Beautiful Offspring: The Art of Historical Fiction

On the fourth day of the eighth ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, the panel convened to discuss the unique challenges of writing historical fiction, defined as ‘the project of writing about the past.’ The speakers described historical fiction as a realm where fact and fantasy coalesce and considered the importance of detail, description and language in their… Read more »

Clarks Amer Music Stage

The second night at Clarks Amer was an explosive fusion of literature and music, a true embodiment of the spirit of the ZEE Jaipur Literary Festival. Author Tanuja Desai Hidier and guitarist Gaurav Vaz opened the night with songs from the world’s first ‘booktrack:’ songs inspired from Hidier’s latest novel, Bombay Blues. The novel is the sequel to Born Confused, the story of an… Read more »


The evening session of day 2 of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival witnessed a fascinating discussion about Adaptations on the Rajnigandha Front Lawns. The discussion revolved around films adapted from books, referencing several examples that ended disastrously, exploring the reasons for this, and how that could have been avoided. The panel also explored examples that… Read more »

War, Politcs and the Novel

‘I owe money to a guy in my village, please pay him’. These and other simple words were poignant examples of letters written by soldiers from the Indian subcontinent, serving in the British Army during WWI. Author Kamila Shamshie wrote her novel A God in Every Stone about a forgotten chapter in the annals of the great war.She was deeply affected… Read more »

The Library at Night

“And I was told that readers were disappearing’, exclaimed an overjoyed Alberto Manguel, the renowned Argentinean writer and editor, on finding a packed audience sheltered under the Google Mughal Tent,despite the heavy rainfall of the day. The writer enraptured the audience in the Rajasthan Patrika session with tales of his lifelong affair with literature and the hidden stories which… Read more »

DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2015 Award Ceremony

Jhumpa Lahiri was announced as the winner of the 2015 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature for her novel, The Lowland. The British Airways Baithak played host to the presentation of the prize ceremony. The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature was instituted in 2010 and aims to celebrate the best writing emanating from the rich and diverse world of South… Read more »

A House for Mr Biswas

The first day of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival paid homage to internationally renowned writer and Nobel Laureate VS Naipaul. The panel of writers discussed their intimately personal relationship with Naipaul’s magnum opus, A House for Mr Biswas, as well as its influence on global cultural thought. This year is the 53rd anniversary of the novel’s publication. The beauty of any novel is… Read more »

Early Triumphs

In 2013, Eleanor Catton became the youngest recipient of the Man Booker Prize for her novel The Luminaries. Eimear Mcbride finished her debut novel A Girl is a Half Formed Thing when she was 27, but had to wait another nine years before it was finally published. This fascinating session, presented by UN Women, captured the audience’s imagination with vivid personal stories revealed by… Read more »

Book Launch: Travelling In, Travelling Out, Ed. Namita Gokhale

Travelling In, Travelling Out is ‘a book of unexpected journeys’ that sews together a collection of twenty-five stories, some journeys into the mind, others journeys across lands. Namita Gokhale, Festival Director of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival and Editor of the collection, introduced the book as a “patchwork quilt of stories about internal journeys and outward ones.” The book… Read more »