• Keynote Address

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    10:00AM-11:00AM
    Tags: Session 1
    Amartya Sen

    Antar Dhwani: Writing India, Speaking Bharat

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    11:15AM-12:15PM
    Ganesh Devy, Shekhar Pathak in conversation with Malashri Lal

    Endangered Languages

    Each language has a unique worldview, capturing the imagination and the memory transactions of its speakers. Linguist Ganesh Devy examines the diversity of South Asian languages and dialects, scripts and grammars. He will be in conversation with ecologist and cultural archivist Shekhar Pathak and Dr Malashri Lal.

    Face to Face

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    12:30PM-1:30PM
    Tags: Session 9
    Ved Mehta in conversation with Samanth Subramanian

    Presented by DNA

    Ved Mehta, one of India’s most distinguished essayists, makes a rare Indian appearance. He is the author of more than twenty-four books, including several that deal with the subject of blindness, as well as hundreds of articles and short stories for British, Indian and American publications. He will be in conversation with Samanth Subramanian.

    Book Launch : “Shahnaz Hussain: Ek Khoobsurat Zindagi”

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    1:30PM-2:15PM

    LUNCH: Book Launch : “Shahnaz Hussain: Ek Khoobsurat Zindagi” — Nelofar Currimbhoy

    Choices and Freedoms

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    2:15PM-3:15PM
    Tags: Session 15
    Amartya Sen in conversation with John Makinson

    Nobel laureate Amartya Sen discusses social choices,  the workings and consequences of democracy, human  freedoms and human rights in the context of his own  life and learnings. He will be in conversation with John  Makinson, Chairman, Penguin Random House.

    Restless Women

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    3:30PM-4:30PM
    Cheryl Strayed and Robyn Davidson moderated by Gaiutra Bahadur

    Women Uninterrupted

    At twenty-six, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost  everything. In the wake of her mother’s death from  cancer, her family disbanded and her marriage  crumbled. With nothing to lose, she made the most  impulsive decision of her life – to walk alone eleven  hundred miles of the west coast of America. At the  age of twenty-seven, Robyn Davidson set off from  Alice Springs for the west coast of Australia, with a  dog and four camels, enduring sweltering heat,  fending off poisonous snakes and lecherous men.  Moderated by Gaiutra Bahadur, who has written  about the equally remarkable journeys of Coolie  women in the colonial period.

    Book Launch: “When Abba was Ill”

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    4:30PM-5:00PM

    TEA TIME

    Book Launch: “Nazar Photography Monographs 02 – When Abba was ill” by Adil Hasan

    Pratik Kanjilal, books editor of Indian Express and publisher of The Little Magazine, will be in conversation with the author.

    Aakrosh

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    5:00PM-6:00PM
    Tags: Session 27
    Neerav Patel, Hariram Meena and Irrfan Khan in conversation with Mahmood Farooqui

    Bhaskar Bhasha Series

    Gujarati Dalit poet Dr Neerav Patel speaks of the  poetry of anguish and protest, and the milestones of  Dalit discourse. Rajasthani writer Hariram Meena  speaks of the Meena, Bhil and other pastoral  communities, and the poetics of marginalization and  resistance. Actor Irrfan Khan reads from the  powerful prose and poetry of the late Om Prakash  Valmiki, as a tribute to his legacy. In conversation  with acclaimed writer and Dastango, Mahmood  Farooqui.

  • The Global Novel

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    10:00AM-11:00AM
    Jhumpa Lahiri, Jonathan Franzen, Jim Crace, Maaza Mengiste, Xioaolu Guo moderated by Chandrahas Chaudhry

    Presented by British Council

    Unlike the epic poem and the travel book, the novel  is not a universal cultural form. It has its origins in  specific literary experiments in eighteenth century  England. Yet the novel is now regarded as the preeminent  literary form. How did this happen and  where in the world is the novel most alive?  Moreover, what is its future? With the publishing  world in shock from the assault of digital media, and  with publishers merging or failing around the globe,  an all-star cast of great novelists from around the  globe discusses how, if at all, globalisation and the  move to digital media will mould the future of the  novel and the life of the novelist.

    Burdens of Identity

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    11:15AM-12:15PM
    Zeruya Shalev, Salma, and Namita Gokhale in conversation with Antara Dev Sen

    Presented by Embassy of Israel

    Bestselling Israeli author, Zeruya Shalev, Tamil poet  and writer, Salma, and novelist and festival director,  Namita Gokhale, speak of resisting stereotypes and  identikits. The politics of religion, nationality and  gender create preconceived expectations, which the  writers seek to escape and transcend in their  individual literary quests.

    The Art of Biography

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    12:30PM-1:30PM
    Tags: Session 45
    A N Wilson,Ray Monk, Richard Holmes and Andrew Graham-Dixon moderated by Peter Godwin

    How do you pin a life to the page? Ray Monk, biographer of Bertrand Russell and Wittgenstein, Richard Holmes, biographer of Shelley and Coleridge, A.N. Wilson, biographer of Tolstoy, C.S. Lewis and Dante, and Andrew Graham-Dixon, biographer of Caravaggio and Michelangelo, discuss their techniques and obsessions with Maya Jasanoff, biographer of Conrad.

    Book release: Gone with the Vindaloo

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    1:30PM-2:15PM

    LUNCH:”Gone with the Vindaloo”:Vikram Nair, Book release by Suhel Seth

    The Interpreter of Stories

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    2:15PM-3:15PM
    Jhumpa Lahiri in conversation with Rupleena Bose

    The real women series presented by Dove

    Indian American author Jhumpa Lahiri on the narrative connectivities that bind her stories and novels.

    The Non-fiction Renaissance

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    3:30PM-4:30PM
    Tags: Session 57
    Antony Beevor, Geoff Dyer and Reza Aslan moderated by William Dalrymple

    Many readers now prefer non-fiction to the novel. As non-fiction experiences a golden age, some of the masters of the craft discuss how and why non-fiction is going through such a boom.

    Book Launch “Travails with Chachi” by Louise Khurshid

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    4:30PM-5:00PM

    TEA TIME: Book Launch “Travails with Chachi” by Louise Khurshid, released by Suhel Seth

    Symmetry

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    5:00PM-6:00PM
    Tags: Session 63
    Marcus du Sautoy introduced by Jim al-Khalili

    Marcus du Sautoy, one of the UK’s leading scientists, is Oxford University’s professor of the Public Understanding of Science (a post previously held by JLF veteran Richard Dawkins.) Here he talks about his second book Finding Moonshine: a mathematician’s journey through symmetry. In the book Marcus reveals how symmetry is a fundamental concept both in the arts and the sciences: from the walls of the Alhambra to the Higgs boson, from the music of Bach to deadly viruses. Marcus will tell the story of how mathematicians have produced a language to be able to explore, tame and classify this slippery concept. Interwoven with this grand historical narrative of symmetry is Marcus’s own very personal story of what it is like to be a mathematician. The book is structured round 12 months in his working life as a mathematician exploring symmetry and gives an unprecedented backstage pass to the modern world of mathematics. Introduced by Jim al Khalili, the British theoretical physicist and author of Quantum: A Guide for the Perplexed and Paradox: The Nine Greatest Enigmas in Science.

    Award Ceremony for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2014

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    6:00PM-7:00PM
    Tags: Session 69

    The final winner of the DSC Prize 2014 would be announced on Jan 18th from a shortlist of six which includes two translated works. Instituted in 2010, the US $50,000 DSC Prize celebrates the richness and diversity of South Asian writing. It is uniquely focused on South Asian writing and is open to authors across the globe irrespective of their ethnicity as long as the writing is about South Asia and its people. With English translations also eligible, the prize encourages writing in other languages as well as the role of translators.

  • Writing the Self: On Memoir and the Autobiographical Novel

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    10:00AM-11:00AM
    Tags: Session 74
    Ru Freeman, Ved Mehta, Joseph O’Neill, and Philip Hensher moderated by William Sutcliffe

    Presented by Rajasthan Patrika

    How do you capture your own life and that of your close family in writing? How different is memoir from the autobiographical novel? Masters of the genre Ru Freeman, Ved Mehta, Joseph O’ Neill and Philip Hensher discuss the difficulty of pinning the self to paper with William Sutcliffe

    Contemporary Indian Art Revolution

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    11:15AM-12:15PM
    Tags: Session 80
    Subodh Gupta, Bharti Kher, Dayanita Singh, and KS Radhakrishnan in conversation with Homi Bhabha

    Homi Bhabha will engage in a dialogue with some of the biggest stars in the firmament of Indian Contemporay Art. In the year Dayanita Singh had been honoured with a major retrospective at the Heyward,  Subodh Gupta is reviewed by the NGMA, and Bharti Kher has broken into China, Singh, Gupta, Kher, and K S Radhakrishnan discuss their work and the changing indian art scene.

    The Rasa of Language: On Art, Pleasure and Technology

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    12:30PM-1:30PM
    Tags: Session 86
    Vikram Chandra in conversation with Vidya Dehejia

    Vikram Chandra has been a computer programmer for almost as long as he has been a novelist. In the Mirrored Mind, he returns to his early days as a writer and looks at the connections between these two worlds of art and technology. He discusses the links between art, pleasure and technology with leading art historian and expert in Indian theories of aesthetics, Vidya Dehejia.

    Book Launch “In the open: Sculptures of KS Radhakrishnan”

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    1:30PM-2:15PM

    LUNCH:Book Launch “In the open: Sculptures of KS Radhakrishnan” by Johny ML, presented by Ojas Art

    Casualties of Love and Sex: The New Gender Fluidity

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    2:15PM-3:15PM
    Tags: Session 92
    Margaret Mascarenhas, Mahesh Dattani, Sachin Kundalkar and Neelima Bajpai in conversation with Bachi Karkaria

    Beyond biology, beyond anatomy, a re-look at the dynamics of being a woman, man, both or neither.

    Jesus the Man, Jesus the Politician

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    3:30PM-4:30PM
    Tags: Session 98
    Reza Aslan and William Dalrymple in conversation with A.N Wilson

    The person and work of Jesus of Nazareth has been a topic of constant interest since he lived and died some two thousand years ago. Reza Aslan, author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, offers a compelling argument for a fresh look at the Nazarene, focusing on how Jesus, the man, evolved into Jesus, the Christ. He discusses the writing of his book with A.N. Wilson, author of Jesus.

    Launch of the Australia India Institute Foreign Policy Series

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    4:30PM-5:00PM

    TEA TIME: Launch of the Australia India Institute Foreign Policy Series

    Raj aur Samaj: Democracy and the People

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    5:00PM-6:00PM
    Kalyani Shankar, Navin Chawla and Pavan Varma in conversation with Ravish

    Democracy Dialogues

    Eminent thinkers and public figures take a reality check on the workings of the electoral process and offer insights and perspectives into the nature of participatory politics. They discuss the balance between power, privilege and the voice of public opinion in Indian democracy. Kalyani Shankar, Navin Chawla and Pavan Varma in conversation with Ravish Kumar.

  • Has Globalism Failed? Markets, Morals, and the Dictatorship of Reason

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    10:00AM-11:00AM
    Tags: Session 110
    A dialogue between Michael Sandel and John Ralston Saul, chaired by Sunil Khilnani

    Michael Sandel teaches political philosophy at Harvard. Sandel’s writings have been translated into 24 languages. Sandel’s recent books, What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets, and Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?, relate the big questions of political philosophy to the most vexing issues of our day.

    Parde Ke Peeche: The Scriptwriters Story

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    11:15AM-12:15PM
    Tags: Session 116
    Sachin Kundalkar, Mahesh Dattani and Shashi Mittal in conversation with Rupleena Bose

    In a session that investigates the connections between literary and cinematic writing, authors and scriptwriters explore the syntax of script and dialogue, and the sixth sense of storytelling.

    Bhaskar Bhasha Series

    Capital

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    12:30PM-1:30PM
    Rana Dasgupta in conversation with William Dalrymple

    Presented by Hindustan Zinc Ltd.

    Commonwealth Prize-winning author Rana Dasgupta’s forthcoming portrait of Delhi and its new elites is a story of global capitalism unbound. In Capital, Dasgupta examines one of the most important trends of our time – the growth of the global elite. No other city better embodies the breakneck, radically disruptive nature of the global economy’s growth over the past twenty years as Delhi. In conversation with the author of City of Djinns, William Dalrymple.

    Book Launch “Through a Feudal Window”

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    1:30PM-2:15PM

    LUNCH: Book Launch “Through a Feudal Window” by Indrajit Singh Rathore

    Conquering the Chaos : Empowering the Future

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    2:15PM-3:15PM
    Yashwant Sinha, Ravi Venkatesan,and Naveen Chawla in conversation with Paranjoy Guha Thakurta

    Democracy Dialogues

    As society in transition seeks a shift from the tactical and the reactive to new solutions, thought leaders from civil society, politics, and industry discuss the nature and trajectory of transformative growth.

    Black Holes, Worm Holes and Time Machines

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    3:30PM-4:30PM
    Tags: Session 134
    Jim al Khalili moderated by Marcus du Sautoy

    Presented by Rajasthan Patrika

    Theoretical physicist and broadcaster Jim Al-Khalili finally lays science fiction to rest as he opens up Einstein’s universe. Leading us through the dizzying world of our space and time, he even gives us the recipe for a time-machine, capable of taking us back to the future, to Alice’s Wonderland, or on a trip with the Terminator.

    Book Launch “Jaipur: Gem in India”

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    4:30PM-5:00PM

    TEA TIME: Book Launch “Jaipur: Gem in India” by Dr DK Taknet

    Each Others Stories

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    5:00PM-6:00PM
    Tags: Session 140
    Ekta Kapoor in conversation with Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi

    Ekta Kapoor and Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi discuss television, film, literature, and the nature of each other’s narratives.

  • The Coup

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    10:00AM-11:00AM
    Tags: Session 146
    Samantha Weinberg and Michael Axworthy moderated by Oscar Guardiola- Rivera

    What happens when a government is overturned by force? Samantha Weinberg and Michael Axworthy, who have written about violent upheavals in Argentina, the Comoros, and Iran, compare notes in a session moderated by Oscar Guardiola-Rivera.

    Not Pulling her Punches

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    11:15AM-12:15PM
    Tags: Session 152
    Gloria Steinem, Lily Wangchhuck, Faiza Sultan Khan and Urvashi Butalia introduced by Ruchira Gupta

    Presented by DNA

    Olympic gold medalist and boxing champion, Mary Kom, speaks about the triumphs and tribulations of her life, in conversation with Amrita Tripathi.

    Coleridge and the Ancient Mariner

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    12:30PM-1:30PM
    Tags: Session 158
    Richard Holmes moderated by Rupleena Bose

    Richard Holmes has been obsessed with the age of the Romantics all his writing life, writing major biographies of Coleridge and Shelley. October 2008 saw his first major work of biography in over a decade, The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science, which explored the scientific ferment that swept across Britain at the end of eighteenth century. He discusses his Romantic obsession with Rupleena Bose.

    Book Launch : Nav-Matadata : Ek Rajnaitik Prayog ki Anubhav Yatra

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    1:30PM-2:15PM

    LUNCH :Book Launch : NAV-MATDATA : EK RAJNAITIK PRAYOG KI ANUBHAV YATRA by JyotiKiran

    We the Drowned: Writing the Sea

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    2:15PM-3:15PM
    Tags: Session 164
    Carsten Jensen, Samantha Weinberg, and Nayomi Munaweera moderated by Samanth Subramanium

    The unique flavour of ocean writing, and the canon of great writers obsessed by the uncharted territories of the open seas, constitute a major, often neglected, aspect of world literature, and include stories of trade and cultural exchange. Trawling the seafaring genre, four writers speak of ocean narratives and the lure of maritime stories.

    On the Post Colonial Couch

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    3:30PM-4:30PM
    Tags: Session 170
    Tash Aw, Romesh Gunesekara, Maaza Mengiste, moderated by Rana Dasgupta

    Presented by Rajasthan Patrika

    Is there such a thing as postcolonial literature? Or is postcolonialism really a construct in the minds of literary theorists? Indeed, does the term have any real meaning? Nadifa Mohamed, Tash Aw and Romesh Gunesekera dance the ‘PoMo PoCo’ with Rana Dasgupta.

    Tea Time

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    4:30PM-5:00PM

    TEA TIME

    Debate: “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the rest”

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    5:00PM-6:00PM
    Tags: Session 175
    Debate: “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the rest”
    Murli Manohar Joshi, Pavan Varma, Lily Wangchhuk, K Anis Ahmad, Shazia Ilmi, Peter Godwin and Indrajit Hazra moderated by Sanjoy Roy