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 »

The Wonder of Panini’s Sanskrit Grammar

Vikram Chandra and James Mallinson Presented by DNA पाणिनि का व्याकरण “द वंडर ऑफ़ पाणिनि’स संस्कृत ग्रामर” सत्र में, विक्रम चंद्रा ने पाणिनि की संस्कृत व्याकरण की गहराई और सटीकता से श्रोताओं का परिचय कराया| सत्र परिचय दिया जेम्स मेलिंसन ने| जेम्स खुद भी लंदन के SOAS विश्वविद्यालय में संस्कृत पढ़ाते हैं| विक्रम चंद्रा गीक… Read more »

JLF 2019 Interview Series

Kaveh Akbar Kaveh Akbar is disarmingly handsome. For a long-time reader of his poetry, the beauty of his words and the power with which he reads them are familiar. Less so are the openness with which he speaks, and the warmth and empathy that emanate from his demeanour. I sat down with him one evening… Read more »

Jugaad: On Frugal Engineering

Amitabh Kant, Dean Nelson and NishthaGautam in conversation with John Elliot Presented by Patrika Game Changer Series What image does the word jugaad (hack) conjure up in your head? Apparently, for investigative journalist and investment adviser Dean Nelsen, it is synonymous with Indians. Nelsen, who spent 10 years in the national capital city of India,… Read more »

Reclaiming the Mother Tongue

Akhil Katyal, Desraj Kali, NS Madhavan and Salmain conversation with Kanishk Tharoor Presented by Mathrubhumi Bank of Baroda Baithak मातृभाषा, माँ भाषा, अपनी बोली— वो भाषा जिसमें हम सोचते हैं, भाषा जिसमें हम सहज महसूस करते हैं, भाषा जो हमारी मिट्टी की है और भाषा जिससे घर के आँगन की खुशबू उठती है| भाषा इंसानी… Read more »