Total Recall: The End of Privacy

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Homi K Bhabha, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Niyam Bhushan and Dayanita Singh   India Quarterly Presents the Privacy Series Char Bagh   By Thomas Manuel and Sonalika Arora, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2016 bloggers   In a world where every pocket contains a camera, computer, tracking device and phone, all wrapped up in one seductive… Read more »

The Pity of Partition

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Ayesha Jalal in conversation with William Dalrymple Baithak   By Shivani Bhasin, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2016 Blogger   Few people understand the trauma that Partition unleashed on the Indian subcontinent better than famed short story writer Saadat Hasan Manto. The Partition was responsible for slicing the Indian subcontinent into two: the nation of… Read more »

Interview with Molly Crabapple

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By Shivani Bhasin, official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival blogger   The best artists are those who inhabit various disciplines and interpret the world in radically different ways. Leonardo da Vinci was a painter, but he was also trying to discover a means for humans to fly. Mikhail Bulgakov wrote The Master and Margarita; one of… Read more »

Two Poems

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By Swastika Jajoo Official Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger   Grandfather   Grandfather, we will build paper towns of the memories left in the glass bowl, and we will breathe the syllables of stories you told me each night, whisper by whisper, into its fortifications.   It is as if you can recreate a past I… Read more »

Partition Literature: Writing About the Darker Side of Independence

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By Gaurav Yadav Official Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger   Epoch-defining events like the French Revolution or the American Civil War have always inspired literature. The Partition of India in 1947 is no exception. The Partition divided India into two nation states for Muslims and Hindus: the Dominion of Pakistan and the Union of India. It… Read more »

The Idea of India

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By Harish Alagappa Official Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger   If you want to be accurate to the point of being pedantic; the idea of India began 70 million years ago when a chunk of the Earth’s crust broke off from the southern supercontinent of Gondwanaland and moved rapidly (by plate tectonic standards) towards Eurasia, colliding… Read more »

Urdu: The Need to Translate Dying Languages

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By Zeeshan Akbar Yahoo Official Jaipur Literature Blogger   The Urdu language is arguably moving towards a state of obsolescence. It is used less and less by the diaspora that traditionally held it as staple language, irrespective of religion or geography, as they increasingly tend toward English. As with every dying language, Urdu’s script is… Read more »

Inauguration Of JLF at Southbank Centre 2016

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‘Travel the world without moving an inch’   By Louisa Tomlinson Editor, Bloggers Programme   Festival Producer Sanjoy Roy, Festival Directors William Dalrymple and Namita Gokhale, and Indian High Commissioner to the UK Navtej Sarna, and welcomed dignitaries, book lovers and writers to the third edition of JLF at Southbank Centre. The festival began with spellbinding Morning Ragas… Read more »

British Asians: The Changing Face – Part 2

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Mukulika Banerjee, Sathnam Sanghera and Yasmin Khan in conversation with PatrickFrench By Sangeeta Bhagawati Official JLF at Southbank Blogger   The notion of diaspora in current times not only signifies ideas of hybridity (intermixing) and heterogeneity (plurality), it also makes possible the visualisation of a space within which various identities intersect and render them all… Read more »

Reading Women, Writing Women

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Lucy Beresford, Rukhsana Ahmad, Vayu Naidu and Marion Molteno in conversation By Sneha Khaund Official JLF at Southbank Blogger   The session began with readings to give the audience a flavour of the very diverse writing styles of the panel. Rukhsana Ahmad read an extract from Voices of the Crossing,describing it as a work of “creative… Read more »