Anthony Horowitz OBE has been hailed by The New York Times as ‘the most original and best spy-kids author of the century’. Having starting writing at the age of eight and professionally since the age of 20, he is the author of the highly successful multi-million selling Alex Rider books. In addition, he is also… Read more »

From People to Citizens

A session that examines the role of the individual citizen rather than the amorphous ‘people’ in the context of aspirations and modernity, traditions and counter narratives, rural and urban spaces, privacy and technology. A citizen owes allegiance to the state and has social and political rights within it. A distinguished panel provides perspectives on the… Read more »

Congo Journey

Redmond O’Hanlon has journeyed among headhunters in deepest Borneo with the poet James Fenton and amid the most reticent, imperilled and violent tribe in the Amazon Basin with a nightclub manager. This, however, is his boldest journey yet. Accompanied by Lary Shaffer, an American friend and animal behaviourist, a man of imperfect health and brave… Read more »

Julia Donaldson: On Page, On Stage and On Screen

Julia Donaldson, author of the bestselling children’s book The Gruffalo, has created a vibrant and exuberant parallel world for young readers. In a joyous session of storytelling, performance and recitation, she speaks of writing for children, the strong performative element in her work and the process of transforming The Gruffalo and other books into film… Read more »

Remnants of a Separation

Revisiting the Partition of India through objects of memory, this session invokes notebooks, recipes, memoirs and first person accounts to understand the shadow of the divide and the horror and displacement that accompanied it. Artist and oral historian Aanchal Malhotra works with memory and material culture. She is the co-founder of The Museum of Material… Read more »

Narratives of Life and Living

Prem K. Krishnan is an inspirational educationist, writer and friend who has mentored generations of young people in unforgettable ways. Her recently published book, Narratives of Life and Living, is a collection of poetry, short stories, recollections and reflections. In an enriching session of conversation and readings, she speaks to Sanjoy K. Roy of memories… Read more »

The Hit Man: Anurag Kashyap in Conversation

Film director, writer, producer and actor Anurag Kashyap has been quoted as saying, “Cinema is the only religion I believe in.” Over the last two decades, Kashyap’s contribution to the Indian cinematic sensibility and consciousness has impacted both audiences and filmmakers. Edgy and experimental while grounded in the often harsh realities of his times, his… Read more »

Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods

A remarkable performance—half dance, half reading—by one of India’s most acclaimed and talented young poets. In Girls are Coming out of the Woods, Tishani Doshi inhabits the different homes: her childhood, the body, cities that were passed through, cycles of rain. There are poems of celebration and homages as there are poems lamenting human cruelty… Read more »

Rembrandt and the Mughals

This session examines the impact of Indian art and culture on Rembrandt (1606–1669) in the late 1650s. By pairing Rembrandt’s 22 extant drawings of Shah Jahan, Jahangir, Dara Shikoh and other Mughal courtiers with Mughal paintings of similar compositions, Stephanie Schrader critiques the prevailing notion that Rembrandt ‘brought life’ to the static Mughal art and… Read more »

The Man from the Egg

The iconic Sudha Murty returns to the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival to enchant audiences across generations with her wisdom and wit. She discusses her new book for young readers, and speaks of The Man from the Egg, The Serpent’s Revenge and other little known mythological tales, taking us back to magical times when humans could… Read more »

Bayan: In Testimony

Two prominent and iconic women writers read from their books and speak of the political and the personal in their work as they discuss the power of literature and the role of the writer in our changing times. Chitra Mudgal is the prolific and much-awarded writer of over ten books, including Aavan and Ek Zameen… Read more »

A Tale of Two Courts: Thanjavur and Travancore

Two of South India’s most brilliant historians tell the tale of two of South India’s most brilliant courts. In 1498, when Vasco da Gama set foot in Kerala looking for Christians and spices, he unleashed a wave of political fury that would topple local powers like a house of cards. The cosmopolitan fabric of a… Read more »