IDEA OF INDIA PART 4 – Spoken Word History

Of all the great civilizations of the ancient world (Egypt, Mesopotamia, India and China), India has arguably had the most difficult time separating fact from fiction in the historical record. The reason for this is probably due to the lack of written records for most of India’s history. After the collapse of the Indus Valley… Read more »


Epoch-defining events like the French Revolution or the American Civil War have always inspired literature. The Partition of India in 1947 is no exception. The Partition divided India into two nation states for Muslims and Hindus: the Dominion of Pakistan and the Union of India. It was described by Lord Mountbatten as ‘one of the… 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 Murty Classical Library of India

The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival played host to the long-awaited launch of the Murty Classical Library of India book series, which makes some of India’s greatest classics available to the world for the first time. As a series of forty books in twelve languages and ten different scripts, the Murty Classical Library is the most ambitious project undertaken by a university… Read more »

Hitler’s Secret Bankers: Has Switzerland Profited from the Holocaust?

In the early 1940s, the Nazi Party was on the rise and they were looking for a safe haven to stash the money and gold they had looted from occupied countries, mostly from Jews. The Swiss banks caught the eye of Hitler. A packed crowd gathered to listen to author Adam LeBor speak about his new book Hitler’s Secret… Read more »

A Rediscovery of India: Agendas for Change

The title of the session was derived from Meghnad Desai’s book The Rediscovery of India, in which he examines India’s past and present for factors that make India a nation and hold it together, despite inherent contradictions. Throughout the discussion, the panel tried to get a sense of the problems uppermost in the Indian mind, and of people’s expectations… Read more »

Taare Zameen Par

The Bollywood flavour at this year’s ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2015 was given wings today by writer, poet, lyricist, screenwriter and advertising guru Prasoon Joshi. Poet and musicologist Yatindra Mishra asked Joshi if he played with words or if words played with him. Joshi’s response was poetry in itself: ‘I walk on the path of poetry holding… 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 »