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  1. Huiling Zhu

    Professor Sen’s story is very impressive. I can’t image that such a great thinker could pass on his great ideas in such a lovely way. His wishes are his concerns about his country and the whole world. I am sure the audiences would be impressed a lot. We need such great masters as Professor Sen, who loves his country, wants to make it a better place and would like to enlighten children to get start to think about these big questions.

  2. leena

    overwhelmed with the way proffessor addressed in the fest.. presentation makes a lot of difference..

  3. robert G

    Julie: Excellent writing. Excellent descriptiveness. Excellent discretion. I didnt want to about the lingam ajingam thing.

    “I fell in love with at least a hundred handsome, moustached men in Rajasthan.” Mr. Singh was the most excellent … and as you said he was an accomplished camel driver and polo stick handler .. Camel Polo. What about the terrific motorcycle ride you took with that lad from America … .

    Such good writing … and I am delighted to read more about your adventures.

  4. Karen

    Cinderella deserves to go to the ball – your blog is amazing and an inspiration to female singe travellers. xx

  5. Kate Adams

    I love the way you’ve described the time spent at the Festival…am so looking forward to the first of many visits… :)

  6. Ila gupta

    Wonderfully evocative of the beat and rythm of JLF. as a proud participant since its inception I value your handsome praise for the color and spirit of the festival

  7. Ila gupta

    We love our loyal friends who come back year after year ! And esp special writers like arshiya who make JLF the most treasured lit fest for its friendships and warmth and all the many hues that arshiya has enumerated ! Thank you

  8. shashi

    All I can say is, never having read the works of Ruskin bond myself, this re-working makes me want to read him as soon as i can. Great work Prerna.

    • Prerna

      Bond’s work will take you on the most beautiful journeys. You’re in for a delightful time!

  9. Reader

    It is very reminiscent of Bond, however it is almost as if he decided to accept that “there are people with cellphones in his memory palace of dehra”. A refreshing read. Very much Bond.

  10. Shruti

    Very engrossing story and contemporary too. You have described the feelings of the girl very well. I could empathize with the character and that is what makes you a good story teller. Keep it up.

  11. Ann sequeira

    Fantastic piece of work . Shivani is an artist who knits wirds beautfully
    Thank you
    Ann Sequeira

  12. Ann sequeira

    Fantastic piece of work . Shivani is an artist who knits wirds beautfully Her hold over the English Language is remarkable
    Thank you
    Ann Sequeira

  13. Shoma

    The countdown to my first visit to the Jaipur Literature Festival has already begun and Shrabani Basu’s blog sets the scene for what to expect when I arrive at this literary extravaganza. Finally a chance to come face to face with our favourite writers and the best of minds in an informal space and not to forget the endless cups of tea from khullar over animated discussions. I know this will be an experience to savour and make me want to come back for more!

  14. पद्मजा शर्मा

    अच्छा बयां किया है । अति सुंदर । बधाई । अबके हमें भी इन आवाजों में अपनी एक आवाज मिलाने का अवसर उपस्थित हुआ है ।

  15. Manpreet Sharma

    Good to have a book on ( Indian ) parenting !! Moreover initiatives to run workshops for parents are required .
    Learning /adopting better practices requires a few ( at least 3-4 sessions ) for it to sink in.
    Being a parent and a “learning and development” corporate professional I feel this area needs a great deal of attention. Professionals undergo training/ learning sessions to be better managers/ leaders. Even more important is to know how to raise your child/ children – to be ready to face the world


    Sexual revolution has started long way back when these powerful women authors started expressing their views . Looking forward to see some of the great personalities at JLF.

  17. om

    From the discussion it appeared as if first we make theories than try to selective put the events to fit in to prove those theories by hook or crook.
    My question to
    1, Syed salman Chisty: if we are open to listen within and outside, why the discussion on Koran or other Muslim symbol is considered as taboo.? Sufism may be open to accommodate all, but threadbare discussion on Koran and other Islamic symbols is and will remain taboo.
    2. Shashi Tharoor: why your every question was deep fried in the party specific political angle instead of being with critical analysis of the issue in hand?
    3. P. sivakami: You proved existence of categorization and compartmentalization of society related to problems of city life by citing example of villages. Why could not you see that problem of villages are far different than that of the city and government functioning? To begin with try to analyse two problems separately and you will find that caste based issues of villages and organised government institutes of cities are far different.

  18. Niraj Pant

    I have read the earlier books of Atul Gawande, I got to use his book on the CHECKLISTS actually in the work. I am sure of this book will be relevant to all the readers, and for the medical profession!

  19. Ketan Jain

    Can’t wait to get my hands on ‘India’!
    A very well written and interesting article.
    Nice work :)

  20. Tridash Chopra

    Can we have a youtube link to it as well for those who couldnt attend the event.

    • jlfAdmin

      Hi Tridash Chopra

      yes you can see sessions videos
      visit ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Website go to 2016 programme section and you’ll each session and each day over there.

      Thanks for Visiting us!

  21. Dr Rahul Tiwari

    thanks Anu, very Beautiful. It was a pleasure to meet you at the literature festival this year. Dr Rahul Tiwari, lok nayak hospital New Delhi

  22. Pallavi Choudhari

    Yes , I do believe that .It is best place for all sort of people.

  23. Ojasi

    Prerna, I must say, it’s technically a post modern and thus very well written story. Kudos

  24. neeru

    During reading a book Delhi written by Late Sh. Khushwant singh. just struck in my mind….dis is a male account of the hijra life…what about a hijra writing his own story…. And I found dis….great. I would luv to read d book.

  25. ila gupta

    brilliantly said … im in total agreement ,
    its an amorphous indefinable transient yet tangible idea sustained despite religion caste inequity disparity color etc .. it is pride in an identity not attached to all of the above yet anchored intrinsically to all of the above

  26. priya

    I am Impress With your blog post,great job and thanks for this this information…………….

  27. link

    With a definitive election looming large over 2014, there was no doubt that the minds gathered at the Jaipur Literature Festival would express their political opinions – they just couldn’t come to any sort of consensus.

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  29. saki

    nice blog too informative. looking and reading your points its so impressive. doing more blog like this. i really appreciated doing like this.

  30. Shu Sabater

    Throughout this great scheme of things you’ll get an A+ for hard work. Where exactly you confused me ended up being on your specifics. As as the maxim goes, details make or break the argument.. And it couldn’t be much more true at this point. Having said that, let me inform you what exactly did give good results. Your article (parts of it) is quite persuasive and this is most likely the reason why I am taking the effort to comment. I do not make it a regular habit of doing that. Secondly, despite the fact that I can see the jumps in reason you come up with, I am not necessarily convinced of exactly how you seem to unite the ideas which in turn help to make your conclusion. For the moment I will subscribe to your position but wish in the near future you actually connect your facts better.

  31. Sriram Chadalavada

    Superbly well written! Pakistani pride in Indus Valley doesn’t absolve the country of selective cultural amnesia. Whether citizens of the civilization were Vedic, as we understand today, they do seem to have elements of Pashupati and mother Goddess worship and it is more accurate to use terms Hindu or Dharmic , rather than pagan(term used mostly by converting Christians for the others ) to describe those aspects.

  32. vk Sudhakar

    Excellent article! Very lucidly articulated and skillfully presented for readers to vividly picture dynamically changing India from its prehistoric era to current times. May such authors continue to introduce India to the Indians who jump to conclusion with their parochial mind least mindful of the nature of our broader anthology.

  33. Alprazolam

    The Jaipur Literature Festival has grown in leaps and bounds from humble beginnings into an important literary event. Find out all you need to know about planning your trip and attending the festival here.

  34. Alprazolam

    Several teaching guides and books of study notes have been published to help teachers and students gain the most from the book.

  35. Alprazolam

    From Nobel laureate Amartya Sen’s cheeky opening address to the final rumbling debate about democracy, each day of the 2014 Jaipur Literature Festival brought with it an underlying questioning of global monoculture.

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  37. Sriram Chadalavada

    Very informative! Where are the scientifically trained Indian historians and archaeologists to decode oral tradition? What institutions in India are researching or teaching on this topic? With all respect to contributions from researchers from elsewhere, shouldn’t the longer term responsibility of engaging with our own heritage be at least shared?

  38. Sriram Chadalavada

    This history of Indian liberalism is incomplete and biased in favor of atheistic beliefs. Modernity need not necessarily mean wholesale rejection of spiritual beliefs. One need not throw the baby out with the bath water.
    The author ignores the presence of the Nasadiya Sukta of the Rigveda which “astronomer Carl Sagan quoted in discussing India’s “tradition of skeptical questioning and unselfconscious humility before the great cosmic mysteries.” in the original Cosmos TV series Episode 10.
    I recommend author read https://www.amazon.com/Sartha-Caravan-S-L-Bhyrappa/dp/0195676017 for an account of the debates between schools of various philosophy schools as late as during 8th century when Adi Sankara’s Advaita triumphed. Traditionally, there is even an account of a married woman taking on him. And subsequently dualist schools debated against and built upon his philosophy suited for their theistic milieu. This debating culture wasn’t revived until Akbar held the Ibaadat Khana .

  39. Sriram Chadalavada

    While agreeing with the overall argument of the blog post of a civilizational strength of plurality , I wonder why is it that the author uses western terms such as cognitive dissonance even for quintessentially Indian strengths as evidenced by the very well known head bobble :)?? I think while there may be no conspiracy theories, there appears to be “cognitive bias” among the westernized urban Indians who don’t always quite appreciate our own strengths or praise our own. Are we really better than the west or for that matter China or Japan in having a shared sense of rational civilizational pride? On the flipside, this is also concomitant on a more mature dialogue and marketing to get to that point.

    For instance, the author’s claim that the paper was presented by IISc scientists flies against the face of facts!

    For finally recognizing that on climate change, Indians had no religious obstacle, this blog post far understates the ethos of environmental custodianship that is still very evident in many parts of rural India and rejected by urban India precisely because it blindly imitates the west which is itself trying to solve environmental sustainability issues it created through technology. Far from snakes being the origin of some original sin, they are worshipped in Indian villages. The cow’s status in rural India and Dharmic religious families has meant that India has never had the environmental footprint of the beef industry of the west.

    All this suggests the aftereffects of centuries and decades of Muslim, British and left leaning intellectual rule that significantly marginaized the role for Indic knowledge and which now needs to be balanced. However, I agree that needs to be in consonance with global scientific and capitalist drives.


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  41. Sriram Chadalavada

    Dara Shikoh’s assassination by his zealot and power hungry brother Aurangazeb was a most tragic page in the syncretic history book of the country. Indeed, there is a work of fiction somewhere of the alternate history of India had he become the emperor.

    Any part of educated and sophisticated Islam and culture that adds to the current tapestry of India such as Sufi syncretic music, Islamic chants would always be welcome by the predominant Hindu culture in our democracy. From a Hindu philosophical viewpoint, Islam is a very dualist religion with a stark contrast between Allah and his chosen people and of course there is an element of exceptionalism.

    An APJ Kalam, AR Rahman or Parvez Rasool, will always be feted but someone like Zakir Naik who humiliated someone like SriSri on a public stage wanting to show off himself as the aggressive better where as Sri Sri wanted dialog will get his goose cooked .

  42. Sriram Chadalavada

    The other important thing is to disallow another Aurangazeb of any religion or ideology to have such absolute power in India ever again. While the checks and balances of Indian democracy do slow it down considerably in some arbitrary ways compared to more mature democracies, they have largely prevented a totalitarian from taking over.. That is something to be preserved. Contrast this to the history of other countries in South Asia and even China.

  43. Sriram Chadalavada

    While an external viewpoint is essential for every large nation that has a sense that “it is THE center of the world” as is the case with the US today, for a dose of global reality, it is staggering that the view of the west is considered so important to India as to merit a separate blog in the “the Idea of India” because historically the western worldview largely looked after her own interest FIRST.

    The fact that the west considered India as a single entity is actually welcome since its a recognition of the historical reality that India while encompassing all the diversity was one nation since at least the time of the Maurya empire which is something most uninformed or superficially modern Indians themselves do not know or acknowledge!

    Not until India engages with the west on her terms as China or even Singapore are already doing, will the country make genuine progress. And while western discovery of recent Indian modernity is welcome, India should try to wean away from a habit of seeking approval of the west in her journey towards growth and genuine independence.

    When we have a parliament with real time Indian language translation better than Europe’s for our nation builders, when Indian authors in regional languages get Nobel prizes, when our cities are empowered with executive and financial powers, our rural brethren can live their lives prosperously according to their priorities, our urban elite rely on public transportation more than private cars, private sector really practice environmental sustainability as in Europe and only limited parts of US and when billionaires such as Ambanis actually believe in philanthropy and enable social enterprises as do Warren Buffet, Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg,that’s real engagement with the west.

    The idea of India should never have to be largely defined by the west, although they could provide essential perspective, feedback as some westerners already do.

  44. Sriram Chadalavada

    I’d like to congratulate the author on his passion and blog writing skills. We may disagree on the direction to adopt but in keeping with Indic traditions of intellectual and spiritual respect, Namaste!

    How can the demographic dividend be actualized? The current government is expanding educational institutions and reforming regulatory institutions to establish globally competitive quality standards and ensure institutional autonomy for reputed organizations. There has been talk about strategies for improving global research ranking which like the Olympic performance is at present, barring notable exceptions, pitiful.

    How will climate change be addressed? Our Indic religions that have enshrined environmental custodianship need to be encouraged to provide mass mobilization and habit change in urban areas and maintain and enshrine the good aspects of culture in rural areas. Pursue renewable energy and nuclear power (which India has Thorium deposits for) both of which the current government is driving hard for! And for hydroelectric power, stick to small dams(Big dams are bad!https://newint.org/features/2003/03/01/water-dams/) such as on the Brahmaputra.

    And how exactly will economic inequalities be addressed? By shedding the shibboleths of the socialist past where the state trampled initiative and created inertia and that ALLOWED population to proliferate, precision targeted subsidizing (Aadhar) to the poor and deserving(with max 3 children and documented community service), by enabling innovative entrepreneurs (urban or rural) to profit from their energy and ideas and thereby create millions of jobs and by holding the wealthiest on the Forbes list accountable to a rule of law and constantly comparing them with the responsible wealthy in the west.

    Rabindranath Tagore who gave the eloquent quote won a nobel for his work in Bangla. When will the next poet/writer from regional language emerge? The major urban centers have to help make this happen.

    If there is a any lesson that India can learn from Brexit, it is that the educated urbanites must create opportunities for the rest or risk disconnect!

  45. preeti

    congratulations on bringing the series on Literature…

    it is deeply researched…

  46. 娛樂城

    I’m really enjoying the design and layout of your site. It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a developer to create your theme? Fantastic work!

  47. B M SINGH

    this is a wonderful experience,an event nver ever misable for all those who love life,literature,music,ethics aesthetics and much more beyond words. i attended last year with my wife and shall make it every year and also in jan 2017

    bm singh,amritsar



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