Scenes From A Marriage

Meena Kandasamy, Neelima Dalmia Adhar and Jaishree Misra in conversation with Ashok Ferrey By Malavika Subramanyan, Official ZEE JLF at The British Library Blogger  This was a fascinating session about writing, marital abuse, #MeToo, and Freud (except it was mostly Gandhi). One of the parameters of success in a society is its marriages; and marriages… Read more »

Ghosts of Empire

Maya Jasanoff, Charles Allen and Shashi Tharoor in conversation with Kwasi Kwarteng Paula Van Hagen: Official ZEEJLF At The British Library Blogger Ably chaired by British politician and historian, Kwasi Kwarteng, it is perhaps no surprise that a session considering the impact and legacy of the British Empire should be host to heated debate and… Read more »

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Katherine Boo in conversation with Bee Rowlatt Presented by Aga Khan Foundation  By Anusha Ali, Official ZEE JLF At The British Library Blogger Katherine Boo, renowned investigative journalist, Pulitzer laureate and writer, discussed her latest book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers.  Boo explained that investigative journalism is the pursuit of stories that reveal something about the… Read more »

The View From Raisina Hill

Meghnad Desai, Suhel Seth, Dinesh Patnaik and John Elliott in conversation with Mukulika Bannerjee  By Malavika Subramanyan In Lord Meghnad Desai’s new book The Raisina Model, he examines the nature and workings of Indian parliamentary democracy, which is unique among the parliamentary democracies of the world. In his opening remarks, Desai addressed the question of… Read more »

Culture and Continuity: Sites of Memory

Kishwar Desai, Suhair Khan, Matt Reed and Roly Keating in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy, introduced by Jamie Andrews Anusha Ali, Official ZEE JLF At The British Library Blogger The British Library was the perfect setting for this fascinating exploration of the re-telling and re-interpretation of history in the modern world. Chief Executive Roly Keating… Read more »

Subhas Chandra Bose’s Death: Fact and Fiction

Ashis Ray and Anita Bose Pfaff in conversation with Somnath Batabyal Paula Van Hagen: Official ZEEJLF At The British Library Blogger   It is almost 73 years since the mysterious death of Indian nationalist and revolutionary Subhas Chandra Bose in August 1945. In 1942, the British government put out a story saying Bose had died… Read more »

Railways and the Raj

Christian Wolmar , Shashi Tharoor and Monisha Rajesh in conversation with Pragya Tiwari.  By Malavika Subramanyan The cultural legacy of British colonialism in India is a long one, not easily negotiated or explained. Its physical remnants, while equally difficult to parse through, are integrated into the functioning of the independent nation, and the life of… Read more »

Women and Power

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Helena Kennedy and Margaret Alva in conversation with Arati Jerath By Sonal Sharma, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger   Against the backdrop of a world where women are actively coming out and fighting for their rights, it is imperative to discuss the growing need for women in power. A panel comprising of two parliamentarians… Read more »

Dr. Ambedkar and his legacy

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Chintan Chandrachud, Christophe Jaffrelot, Manoranjan Byapari and Sukhdeo Thorat in conversation with Pragya Tiwari By Hemal Thakker, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar’s quest for equality set the tone for the constitution of India. His vision, coupled with his tremendous scholarship, made him a timeless icon. On the 69th Republic day… Read more »

Mira Nair: The Personal and the Political

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Mira Nair in conversation with Vir Sanghvi   Aditya Sinha, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger “It is a sign of social change that we are in a room full of people with a woman who made a movie on Kamasutra,” journalist and talk show host Vir Sanghvi observed. It was an apt way to… Read more »

Magical Mystery Tour: The Beatles in India


Philip Norman and Ajoy Bose in conversation   Aditya Sinha, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger Philip Norman, biographer of the world’s most famous band, The Beatles, and Indian journalist Ajoy Bose, researcher of The Beatles’ years in India during the 60s, took the audience on a rocking 50-year-old magical mystery tour through the iconic… Read more »

Debate: We Are Living in a Post-Truth World


Anne Waldman, Ashutosh Varshney, David McWilliams, Luke Harding, Shashi Tharoor, Prasoon Joshi, Suhel Seth, and Swapan Dasgupta moderated by Barkha Dutt Prachi Bhagwat, Rushati Mukherjee, and Harish Alagappa, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Bloggers   The tenth edition of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival ended not with a whimper but with a bang, as nine… Read more »