Interview with Markus Zusak

Markus Zusak imagines interviews as conversations in a kitchen (his favourite room in the house), and likens finding the voice of his novel to hitting the right note while singing in the bathroom. Before allowing me a glimpse into his mind palace, he meets me warmly, with the playfulness and humility of someone seeminglyunaware of… Read more »

Closing Debate: Do Liberals Stifle Debate?

Kapil Sibal, Makarand R. Paranjape, Mihir Swarup Sharma, Sagarika Ghose, Salman Khurshid, Sonal Mansingh, Hardeep Singh Puri and Vikram Sampath moderated by Sreenivasan Jain Once relegated to the fringes, political debate and discussion have entered the mainstream consciousness. Though it may seem like there’s never been a time like this to broaden your horizons and… Read more »

Brothers of the Gun

Molly Crabapple in conversation with William Sieghart “There’s always been a part of me that has wanted to draw the hidden things in the world”, shared artist, writer and journalist Molly Crabapple in a candid conversation with publisher and chairman of Somerset House Trust William Sieghart,about her new book Brothers Of The Gun.The book was… Read more »

The Freedom Artist

Ben Okri in conversation with Chandrahas Choudhary Presented by Mathrubhumi ‘The higher the artist, the fewer the gestures,’ he said. ‘The higher the artist, the fewer the gestures’ he showed. Talking about his upcoming book, The Freedom Artist, widely-loved Nigerian author Ben Okri shed light on his journey so far and views on ideas like… Read more »

What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape

Sohaila Abdulali, in conversation with Namita Bhandare Bank of Baroda Baithak Rape is not sex. Sohaila Abdulali – rape survivor, and author of What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape – is very clear about this. It is a function of power and violence,and even if it is a sexual act, it has… Read more »

After Trainspotting

Irvine Welsh in conversation with Chandrahas Choudhury Although he’s primarily known for writing the cult classic Trainspotting, Scottish author Irvine Welsh has worn the many and varied hats of fiction author, playwright, screen writer, actor, DJ, and punk rocker,over the course of his highly eventful life. Welsh thanked the audience for turning up for an… Read more »

JLF 2019 Interview Series

Andrew Sean Greer What role do you think awkwardness plays in any literary endeavour? I like that question, I find them all so awkward! Most writers are awkward, even the famous ones! Because we, by our nature, like to be alone. So we sit in rooms and write and read for hours and hours a… Read more »

Waste of a Nation

Assa Doron and Sanchaita Gajapati in conversation with Robin Jeffrey Presented by Aga Khan Foundation They say that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure; but in India, waste has implications for more than just frugality and hygiene. History, inequality, and classism all tie into waste management, all of which we already put little thought… Read more »

JLF 2019 Interview Series

Peter Bergen The seismic shift in world order has led to us ‘flirting with the idea of a post-American world’. As a national security analyst, how do you interpret its impact on the USA’s foreign relations? We now have four big centres of power – United States, India, China and the European Union. The US… Read more »


  • Aurodeep Mukherjee, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger
  • Jan 28, 2019
  • 2019, Author, Blog, Bloggers

Sonal Mansingh introduced by Makarand R. Paranjape Director of Indian Institute of Advanced StudyMakarand R. ParanjapedescribedSonalMansingh, Indian classical dancer and Member of Parliament, as “India’s greatest cultural icon”. “You have to admit she is the most beautiful 75-year-old lady in India,” he complimented. The session that followed was an animated and engaging discussion on dance-drama,… Read more »