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 »

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 »

Natya-katha

  • 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 »

Beginnings and Endings

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

Anjum Hasan, Andrew Sean Greer, Jayant Kaikini and Mahesh Rao, moderated by Paul McVeigh In an interesting play of words, a session titled Beginnings and Endings began the end of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival on its last day. The panel of award-winning writers shared profound insights on the craft of short-story writing and the… Read more »

Sanskrit, Greek and Latin: A Tale of Three Sisters

Dhruv Raj Sharma CEO of Logophilia Education, the world’s only etymology education organisation, Dhruv Raj Sharma took a class from the Samvad stage at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, on the joys and unexpected learnings to be gleaned from studying etymology. In his work with Logophilia Education, Sharma advocates the teaching of vocabulary to school… Read more »