Rookie Writer Meets a Literary Hero: Amish Tripathi

Amish Tripathi is a crackling storyteller, whose Shiva Trilogy make thrilling use of religious symbolism and profound philosophies. The novels – The Immortals of the Meluha (2010), The Secret of the Nagas (2011) and The Oath of the Vayuputras (2013) – made Tripathi an overnight publishing phenomenon, with 2 million copies in print, and translated… Read more »

The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets

Physicist, science writer, and the scourge of pseudo-scientific quackery, Simon Singh delivered an entertaining and informative talk at Char Bagh on the hidden scientific and mathematical jokes one can find in episodes of the famous American TV show, The Simpsons. Before we entered the world of the stateless city of Springfield, Simon Singh delivered a short, highly entertaining presentation on… Read more »

Poetry Hour: 7 x 7: Kavita Nirantar

On the fourth day of ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, the audience at Ford Samvad was treated to amazing poetry readings from writers around the world. The panel of renowned poets recited their poetry and took the audience on a blissful journey into the realms of imagination and emotion. In languages as diverse as English, Hindi, Rajasthani and translations… Read more »

Deconstructing Change: The Election That Changed India

The 2014 General Election was a landmark moment in the history of independent India. A packed Char Bagh saw one of the most electrifying sessions of the 2015 ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival as the speakers analysed the repercussions of the historic mandate given to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and its meaning for the future of Indian politics and… Read more »

The Spinner of Tales

The Char Bagh venue was overflowing even before the bestselling Indian novelist and columnist, Chetan Bhagat, stepped on stage to a rousing cheer. Meru Gokhale, Editor-in-chief of Penguin Random House, asked Bhagat how he became a writer. He replied that he had always been fond of writing and of entertaining people. At first, he did the ‘correct middle-class thing’ by… Read more »

Taking Flight

  On the final day of the eighth ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, spectators at Ford Samvad welcomed the new celebrities of Jaipur: a fresh crop of the youngest writers of the festival who had gathered to discuss their encounters with the art of writing. The panel of enthusiastic youngsters discussed the exciting and enervating experiences in their developing relationship… Read more »

India: A Space Odyssey

Pallav Bagla and Subhadra Menon, co-authors of Reaching for the Stars: India’s Journey to Mars and Beyond, discussed the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the Mars Orbiter Mission with Space Scientist Mylswami Annadura. Subhadra Menon described the Mars Orbiter Mission, popularly known as the Mangalayan, as ‘a narrative of which we’re proud of as a nation.’ The mission was particularly acclaimed because no other country had ever… Read more »

Cultural Revolutions

‘The more books you read, the more stupid you become.’ This was the famous declaration of Chairman Mao Tse-tung during China’s Cultural Revolution from 1966 to 1976. For a book-loving audience like the one at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, such a belief was nothing short of shocking. Three incredible authors transported us back to this dark moment in… Read more »