134. The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life

An award-winning Harvard professor shares his wildly popular course on classical Chinese philosophy, showing you how ancient ideas—like the fallacy of the authentic self—can guide you on the path to a good life today. Why is a course on ancient Chinese philosophers one of the most popular at Harvard? Because it challenges all our modern… Read more »

128. Main Aur Woh: Conversations with Myself

Acclaimed poet, lyricist, screenwriter and advertising professional Prasoon Joshi is also chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification. In a freewheeling conversation, he speaks of the power of words, the relationship of poetry, music and literature, the platform for popular poetry through cinema and the merits and perils of public culture in the age… Read more »

125a. Andhakar Kaal: Colonialism and its After Effects

Bestselling author and politician Shashi Tharoor discusses the history and after effects of colonialism. In a significant session based on the Hindi version of An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India, Andhakar Kaal: British Samrajya Bharat Mein, he speaks with journalist and writer Anant Vijay and editor and journalist Saurabh Dwivedi of the… Read more »

120. Vita and Virginia: The True Love Story Behind Orlando

The love affair between two of the great women writers of the early 20th century, Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville West, produced one of the century’s greatest novels, Orlando. This gender-bending masterpiece was inspired by the tumultuous family history of Woolf’s lover and close friend, the aristocratic poet and novelist, Sackville West. It is arguably… Read more »

114. The Art of the Novel: On Writing Fiction

Where does fiction come from? What is the process of its creation? How do you make up characters and situations that are believable? And why should the reader care? Five of the world’s greatest living novelists, Amy Tan, Chika Unigwe, Helen Fielding, Joshua Ferris and Michael Ondaatje, share their insights on the art of the… Read more »

108. The Dancer and the Dance

Scholar, artiste, danseuse Sonal Mansingh’s passion for her art is matched by her passion for life. In conversation with Sujata Prasad, author of Sonal Mansingh: A Life Like No Other, she speaks of the legacy of three dance forms—Bharatnatyam, Odissi and Chhau—as well as the evolution of classical arts in post Independence India and a… Read more »

139. The Feminine Gaze: Women Writing Memoir

How does a woman capture her own life in writing? How different is feminine memoir from that of a man, and also from the autobiographical novel? Masters of the genre, Abeer Y. Hoque, Alia Malek, Amy Tan and Juliet Nicolson, discuss the difficulty of pinning the self to paper with in conversation with Keggie Carew.

138a. Book Launch: Chinatown Days by Rita Chowdhury

It is the early 19th century. The British East India Company has been bringing in Chinese slaves to work in the tea gardens of Assam. Amidst days of misery and toil, they slowly begin to find contentment in their day-to-day lives. In post-independence Assam, Mei Lin, descended from the slave Ho Han, lives a life… Read more »

133. Rajpath Aur Lokpath: Of the People, For the People

Rajasthan is India’s largest state in terms of size. Its rugged terrain and rich traditions have forged a unique cultural identity. In a freewheeling conversation, the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, a longstanding friend of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, speaks of her love for books and her government’s role in nurturing public spaces as platforms… Read more »

127. The People Next Door

India and her neighbours share common borders, histories and cultures. Writer and diplomat T.C.A. Raghavan, author of The People Next Door: The Curious History of India’s Relationship with Pakistan, in conversation with writers on and from Pakistan, the North-West Frontier, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar. A session that examines contiguities, seeks commonalities and searches perspectives on… Read more »

125. Chalo Ek Baar Phir Se: Celebrating Lyric Poetry

Lyric poetry is the medium of the masses in India, bringing accomplished verses to the greater public and creating a rooted musical and poetic aesthetic. The powerful works of a generation of immortal lyricists found voice in the post independence cinema of the fifties and sixties. Legendary writers like Shakeel Badayuni, Hazrat Jaipuri, Sahir Ludhianvi,… Read more »

113. Greed and Human Aspiration

“He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have,” said Socrates. Greed is one of the driving forces of modern society. Consumption and aspiration are fuelled by an orchestrated manipulation by dream merchants who focus on immediate gratification and collective addiction. There are established… Read more »