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 »

Mujhe Jeene Do: Conversations With Waheeda Rehman

Widely considered to be the most enduringly beautiful and gifted actress of her time, Waheeda Rehman has captured the imagination of Indian cinema lovers for 60 years now. It was no surprise that her session at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival was hugely crowded in spite of the bad weather. Rehman was nostalgic about her early Bollywood years, saying that… Read more »

Heritage Evenings: Amber Fort

New life was breathed into the majestic Amber Fort, a precious monument to Jaipur’s Rajput history with the first ever Heritage Evening to be organised by the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, in association with Rajasthan Tourism. The event brought the first day of the festival to a colourful end, and marked the first of many such forays planned to make historical… Read more »

And Then One Day

Crowds had already gathered on the Rajnigandha Front Lawns half an hour before the event was due to start. This time, it wasn’t Naseeruddin Shah the actor they were waiting for, but the Naseeruddin Shah the writer. Nasreen Munni Kabir introduced the film star by saying that we are here to talk about the journey from ‘have you seen his amazing film’… Read more »

Bollywood Nation: Vamsee Juluri, Meghnad Desai, Irrfan Khan, Moderated By Rupleena Bose

Bollywood is probably our most popular export, in close competition with chicken tikka. Our jhatkas and tumkas have made it onto So You Think You Can Dance, we are inherently dramatic as a people: we are undeniably a Bollywood Nation and proud of it! And this was an out and out Bollywood session, with the eccentric Lord Meghnad Desai breaking into song repeatedly, and… Read more »