Under the Shadow: Rage and Revolution in Modern Turkey

Turkey stands at the crossroads of the Middle East—caught between the West and ISIS, Syria and Russia and governed by an increasingly forceful leader. Acclaimed writer Kaya Genç has been covering his country for the past decade. In his book, Under the Shadow: Rage and Revolution, he meets activists from both sides of Turkey’s political… Read more »

Itihaas: Translating Historical Fiction

Sriman Yogi, Ranjit Desai’s powerful telling of the life of Shivaji Chhatrapati Maharaj, has been rendered in English by Vikrant Pande as Shivaji, the Great Maratha. Patanni Prabhuta or The Glory of Patan has been recently translated by Abhijit and Rita Kothari. The rich heritage of Indian historical writing is presented and discussed through these… Read more »

On First Novels

Where does fiction come from? What is the process of its creation, especially if you have never done it before? How do you make up characters and situations that are believable, and why should the reader care? Four distinguished first novelists—Diksha Basu, Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Prayaag Akbar and Sandip Roy—share their insights, mistakes and breakthrough moments… Read more »

Telling the Stories of 833 Million

“Between fake optimism and cynical pessimism there lies a territory called hope. I live there.” P. Sainath is founder/editor of the People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI) and a rural reporter who has covered the Indian countryside with passion and conscience. He is the author of Everybody Loves a Good Drought: Stories From India’s Poorest… Read more »

Hitler and His Times

A session that examines the perverted psychology and pathology of the Third Reich and the heroic courage of the resistance movements that stood against it. Anna Funder’s All That I Am brings to light the tragic story of German activists who mounted a fierce and cunning resistance. Norman Ohler’s book, Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany,… Read more »

Blood and Silk: Power and Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia

Blood and Silk is a thought-provoking, personal look at modern Southeast Asia, written by one of the region’s most experienced outside observers. Michael Vatikiotis gives a personal account of what it’s like to sit at the table with Thai Muslim insurgents, mediate between warring clans in the Southern Philippines and console the victims of political… Read more »

Of Dastarkhans and Diet Regimes: Cookbooks Across Generations

Chand Sur, born in undivided India nine decades ago, settled in Lucknow with her husband as an aftermath of the Partition. Together with her daughter Sunita Kohli, she has written ‘ The Lucknow Cookbook’ , a magnificent meeting of family histories, anecdotes, and recipes. Former model and Miss India 98 Shvetha Jaishankar is the author… Read more »

Shri Dwarka Prasad Agarwal Award

Hindi, the language spoken by millions, is India’s official language and the second largest dialect spoken in the world. Being the most trusted Hindi print media, the Dainik Bhaskar Group instituted Shri Dwarka Prasad Agarwal Sammaan in 2016 to promote young budding Hindi authors. The award lays emphasis on the enrichment of Hindi Literature, showcased… Read more »

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 »