Grandfather   Grandfather, we will build paper towns of the memories left in the glass bowl, and we will breathe the syllables of stories you told me each night, whisper by whisper, into its fortifications.   It is as if you can recreate a past I never had, through simple retelling. I hold fast to… Read more »

Poetry Hour: 7 x 7: Kavita Nirantar

On the fourth day of ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, the audience at Ford Samvad was treated to amazing poetry readings from writers around the world. The panel of renowned poets recited their poetry and took the audience on a blissful journey into the realms of imagination and emotion. In languages as diverse as English, Hindi, Rajasthani and translations… 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 »

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 »

Heritage Evening: Reading by Shabana Azmi and Flamenco by Rasa-Duende

The Palace of Winds, Hawa Mahal, turned into an enchanted space on the second evening of ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival. The Heritage Evenings are a new festival initiative this year, and aim to restore and recreate the value of culture and architecture of Rajasthan. With the Palace so colourfully lit, the spectators took flight into fantasy… Read more »

Is There An Indian Way Of Thinking? John Elliot, Geetanjali Shree, Pavan Verma, And Ashok Vajpeyi

The session aimed to analyse what exactly was the Indian way in of thinking and creating in the realms of fiction, poetry, music, arts and lifestyle. Ashok Vajpeyi kicked off the session with the statement ‘hota hai’ (‘stuff happens’), the quintessential Indian way of approaching life, according to him. The panel quickly arrived at a consensus… Read more »

Coleridge And The Ancient Mariner: Richard Holmes Moderated By Rupleena Bose

It was “water, water, everywhere” on the final day of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival but a little rain wasn’t going to stop Richard Holmes from sharing his passion for Coleridge at the relocated Front Lawns. The respected British academic welcomed the morning rain, recognizing the importance of this resource to the Rajasthan state, and went on to link this preamble… Read more »

Poetry Wallahs: Rukmini Bhaya Nair, Margaret Mascarenhas, Salma, Bejan Matur, C.P.Surendran, Moderated By Rahul Soni

What good fortune it was to listen to five wonderful poets, each one distinct in the content, language, style and rhythm of their work. Salma began the session by reading her work in Tamil with such delicacy that a young guy sitting next to me whispered, ‘Dammit I gotta learn Tamil’. She read from her poem Contract, The… Read more »