Antar Dhwani: Writing India, Speaking Bharat
Ganesh Devy, Shekhar Pathak in conversation with Malashri Lal
Endangered LanguagesEach 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
12:30PM-1:30PMTags: Session 9
Ved Mehta in conversation with Samanth Subramanian
Presented by DNAVed 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”
LUNCH: Book Launch : “Shahnaz Hussain: Ek Khoobsurat Zindagi” — Nelofar Currimbhoy
Choices and Freedoms
2:15PM-3:15PMTags: Session 15
Amartya Sen in conversation with John MakinsonNobel 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.
Cheryl Strayed and Robyn Davidson moderated by Gaiutra Bahadur
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”
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.
5:00PM-6:00PMTags: Session 27
Neerav Patel, Hariram Meena and Irrfan Khan in conversation with Mahmood Farooqui
Bhaskar Bhasha SeriesGujarati 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
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
Zeruya Shalev, Salma, and Namita Gokhale in conversation with Antara Dev Sen
Presented by Embassy of IsraelBestselling 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
12:30PM-1:30PMTags: 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
LUNCH:”Gone with the Vindaloo”:Vikram Nair, Book release by Suhel Seth
The Interpreter of Stories
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
3:30PM-4:30PMTags: 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
TEA TIME: Book Launch “Travails with Chachi” by Louise Khurshid, released by Suhel Seth
5:00PM-6:00PMTags: 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
6:00PM-7:00PMTags: 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
10:00AM-11:00AMTags: 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
11:15AM-12:15PMTags: 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
12:30PM-1:30PMTags: 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”
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
2:15PM-3:15PMTags: 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
3:30PM-4:30PMTags: 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
TEA TIME: Launch of the Australia India Institute Foreign Policy Series
Raj aur Samaj: Democracy and the People
Kalyani Shankar, Navin Chawla and Pavan Varma in conversation with Ravish
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
10:00AM-11:00AMTags: 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
11:15AM-12:15PMTags: 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
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”
LUNCH: Book Launch “Through a Feudal Window” by Indrajit Singh Rathore
Conquering the Chaos : Empowering the Future
Yashwant Sinha, Ravi Venkatesan,and Naveen Chawla in conversation with Paranjoy Guha Thakurta
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
3:30PM-4:30PMTags: 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”
TEA TIME: Book Launch “Jaipur: Gem in India” by Dr DK Taknet
10:00AM-11:00AMTags: 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
11:15AM-12:15PMTags: 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
12:30PM-1:30PMTags: 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
LUNCH :Book Launch : NAV-MATDATA : EK RAJNAITIK PRAYOG KI ANUBHAV YATRA by JyotiKiran
We the Drowned: Writing the Sea
2:15PM-3:15PMTags: 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
3:30PM-4:30PMTags: 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.
Debate: “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the rest”
5:00PM-6:00PMTags: 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