Explorations: Freedom to Dream

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Anuradha Beniwal in conversation with Puneeta Roy   By Rushati Mukherjee, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger   To describe Anuradha Beniwal as just a travel blogger does no justice to her extraordinary versatility. She is a national-level chess champion, a teacher and activist for women’s rights, a journalist, and once considered training as a… Read more »

Mallika Dua: #nofilter

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Mallika Dua in conversation with Suhel Seth Presented by RED FM   By Rushati Mukherjee, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger   ‘I’ve always been full of shit for as long as I can remember’: this declaration set the tone for comedian Mallika Dua’s session. Speaking to writer and entrepreneur Suhel Seth in a jam-packed… Read more »

Remembering the Raj

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Shashi Tharoor in conversation with Michael Dwyer and Dr Jon Wilson Presented by Patrika Game Changers Series   By Rushati Mukherjee, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2017 Blogger   The charisma of ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival regular Shashi Tharoor and the passion of Dr Jon Wilson, author of India Conquered: Britain’s Raj and the Chaos… Read more »

Olympus

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Devdutt Pattanaik introduced by Amita Tripathi   By Rushati Mukherjee, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger   Like a master storyteller, Devdutt Pattanaik illustrates his arguments with ornamental stories but explains them with pin-point precision. His mischievous references to contemporary issues make the crowd laugh, and his laughter makes them laugh harder. At a jam-packed… Read more »

Standing on an Apple Box: Memoirs and Memories

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Aishwaryaa Rajnikanth Dhanush in conversation with Sudha Sadhanand The Real Women Series presented by Dove   By Rushati Mukherjee, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger   Aishwaryaa Rajnikanth Dhanush has a fortuitous name. Within it, the force of her individuality is shadowed by two men: men whose influence has shaped some of the most significant… Read more »

The Tamil Story

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Imayam Annamalai, Kannan Sundaram, Perumal Murugan, and Subhashree Krishnaswamy in conversation with Sudha Sadhanand   By Rushati Mukherjee, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2017 Blogger   The short story in Tamil has had a much briefer history than the poem or the novel; it was created through the influence of European literature and then subsumed… Read more »

Before We Visit the Goddess

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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni in conversation with Shrabani Basu   By Rushati Mukherjee, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2017 Blogger   The jam-packed crowd gathered early for Indian-American novelist Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s session was testament to the allure of her words. A luminous smile, gracious acknowledgement of every question, passion and compassion exuding from her responses:… Read more »

We The People of India

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Ashok Desai, Madhav Khosla and Pratap Bhanu Mehta in conversation  with Chintan Chandrachud   Apekshita Varshney, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger   What is the one thing that separates Indians from Americans? If a lousy white joke came to mind, you’re wrong. It is having a basic knowledge about their country’s constitution. Most Indians stop thinking about… Read more »

Imagine: The Freedom to Dream

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Anne Waldman introduced by Puneeta Roy   By Rushati Mukherjee, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2017 Blogger   Anne Waldman is a poet, professor, performer, author and activist. Her poetry travels through one’s blood. The ‘rage’ that propelled her through her early years of poetry could scorch the sun, but her wit and affection can… Read more »

Shillong Chamber Choir Interview

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By Arjun Bhatia, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger   The Shillong Chamber Choir shot to fame after winning India’s Got Talent in 2010. The group has performed for political leaders such as former Indian President Pratibha Patil and outgoing US President Barack Obama. It has also won awards for its spellbinding performances in a… Read more »

Inauguration of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2017

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Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Anne Waldman, Gulzar, Sadhguru   By Louisa Tomlinson, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger   The Jaipur Literature Festival celebrated its tenth birthday in grand style today, with a glittering inauguration featuring Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, celebrated yogi Sadhguru, iconic Beat poet and activist Anne Waldman, and legendary poet Gulzar Sahib…. Read more »

10 Years of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival

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By Arjun Bhatia, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger   In 2006, India’s Pink City hosted a fairly unremarkable event, where 100 or so people gathered to listen to some 20-odd writers talk about literature. Some of them ‘appeared to be tourists who had simply got lost,’ quipped Co-Director William Dalrymple about the festival’s humble… Read more »