History Strikes Back And The Collapse Of Globalism: Hubert Vedrine In Conversation With John Ralston Saul

Important aspects of governance, economics and democracy were debated in an engaging session between two renowned intellectuals. Hubert Vedrine, author of History Strikes Back, and JohnRalston Saul, President of PEN International. The pair discussed evolving economies all over the world, looking at the impact of globalization and applying European theories – such as Fukuyama’s idea of the ‘End of the History’ –… Read more »

Closing Debate JLF 2014

In the light of India’s looming general elections, the closing debate of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2014, interpreted the famous quotation by Winston Churchill “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all the others.” Indrajit Hazra conceded that democracy is not faultless “- it is not a perfect “spouse” –… Read more »

The Writer’s Life: Artemis Cooper, Lara Feigel, Maya Jasanoff, Nicholas Shakespeare, Moderated By Sarah Churchwell

Writers who write about writers… The panel was a leading line-up of literary biographers discussing the life and work of their subjects and laying it down in prose. Moderator Sarah Churchwell, biographer of legendary writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe, joked that whilst writing about Fitzgerald, the constant voice in her head… Read more »

We The Drowned – Writing The Sea: Carsten Jensen, Samantha Weinberg, Nayomi Munaweera, Moderated By Samanth Subramanian

The distinguished panel aptly took refuge from the wet weather to discuss their fascination with the sea and what it holds. Carsten Jensen, the author of the novel We, the Drowned, explained that he never wrote about the ocean using romantic language. The novel, which was voted best Danish Novel of the last twenty five years, revolves around… Read more »

The Language Of Laughter: Indrajit Hazra And Shovon Chowdhary, Moderated By Bachi Karkaria

What tickles India’s funny bone? The packed ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival session was alive with people seeking to answer that question. Bachi Karkaria, popular columnist and author, opened up the discussion by differentiating between humour, satire and irony. However, the whole idea of scrutinizing and categorizing ‘comedy’ quickly fell to pieces, much to the amusement of the audience,… Read more »

Reimagining Partition: Vishwajyoti Ghosh, Ahmad Rafay Alam, Urvashi Butalia In Conversation With Indrajit Hazra

The audience was invited to remember Partition in 1947, which resulted in the largest mass migration in human history with 12 million migrating over just a few months, and to consider if it was different in kind from the 1983 killings of Bengalis, the killings of Sikhs during the reign of Indira Gandhi, the anti-Muslim… Read more »

Is There An Indian Way Of Thinking? John Elliot, Geetanjali Shree, Pavan Verma, And Ashok Vajpeyi

The session aimed to analyse what exactly was the Indian way in of thinking and creating in the realms of fiction, poetry, music, arts and lifestyle. Ashok Vajpeyi kicked off the session with the statement ‘hota hai’ (‘stuff happens’), the quintessential Indian way of approaching life, according to him. The panel quickly arrived at a consensus… Read more »