the salubrious hills of the Nilgiris. Surprised at the fact that no one else(including herself!) had thought of such an obvious idea before, she set about forming a trust with willing trustees who also wanted to put Ooty on the national (and maybe international) literary festival map.

With so many schools (residential and day) in the entire Nilgiri district, books have always been a large part of every student’s life. And with so many remote and not-so-remote tea estates all across the district, reading has always been a large part of one’s life on the plantations too. Curling up with an engrossing book with a cup of piping hot Orange Pekoe tea before a blazing fire place with the South-West monsoon raging outside, is a pleasure beyond compare!

And where would all these books be sourced from? The charming Nilgiri Library of course. And hence, which better place to hold a literary festival than right there; a charming, well-maintained and well-stocked library, which has been a source of books for the residents across the entire Nilgiri District since 1869. It is one of the oldest public libraries in India, housed in a Victorian building with Gothic style architecture in the heart of the town; a truly apt venue for a Literary Festival!

About Us

The people behind the Ooty Literary Festival (OLF) are Gerard Pinto (Managing Trustee), Yash Muthanna (Trustee),Geetha Srinivasan (Trustee) and Greaves Henriksen (Convener). Sub - Committee members are Shernaz Sethna , Meenakshi Venkatraman , Jaya Bakshi and Dr Sheela Nambiar.
Advisor: Jerry Pinto

Jerry Pinto is a Mumbai-based writer of poetry, prose, non-fiction and children's fiction, as well as a journalist and lecturer. Some of his books are: Surviving Women. Penguin Books, Asylum and Other Poems. Allied Publishers India, Helen: The Life and Times of An H-Bomb. Penguin Books India, Biography, Reflected in Water: Writings on Goa. Penguin Group, Leela: A Patchwork Life with Leela Naidu. Penguin Group, Em and the Big Hoom. Aleph Book Company, Phiss Phuss Boom, with Anushka Ravishankar and Sayoni Basu. Duckbill, A Bear for Felicia, Puffin India and many more.

Awards: National Film Award for Best Book on Cinema for Helen: The Life and Times of an H-Bomb, The Hindu Literary Prize winner for Em and the Big Hoom, Crossword Book Award (fiction) for Em and the Big Hoom and the Windham–Campbell Literature Prize (Fiction) at Yale University in 2016.


Mr.Jerry Pinto

Ms. Shanta Gokhale

Mr. Ranjit Hoskote

Ms. Sameera Khan

Mr. Mustansir Dalvi

Ms.Paro Anand

Ms. Prerna Singh

Mr. Pankaj Sekhsaria

Mr.Patrick French

Mr. Christopher Penn

Dr. Srividya Sivakumar

Ms. Sharada Srinivasan

Dr.Choodamani Nandagopal


Ms.Meru Gokhale

Mr. B.Balasubramanian

Mr.Vishwajyoti Ghosh

Air Commodore Nitin Sathe

Dr. Peeyush Maniyambath

Ms.Janaki Sabesh



Mr.Gerard Pinto

Managing Trustee

Ms.Geetha Srinivasan


Ms.Yash Muthanna


Mr.Greaves Henriksen


Sub Committee Members

Dr.Meenakshi Venkataraman

Dr. Sheela. Nambiar MD

Ms.Jaya Bakshi

Ms.Shernaz H.Sethna


School Programme

Breeks Memorial Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School, ooty to Host the Children’s Segment (English Medium Schools) of the Ooty Lit Fest

Breeks Memorial Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary school was originally established in the year 1874 in memory of the late J.W. Breeks I.C.S., who was the first Collector of the Nilgiris. Though it was originally meant for children of European and Anglo-Indians, the school at present caters to the needs of children of both sexes whether Europeans,Anglo-Indians or others and belonging to all faiths. This is the pioneering institution in the Nilgiris. This is a school with English Medium and is the only school in Udhagamandalam which caters to the needs of the lower and middle income groups. The results have been consistently good and is one of the leading schools in the Nilgiris .

C.S.I Gell Memorial Girls Higher Secondary School, Ooty to Host the Children’s Segment (Tamil Medium Schools) of the Ooty Lit Fest

Gell Memorial Girls Higher Secondary School in Udhagamandalam.

Places to visit

Pykara Falls
Shooting Spot
Pykara Lake
Kodanad View Point
Kallatty Falls
Botanical Gardens

Places to stay

Taj Savoy Ooty


Gem Park Ooty


Sullivan Court, Ooty


King Cliff, Ooty


Sherlock, Ooty




“Akasha” 15/24 Plains View ,
Tiger Hill, Coonoor,
The Nilgiris 643 101.

+91 9443058866


Contact Name : Greaves Henriksen (Convener)

Ooty Literary Festival - OLF