Ideas of Democracy

Salman Khurshid, Helena Kennedy, Brian Klaas and Sunil Khilnani  in conversation with Ornit Shani Anusha Ali, Official ZEE JLF At The British Library Blogger The distinguished panel discussed the changing role of democracy and democratic practices in a globalised world grappling with increasing political backlash, nationalistic sentiment, and the rise of neo-religious discourse in countries around… Read more »

Railways and the Raj

Christian Wolmar , Shashi Tharoor and Monisha Rajesh in conversation with Pragya Tiwari.  By Malavika Subramanyan The cultural legacy of British colonialism in India is a long one, not easily negotiated or explained. Its physical remnants, while equally difficult to parse through, are integrated into the functioning of the independent nation, and the life of… Read more »

Himalayan Connections

Andrew Duff, Emma Slade, Janice Pariat, and Prajwal Parajuly in conversation with Namita Gokhale Paula Van Hagen: Official ZEEJLF At The British Library Blogger JLF Co-director, Namita Gokhale, co-editor of the 2018 book, Himalaya, A Literary Homage to Adventures, Meditations and Life on the Roof of the World, revealed that she had chosen the panellists… Read more »

Two Koreas: Facts and Fictions

Suki Kim in conversation with Salil Tripathi Anusha Ali, Official ZEE JLF At The British Library Blogger Suki Kim, Korean American writer and Guggenheim fellow, award-winning novelist and New York Times non-fiction bestseller, spoke with writer and journalist Salil Tripathi about the impact of living in the isolationist authoritarian regime of North Korea, the tense… Read more »

Letters from Gandhi

Tridip Suhrud and Faisal Devji in conversation with Alex von Tunzelmann. Introduced by Dinesh Patnaik   By Louisa Tomlinson, ZEEJLF at the British Library Blog Editor   Ambassador Dinesh Patnaik introduced the session, citing Ghandi as a symbol of non-violence and proof that ‘the world is actually not a depressing place.’ He urged today’s politicians… Read more »

Interview with William Dalrymple

On Ten Years of Jaipur Literature Festival By Arjun Bhatia, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger   In 10 years, the Jaipur Literature Festival has gone from being an unnoticed assembly of 100-odd literary enthusiasts to a cultural extravaganza attracting over 300,000 people annually. It has grown into a true festival marked on the calendars of the… Read more »

Imagining Our Worlds: Inaugural Address


ZEE JLF @ The British Library Address by Namita Gokhale, William Dalrymple, Sanjoy K. Roy and Baroness Tessa Blackstone, Chairman of the British Library and Shreyasi Goenka, Content Advisor, DNA By Louisa Tomlinson, Jaipur Literature Festival Blog Editor Tessa Blackstone, Chairman of the British Library said she was ‘absolutely delighted’ to welcome the ZEE Jaipur… Read more »

Opening Address: India Sutra: Why I Am A Hindu


Shashi Tharoor in conversation with Namita Gokhale  By Louisa Tomlinson, ZEE JLF at The British Library  Blog Editor   Writer and politician Shashi Tharoor opened the first session of ZEE JLF at The British Library in style, with a rousing discussion with Festival Co-Director Namita Gokhale. Gokhale, who first met Tharoor when he published his… Read more »

Interview with Peter Bergen


By Arjun Bhatia, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger   Peter Bergen is one of the world’s greatest experts on Osama bin Laden. The acclaimed journalist produced bin Laden’s first television interview in 1997, in which the latter declared war against the United States to a Western audience for the first time. Since 9/11, the… Read more »

A Rendezvous with Leïla Slimani

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Jaipur Literature Festival Interview Series   By  Hemal Thakker, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger The Franco- Moroccan writer began her career by studying political science and media at Sciences Po, Paris. She worked briefly as a journalist for the newspaper, Jeune Afrique. In 2014, she published her first novel Dans le Jardin de l’Ogre, which was… Read more »

Closing Debate: #MeToo: Do Men Still Have It Too Easy?

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Bee Rowlatt, John Freeman, Pinky Anand, Ruchira Gupta, Sandip Roy, and Vinod Dua moderated by Namita Bhandare By Akunth, Medhavi Dhyani, and Bhavika Bhuwalka, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Bloggers When the #MeToo movement took the world by storm last year, there was an eruption of voices from across the world: many came to support… Read more »

Anil’s Ghost

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Michael Ondaatje in conversation with Chandrahas Choudhury By Archita Mittra, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger Sri Lankan-born Canadian author, editor and filmmaker Michael Ondaatje needs little introduction. Yet despite being one of the most celebrated writers of contemporary times, the Man Booker Prize winner still feels that he is one of those “doubtful” writers,… Read more »