Writing the Arab World

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Alia Malek, Rabih Alameddine , Raja Shehadeh  in conversation with Susan Abulhawa By Sonal Sharma, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2018 Blogger In these times of crisis in Syria, Palestine, and other parts of the Arab world, it was timely to have a session celebrating Arab culture, and the impact of its literature in speaking… Read more »

ना बैरी ना कोई बेगाना

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Book launch Na Bairi Na Koi Begana by Surendra mohan Pathak in conversation with Poonam saxena BY- Aditya Narayan, Official Blogger, Jiapur Literature Festival.   अपनी कलम से सुनील, सुधीर और विमल जैसे किरदार को जिन्दा करने वाले तथा अपनी सादगी से सबका दिल जीतने वाले सुरेन्द्र मोहन पाठक ने आख़िरकार अपनी जीवनी को अपने… Read more »

इतिहास से मिटे अक्षर

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कल के सफ़ेद पन्नो पर लिखे काले अक्षर आज का इतिहास है| कल को जन्मा एक साधारण सा बालक आज इतिहास का एक प्रतापी सम्राट है| कल जिसकी क्रूरता के चर्चे दहशत का पर्याय थे आज उसके योद्धा होने के प्रमाण विलुप्त हो चुके गाँवों और शमशान बन चुके शहरों में है| सदियों से कल… Read more »

Festival Director’s Roundtable

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Alexandra Büchler, Ameena Saiyid,Cathy McCullough, Chandra Prakash Tiwari, Cherilyn Parsons, David McWilliams, Geoffrey Taylor, Janhavi Prasada, Kathryn Baird, Maina Bhagat,Meenakshi Alimchandani, Mita Kapur, Namita Gokhale, Oliver Møystad, Prashant Kashyap,Ravi Deecee, Sanaz Fotouhi, Sian Smyth, Smita Parikh, and Shyam Parikh moderated by Sanjoy K. Roy by Archita Mittra, Official Zee Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger   Can… Read more »

Inauguration of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2018


Inaugural Session Address by  Shreyasi Goenka, Namita Gokhale, William Dalrymple and Sanjoy K. Roy                                              By Louisa Tomlinson, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger The eleventh edition of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival opened in grand style today, to a fanfare of ceremonial drumming, music and dancing. Rajasthani performers wove their way through the packed… Read more »

Keynote Address: Writing Wrong: Translating Lives


Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg (Norway’s Ambassador to India), Namita Gokhale, Sanjoy K. Roy, Neeta Gupta, and Naveen Kishore By Bhavika Bhuwalka, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger Catering to the industry side of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, Jaipur Bookmark (JBM) has grown into a unique and vital forum to enable interactions between writers and publishers…. Read more »

The Sword of Poetry

Vijay Fafat

Explore the relationship between poetry and political protest in the 21st century. A pen in rebellion signs its symbols for the ages; history has lived up to this maxim. Revolutionary literature, down the ages, has lit matches to the tinder of popular discontent and simmering uprisings. The flourish of writing in the form of incendiary… Read more »

Gender fluidity, Literature and Ancient India

Soumya Mahalakshmi

Inspired by Devdutt Pattanaik In the ancient world of exuberant natural beauty amidst green, teeming vines and lithe deers, Lord Krishna dances an enraptured dance with the Gopis. The other Gods watch in an enchanted trance, to the extent that Lord Shiva takes the form of a woman to dance with him. In retrospect, this… Read more »

JBM – Festival Directors’ Round Table


Alexandra Büchler, Cate Blake, Clare Azzopardi, Edwina Johnson, Laura Kroetsch, Lyndy Cooke, Mita Kapur, Neelesh Misra, Sanjoy K. Roy, Namita Gokhale, Roman Simić, Sanaz Fotouhi, Sheila Cremaschi, Shyam Parekh, Vikas Singh, Wendy Were, and William Dalrymple   By Harish Alagappa, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger   After hosting over two dozen sessions for professionals… Read more »



Devdutt Pattanaik introduced by Amita Tripathi   By Rushati Mukherjee, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger   Like a master storyteller, Devdutt Pattanaik illustrates his arguments with ornamental stories but explains them with pin-point precision. His mischievous references to contemporary issues make the crowd laugh, and his laughter makes them laugh harder. At a jam-packed… Read more »

Standing on an Apple Box: Memoirs and Memories


Aishwaryaa Rajnikanth Dhanush in conversation with Sudha Sadhanand The Real Women Series presented by Dove   By Rushati Mukherjee, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger   Aishwaryaa Rajnikanth Dhanush has a fortuitous name. Within it, the force of her individuality is shadowed by two men: men whose influence has shaped some of the most significant… Read more »

Keynote Address


Gulzar and Anne Waldman   Prachi Bhagwat, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger   The tenth edition of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival opened today in the sprawling Front Lawn of the Hotel Diggi Palace in Jaipur, with the Keynote Address given by two extraordinary poets of repute: Gulzar, whose poetry reaches across generations, and… Read more »