Toxic Legacy: The Bhopal Gas Tragedy

Crowds packed into the snug interior of the Mahindra Humanites Durbar Hall for a somber final session today at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival. Each inquisitive visitor was hoping to hear new insights from Javier Moro, author of Five Past Midnight in Bhopal, and Current Affairs expert John Elliott about the tragic event of 1984. To date, the Bhopal incident is considered to be… Read more »

Harvest: Jim Crace In Conversation With Chandrahas Choudhury

The last day of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2014 started with an intriguing discussion about Jim Crace’s novel Harvest, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize this year. Despite heavy rains this morning, the Durbar Hall was filled with people eager to listen to Jim Crace talk about the novel and the process of writing. Crace, who describes himself as “a traditional… Read more »

Death In A Cold Climate: Bhaichand Patel, Kishwar Desai, Jorn Lier Horst In Conversation With Somnath Batabyal

Somnath Batabyal eloquently moderated the latest Crime and Punishment talk at the ZEE Jaipur Festival, jokingly asking if the present authors were part of the “herd of crime writers” recently emerging in the genre. Authors Bhaichand Patel and Kishwar Desai both claimed to have fallen into the genre without really meaning to. Patel quipped that his book Mothers, Lovers and Other Strangers was more of a… Read more »

Prisons Of The Mind: Rani Shankardass, Margaret Mascarenhas, Preeta Bhargava & Vartika Nanda

“We live in an atmosphere of utmost fear. What do we actually know about the attendant circumstances surrounding a crime and the people involved in it, about our criminal justice system and our prisons?” Dr. Rani Shankardass, historian and social scientist focused on women in custodial environments, setting the mood for the discussion with hard-hitting questions… Read more »

Portraits – Readings: Ivan Vladislavic And Rukmini Bhaya Nair Introduced By Rahul Soni

Two inspiring writers read and talked about testing the limits of style, and the nature of post-modernist writing. Ivan Vladislavic, South African short story writer and novelist read a passage from Portrait of Keys, a novel about different aspects of city life and issues of security and poverty. He described Johannesburg as a city living with the consequences of… Read more »

The Bangla Whodunit: Gautam Chakrabarti In Conversation With Rupleena Bose

This invigorating discussion opened the Crime and Punishment theme at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2014. Renowned Harvard Professor Homi Bhabha introduced the speakers Gautam Chakrabarty and Rupleena Bose to a jam-packed audience in the Mahindra Humanities Center Durbar Hall. Rupleena Bose began the conversation by quipping that ‘in Calcutta, everybody wants to be a detective or a director,’ and perhaps that’s why Byomkesh… Read more »