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 »

Adab Bara-E-Zindagi: Art For Life’s Sake – The Progressive Writer’s Movement

The crowd was bursting at the seams for this session, testimony to the popularity and reach of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival. The session began with Sudhir Chaudhary, Editor at Zee News, speaking about ZEE ZINDAGI, the cross-cultural television channel that is bridging the gap between India and Pakistan with programmes that promote the Hindustani language, a confluence of… Read more »


The Jaipur Bookmark 2015 is an associated event that runs in parallel with the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2015 and is oriented towards experts, academics, and publishing industry professionals. The session on Libraries and Archives addressed matters of how those institutions were going to survive in an era of easily accessible digital information. Throughout recorded history, the worth of… Read more »

Is the commerce of Literature today killing good writing?

Ever the spark for igniting debate, actor and playwright Girish Karnad opened the session by stating three reasons why books should play a central role in society: firstly, when reading a book, you have sustained engagement with it; secondly, its tangible format enables you to flick to past pages and reflect; thirdly, reading gives rise to informed… 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 »

Restless Women: Cheryl Strayed & Robyn Davidson, Moderated By Gaiutra Bahadur

Two bold women, two different demeanours, two different continents, two similar journeys of self-discovery, almost two decades apart. In 1977, Robyn Davidson wandered the deserts of Western Australia with four camels for nine months “forging the individual” she is today, leaving behind the unnecessary bits in the Outback. Around 20 years later in 1995, Cheryl Strayed changed her last… Read more »

Freedom: Jonathan Franzen In Conversation With Chandrahas Choudhury

It was a chilly first morning of the 2014 ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, colourful banners flying under a grey sky at the first session of the CHAR Bagh venue. Despite the cold, award-winning author Jonathan Franzen warmed up the crowd with his quip, “These lights give heat. We’ve got the best seats in the house.” This set the stage… Read more »

Citizen Elites: Dominance Of The Privileged

This session, the first in the Democracy Dialogues series at ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2014, discussed what drives the democratic aspirations of a nation as large and diverse as India, and what role could the elites play in this process. The term citizen elites, was unpacked by Mukulika Banerjee as a reference to a category of people who are ready to… Read more »