Lok Bhasha: The Oxford Dictionaries’ Hindi Word of the Year

The much awaited and exciting announcement of the first ever Oxford Dictionaries’ ‘Hindi Word of the Year ‘ will be made at the 2018 edition of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival. Hindi is one of the most spoken languages in the world and the jury decision on the word, which has found greatest resonance in… Read more »

Scandinavian Noir

Scandinavian noir pioneered a new international genre of crime fiction, which also found its place in film and television and became a part of international consciousness. The brooding morally complex style has deep social perspectives and probes the darker aspects of society while seeking justice and equity. Presented by Nordic Lights

Book Launch: Brigitte Singh: Printress of the Mughal Garden by Bishwadeep Moitra

Brigitte Singh first came to Sanganer, Jaipur’s hand block printing centre, as a student of miniatures. Today, 30 years later, the visual almanac of her work gives us a truly alternative way to read medieval and modern civilisation encounters—through the evolution and transmission of motifs and craft techniques over centuries. Singh’s exquisite work with block… Read more »

The Future of New Writing

John Freeman, former editor of Granta and now editor of his eponymous Freeman’s magazine, has spent much of the last year trying to augur the direction that literature is taking and define its future stars: “With each passing year,” he writes, “it struck me as a diminishment for literary culture to peer into the future… Read more »

Armed and Dangerous: Of Words and Lovers

Amitava Kumar and Manu Joseph, two high octane contemporary writers stand up for the play of words and tell it as it is. Manu Joseph, author of numerous novels, including Miss Layla: Armed and Dangerous, brings his devastating humour and sharp wit to a stand-up version of the social anthropology of writers and the writing… Read more »

Lands Where I Flee

Human beings are a nomadic species and migrations remain a constant part of human history. Economic migrants, political refugees, immigrants and emigrants chart new languages and societies, navigating exile and discovery, alienation and acceptance. Panelists from across continents and cultures discuss recent narratives of human exodus. Benjamin Dix, previously a Communications Manager at the UN,… Read more »

Letters to Gandhi

The Mahatma’s own writings are known to the world through books and anthologies and the 97 volumes of the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi. His letters too comprise a vast and important archive. The renowned scholar of political science and cultural history, Tridip Suhrud, brings alive the Mahatma’s life, times and convictions by juxtaposing letters… Read more »

Then We Came to the End

Joshua Ferris’s Then We Came to the End is one of the most acutely observed, dazzling American debuts of recent years. Ferris was born in Illinois in 1974. He is the author of Then We Came to the End, which was nominated for the National Book Award and longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award,… Read more »

Milarepa: The Master and His Teachings

The great Buddhist poet-sage Milarepa (c. 1052-1135 CE) is considered Tibet’s greatest mystic and his biography is one of the great sacred narratives of the Himalayan world. The story of his dramatic and troubled life, his enlightenment and the songs and poems he composed continue to inspire generations of spiritually minded people. An illuminating session… Read more »

Why I Am a Hindu

In his new book Why I Am a Hindu, writer and politician Shashi Tharoor delves deep into the spiritual traditions and philosophy of the religion and presents his own understanding and convictions. From the ‘Hinduism of habit’ practised by ordinary believers to manifestations of political Hinduism, from the Great Souls such as Patanjali, Adi Shankaracharya,… Read more »

A Tribute to Gauri Lankesh

Gauri Lankesh, a courageous and committed activist-journalist, was assassinated outside her home in Bangalore on the night of September 5, 2017. The Way I See It: A Gauri Lankesh Reader, edited by Chandan Gowda, presents a selection of her writings, flagging the unfinished work and uphill struggles that remain her inspirational legacy. A session of… Read more »