Constructed Identities, Appropriated Culture

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Celebrating 10 Years of the Jaipur Literature Festival Prachi Bhagwat, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger   “Nations as a natural, God-given way of classifying men, as an incoherent… political destiny, are a myth; nationalism, which sometimes invents them, and often obliterates pre-existing cultures: that is a reality.” – Ernest Gellner   In his book,… Read more »

World Literature and Translation

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Celebrating 10 Years of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival By Arjun Bhatia, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger   ‘There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.’ ― P.G. Wodehouse In a world that continues to be fissured along old and new lines, there is little that can… Read more »

ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogging Competition Results

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After a truly overwhelming response to the this year’s competition, we are happy to announce the winners and highly commended shortlist:   Bloggers: Apekshita Varshney Sita Cherukumalli Rohit Chakraborty Rahul Rema Mukandan Arjun Bhatia Rushati Mukherjee Prachi Bhagwat Polly Allen Harish Alagappa Eloise Stevens   Photo Bloggers: Chetan Singh Gill Rajendra Kapoor   Highly Commended… Read more »

Competition Entry #33 | Freedom to Dream: India at 70

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ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogging Competition Shortlisted Entry   The Games Indians Play By Harish Alagappa   Cricket was first introduced to India in the eighteenth century, by homesick employees of the British East India company. It took almost a century for Indians themselves to warm up to it, but by the early 1900s, cricket… Read more »

Competition Entry #32 | Freedom to Dream: India at 70

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ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogging Competition Shortlisted Entry   The Freedom to Dream: India at 70 Maria Lindén, 49 years old, Stockholm, Sweden   I’m not Indian, I’m a returning visitor, and maybe it´s not my call to write on a theme like “The freedom to dream: India at 70”. After six trips to the… Read more »

Competition Entry #31 | Freedom to Dream: India at 70

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ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogging Competition Shortlisted Entry   What is Freedom? Almas Khateeb, 25 years old, Mumbai How do we tackle this abstruse question? Shall we get all-serious and try to find answers in dictionaries? The online Oxford Dictionary defines Freedom in multiple ways, such as “the power or right to act, speak, or… Read more »

Competition Entry #30 | Freedom to Dream: India at 70

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ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogging Competition Shortlisted Entry The Freedom to Dream: India at 70 Prachi B, 21 years old, Pune   A little over a hundred years ago, Rokeya Shakhawat, a fearless writer living in politically volatile Bengal, penned a story titled Sultana’s Dream. The story envisioned a world that challenged all that was… Read more »

Competition Entry #29 | Freedom to Dream: India at 70

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ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogging Competition Shortlisted Entry   A Borrowed Prayer Jyoti Saini, 24 years, Ludhiana, Punjab   Her crinkled hand always sought a place on my shoulder while I read aloud and translated tales of worlds lost and found in books for her. The seventy-year-old curiosity of my nani could only understand two… Read more »

Competition Entry #28 | Freedom to Dream: India at 70

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ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogging Competition Shortlisted Entry   The Freedom to Dream: India at 70 Niharika Verma, 22 years old, Delhi   India, our beloved Bharat Mata, our motherland, is celebrating her 70th birthday this year: the result of the love that thousands of freedom fighters had for her, a love so great that… Read more »

Competition Entry #27 | Freedom to Dream: India at 70

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ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogging Competition Shortlisted Entry   The Freedom to Dream: India at 70 Vashi Negi, 20 years old, Roorkee   When I see ‘freedom’, ‘dream’, and ‘70’ in the same sentence I think about my grandfather. He came from a small village in the tribal region of Kinnaur and had a modest… Read more »

Competition Entry #26 | Freedom to Dream: India at 70

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ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogging Competition Shortlisted Entry   The Freedom to Dream: India at 70 Ivy Bhattacharya, 20 years old, Vellore A war had just ended. India sat at the breakfast table, hunched over the morning newspaper, reading article after article full of death and drear and pointing fingers. The words rose in ragged sharp… Read more »