Gardens of Paradise

Tom Stuart-Smith, Jurjen Vandertas, Philippa Vaughan, Mehreen Chida-Razvi and Nur Sobers-Khan in conversation with William Dalrymple Presented by Aga Khan Foundation Paula Van Hagen, Official ZEEJLF At The British Library Blogger ZEEJLF Co-Director and author, William Dalrymple introduced the session by welcoming the “extraordinary” panel. Philippa Vaughan, an art historian who currently advises on conservation… Read more »

Scenes From A Marriage

Meena Kandasamy, Neelima Dalmia Adhar and Jaishree Misra in conversation with Ashok Ferrey By Malavika Subramanyan, Official ZEE JLF at The British Library Blogger  This was a fascinating session about writing, marital abuse, #MeToo, and Freud (except it was mostly Gandhi). One of the parameters of success in a society is its marriages; and marriages… Read more »

Ghosts of Empire

Maya Jasanoff, Charles Allen and Shashi Tharoor in conversation with Kwasi Kwarteng Paula Van Hagen: Official ZEEJLF At The British Library Blogger Ably chaired by British politician and historian, Kwasi Kwarteng, it is perhaps no surprise that a session considering the impact and legacy of the British Empire should be host to heated debate and… Read more »

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Katherine Boo in conversation with Bee Rowlatt Presented by Aga Khan Foundation  By Anusha Ali, Official ZEE JLF At The British Library Blogger Katherine Boo, renowned investigative journalist, Pulitzer laureate and writer, discussed her latest book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers.  Boo explained that investigative journalism is the pursuit of stories that reveal something about the… Read more »

The View From Raisina Hill

Meghnad Desai, Suhel Seth, Dinesh Patnaik and John Elliott in conversation with Mukulika Bannerjee  By Malavika Subramanyan In Lord Meghnad Desai’s new book The Raisina Model, he examines the nature and workings of Indian parliamentary democracy, which is unique among the parliamentary democracies of the world. In his opening remarks, Desai addressed the question of… Read more »

Culture and Continuity: Sites of Memory

Kishwar Desai, Suhair Khan, Matt Reed and Roly Keating in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy, introduced by Jamie Andrews Anusha Ali, Official ZEE JLF At The British Library Blogger The British Library was the perfect setting for this fascinating exploration of the re-telling and re-interpretation of history in the modern world. Chief Executive Roly Keating… Read more »

Shabana Azmi: The Word Set Free

Shabana Azmi in conversation with Sangeeta Datta Presented by ZEE Entertainment By Paula Van Hagen: Official ZEEJLF At The British Library Blogger I’m every woman, it’s all in me Anything you want done, baby, I’ll do it naturally I’m Every Woman, Chaka Khan Opening with these rousing lines from the legendary Chaka Khan was a… Read more »

Initiations: Writing Race

Kayo Chingonyi and Nikesh Shukla in conversation with Prajwal Parajuly By Malavika Subramanyan Earlier this year, Zambian-born British poet Kayo Chingonyi was awarded the International Dylan Thomas prize for his debut collection Kumukanda, and Nikesh Shukla published his third book, The One Who Wrote Destiny. They sat down for an hour’s conversation with writer Prajwal… Read more »

Subhas Chandra Bose’s Death: Fact and Fiction

Ashis Ray and Anita Bose Pfaff in conversation with Somnath Batabyal Paula Van Hagen: Official ZEEJLF At The British Library Blogger   It is almost 73 years since the mysterious death of Indian nationalist and revolutionary Subhas Chandra Bose in August 1945. In 1942, the British government put out a story saying Bose had died… Read more »

Girls Are Coming Out Of The Woods

Tishani Doshi introduced by Janice Pariat By Malavika Subramanyan “If you want to know the truth, find the poets” ~ Find The Poets, Tishani Doshi Day 1 at ZEE JLF at The British Library culminated in a powerful performance of poetry and dance by novelist, dancer, and poet Tishani Doshi. Introduced by writer Janice Pariat,… Read more »

100 Years of the Suffragette

Helena Kennedy, Anita Anand and Angela Saini in conversation with Bee Rowlatt, introduced by Penny Brook Presented by Asia House By Malavika Subramanyan 2018 marks the centenary of women above the age of 30 (and owning property of some value) gaining the right to vote under British law. While no one can say that the… Read more »

The Commonwealth of Nations

Philip Murphy, Y.K Sinha, David Howell, Rita Payne and Salil Tripathi in conversation with John Elliott By Paula Van Hagen: Official ZEEJLF At The British Library Blogger   British journalist John Elliott has lived and worked in South Asia for over 25 years, writing for the Financial Times, Fortune and The Economist. Opening the session,… Read more »