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18 Jun 2021 | 7:00 PM IST

A Map of Longings: Life and Works of Agha Shahid Ali

Manan Kapoor in conversation with Ranjit Hoskote

The JLF First Edition is delighted to host the virtual launch of.... Manan Kapoor's latest work, A Map of Longings: The Life and Works of Agha Shahid Ali, published by Penguin Random House India.

The Kashmiri poet Agha Shahid Ali passed away in 2001 but left a lasting impact through his intense writing where the personal met the political. Manan Kapoor’s recent book, A Map of Longings: The Life and Works of Agha Shahid Ali, is an immersive biography of one of the greatest, most iconic poets of the last century. Tracing Shahid’s life through Kashmir, New Delhi and the United States, Kapoor vividly maps the evolution of the poet’s complex legacy as well as the many lives he impacted. Kapoor is also the author of The Lamentations of a Sombre Sky.

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25 Jun 2021 | 7:00 PM IST

The Rain–Maiden and the Bear–Man

Easterine Kire in conversation with Preeti Gill

The JLF First Edition is delighted to host the virtual launch of.... Easterine Kire’s latest work, The Rain–Maiden and the Bear–Man, published by Seagull Books.

A poet and novelist, Kire's new short story collection, The Rain–Maiden and the Bear–Man, weaves a fabric of magic and reality, and brews together oral narratives from Nagaland. Rooted in fantastical folktales brimming with human connection, the stories are illustrated in full colour by Sunandini Banerjee and unwrap a rich portrayal of the Naga natural and spiritual world. Kire's other works include A Terrible Matriarchy, Bitter Wormwood, A Respectable Woman and When the River Sleeps. In conversation with  editor and literary agent Preeti Gill, she explores these multilayered tales and the essence of their tradition, spirit and folklore.

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11 Jun 2021 | 7:00 PM IST

Book Launch: The Light of Asia: The Poem that Defined the Buddha

Jairam Ramesh in conversation with William Dalrymple

The JLF First Edition is delighted to host the virtual launch of... Jairam Ramesh's latest work, The Light of Asia: The Poem that Defined the Buddha, published by Penguin Random House India.
The epic poem 'The Light of Asia' by Sir Edwin Arnold first took the world by storm in 1879. Sir Arnold’s rendering of the Bhagavad Gita was one of Mahatma Gandhi's abiding favourites.

Rajya Sabha member and author Jairam Ramesh’s book, The Light of Asia: The Poem that Defined the Buddha, makes an attempt to understand this important narrative poem that has now become a milestone in Buddhist historiography. Weaving together literary, cultural, political and social history, the book not only helps us understand the Buddha but also explores the life of the multifaceted poet who himself was steeped in Sanskrit literature. Ramesh’s other books include A Chequered Brilliance: The Many Lives of VK Krishna Menon and Intertwined Lives: PN Haksar and Indira Gandhi. In conversation with author and festival co-Director William Dalrymple, Ramesh inspects the form and style of this iconic poem and its everlasting impact on world history.

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04 Jun 2021 | 7:00 PM IST

The Spirit of Enquiry: Notes of Dissent

TM Krishna in conversation with Gopalkrishna Gandhi

The JLF First Edition is delighted to host the virtual launch of... TM Krishna's latest work, The Spirit of Enquiry: Notes of Dissent as an Art Form, published by Penguin Random House India.

Acclaimed Karnatik vocalist, thinker and author TM Krishna’s latest book, The Spirit of Enquiry: Notes of Dissent as an Art Form, is a collection of some of his most groundbreaking texts. Thematically divided into five key sections, the book forces us to rethink deeply ingrained paradigms and is a piercing look into the crucial issues of our times. Winner of the Magsaysay Award, Krishna is also the author of Sebastian & Sons and A Southern Music: The Karnatik Story, among others. Academic and author Gopalkrishna Gandhi is a Distinguished Professor of History and Politics at Ashoka University. His books include Restless As Mercury, My Dear Bapu and Abolishing the Death Penalty. In conversation with Gandhi, Krishna gives us a glimpse into his beliefs, convictions and inspirations.

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