The Theft Of The Raj: The British Empire In India

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ZEE JLF@The British Library Roy Moxham and Shashi Tharoor in conversation with Mukulika Banerjee. Session co-hosted by the South Asia Centre, LSE (London School of Economics and the British Library as part of the Colony as Empire: Histories from Whitehall series). THE BRITISH should mark the centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre in Amritsar in… Read more »

Ideas of India

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ZEE JLF@The British Library Asiya Zahoor, Arundhathi Subramaniam, Meena Kandasamy, Meghnad Desai, Mihir S. Sharma, Namita Gokhale and Prajwal Parajuly introduced by Sanjoy K. Roy Ideas about any huge, shifting, complex subcontinent are bound to be hard to pin down, but the elite panel of creatives and thinkers still shared some of their own, varied… Read more »

Lutyens’ Delhi: Of Monuments and Metaphors

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ZEE JLF@The British Library Malvika Singh in conversation with Somnath Batabyal Citizens should “take ownership” of their city spaces to create a workable city, claims Delhi biographer Malvika Singh. The author of many books about the city elaborated: “The main point is citizens should take ownership of their spaces, protest, walk the talk and not… Read more »

The Wodehouse Effect: Why India Loves Jeeves

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ZEE JLF@The British Library Shashi Tharoor, Swapan Dasgupta and Tony Ring, moderated by Mihir S. Sharma P.G. Wodehouse’s popularity has endured over the years and he is known and loved all over the world, especially India. Shashi Tharoor, former president of the Wodehouse Society at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, discussed his legacy along with… Read more »

Constitutions: We the People

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ZEE JLF@The British Library Chintan Chandrachud, Swapan Dasgupta and Helena Kennedy in conversation with Patrick French Constitutional experts all over the world are examining the challenges faced by new and changing political realities all over the world, and how to understand and implement established legal systems in a shifting context. This important session, presented by… Read more »

Gramophone Women

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ZEE JLF@The British Library Vidya Shah in conversation with Rachel Dwyer Singer and author Vidya Shah is on a mission to share long lost music recorded by women in India, in the early days of the gramophone. She emphasised the importance of remembering these singers. “We barely have names for them. We don’t know where… Read more »

Footloose: The Travel Session

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ZEE JLF@The British Library Anthony Sattin, Christina Lamb and Samanth Subramanian in conversation with William Dalrymple Travel writing is one of the most ancient forms of literature but does it have any relevance in the age of the Internet, globalisation and Google Maps? Travel writers William Dalrymple, Anthony Sattin, Hugh Thomson, Monisha Rajesh and Samanth… Read more »

Koh-I-Noor

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ZEE JLF@The British Library Anita Anand and William Dalrymple, introduced by Susan Stronge Multiple murders, treachery and skulduggery are all part of the story surrounding the spectacular Koh-i-Noor diamond. The diamond has been claimed by India, Iran, Pakistan and the Taliban, all of whom want it back from its current home in the Tower of… Read more »

Hyphenations: Of Poets, Cultures and Continents

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ZEE JLF@The British Library Daljit Nagra and Guillermo Rodríguez in conversation with Arundhathi Subramaniam Acclaimed British-Punjabi poet Daljit Nagra read from his work and spoke about the puzzles of identity and cultural hyphenations in his writing. Nagra’s 2013 work Ramayana is part of a truly personal journey; a way to understand his parents’ value system… Read more »

Victoria and Abdul

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ZEE JLF@The British Library Stephen Frears in conversation with Shrabani Basu, introduced by Patrick French ZEE JLF@The British Library is one of the first major events in the UK as part of the UK-India Year of Culture in 2017, which will showcase the cultural diversity of India in the UK. Shrabani Basu’s Victoria and Abdul:… Read more »

India Votes: The Craft of Indian Politics

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ZEE JLF@The British Library Ornit Shani and Mukulika Banerjee in conversation with Ajoy Bose In this engaging session at the Jaipur Literature Festival @ The British Library, programmed to give UK audiences a taste of the mother festival in Jaipur, Ornit Shani, author of How India Became Demcratic, and Mukulika Banerjee, author of Why India… Read more »

Migrant Words

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ZEE JLF@The British Library James Joyce wrote the greatest of Dublin novels in Trieste, while American poet TS Eliot wrote his modernist masterpiece The Wasteland in England. But does migration always positively affect the writing of a novelist? And how has a genre increasingly being heralded as a ‘new world literature’ changed with the times?… Read more »