JAIPUR LITERATURE FESTIVAL

  • Waheedaji was hesitant initially to the idea of a biography on her: Nasreen Munni Kabir 3 days ago

    Jaipur: Filmmaker and biographer Nasreen Munni Kabir decided to write about yesteryear's actress Waheeda Rehman, because her life is 'fascinating'. At the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival, Kabir about old cinema and the veteran actress and how she was hesitant about opening up in front of the biographer. "She (Waheeda Rehman) was hesitant...
  • Controversial of curious? 10 things senior SC lawyer Ram Jethmalani said at the Jaipur Literature Festival that left us reeling 3 days ago

    Jaipur: The 92-year-old senior Supreme Court lawyer and former BJP leader Ram Jethmalani was in conversation with author Shobha De and journalist Madhu Trehan during a session titled 'The Devil's advocate: Ram Jethmalani'. 1) "Between God and Devil, I still have some respect for the Devil." 2) "God suffers from an acute...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy wants business to be a private sector affair 4 days ago

    Jaipur: As soon as Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy came on stage at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival, he apologised to the audiences. "I'm sorry I'm wearing a suit and tie today. I know this is not the occasion," he said to an audience that burst into laughter. Murthy, who's wife Sudha...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival comes to an end; organisers confirm Margaret Atwood, Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan for 2016 4 days ago

    Jaipur: The eighth edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival, the world's largest free literary festival, ended on a high today as the festival announced 2,45,000 recorded footfalls over the five days -- a record number. The festival has seen a doubling of international visitors from 50 difference countries, and a 40...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: I've seen Ravi Teja's 'Kick' 27 times, says popular author Chetan Bhagat 4 days ago

    Jaipur: Popular author Chetan Bhagat on Sunday spoke about his stint in Bollywood, and the amount of research and effort he had to put into his work. Bhagat, who had written the script for the Salman Khan blockbuster 'Kick' along with filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala, spoke about the difference between writing a...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: ISRO programme director M Annadurai speaks about Mangalyaan; Indian human spaceflight programme 4 days ago

    Jaipur: With a stiff black mustache and thick glasses, M Annadurai has a severe academic quality about him. It is only when he smiles that we realise that behind the pedantic appearance, Annadurai has a warm, engaging demeanor. The programme director of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Annadurai was...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Former President APJ Abdul Kalam draws the largest crowd; shares life story, fitness tips, email address with fans 4 days ago

    Jaipur: There wasn't an inch of space around. The crowd, which mostly consisted of youngsters, were waiting eagerly to hear an 83-year-old speak. Former President APJ Abdul Kalam attended and addressed two sessions at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival. In his trademark style, Kalam joked with the throng of crowd, making...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: 'The Baththub' explores the idea of experiencing art in a unique format, says Jiten Thukral 4 days ago

    Jaipur: What do a German guy trying to rescue his love life, a French ivy league student finding herself in Old Delhi and a Sardar-ji millionaire have in common? The above three and several other stories are now a part of a new book titled, 'The Bathtub', which is a collection...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Sheldon Pollock talks about finding one's 'not self' through modern translations of ancient Indian scriptures 5 days ago

    Jaipur: The tall, bearded professor looked like any other Caucasian erudite personality. But after listening to him for a minute, one can get dazzled by the eloquence with which he quotes ancient Indian scriptures, shlokas and mantras. On a chilly Saturday morning, noted Sanskrit scholar Sheldon Pollock was in conversation with...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: 'Authors are breaking free from exoticisation of India'; Amit Chaudhuri, Raj Kamal Jha, discuss stories, facts, fiction 5 days ago

    Jaipur: "Everything is fiction until it is proven to be a fact," said journalist and author Raj Kamal Jha. "Fiction is what's inside of you. Facts are outside you," he added. Jha was participating in the discussion 'clearing a space: between fact and fiction' with critically-acclaimed writer Amit Chaudhuri, along with...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: School kids turn mystery solvers; author Ketaki Karnik poses questions 5 days ago

    Jaipur: Picture this: a regular family gathering at a relative's farmhouse. But things take a turn for the worse, when a precious objects get stolen. It is now on the teenage detectives to solve the mystery, and find the culprit.Author Ketaki Karnik, who was addressing a young audience on the...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Former Indian Ocean man Susmit Sen shows audience how he makes music; launches new book 5 days ago

    Jaipur: For many of the audiences present on the third day of the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival, the day began with a chilly weather and warm, scintillating music. Noted musician and former member of the Indian rock band Indian Ocean, Susmit Sen was in conversation with the audiences about "the music...
  • Author Amish Tripathi announces his new series on Lord Ram 5 days ago

    Bestselling author Amish Tripathi has announced his new series on Lord Ram. The first book that is expected to be out by October is titled 'Scion of Ikshvaku'. Not revealing much about the plot, the author said it is his fictitious and respectful interpretation of the Ramayan. Amish's Shiva Trilogy...
  • Shashi Tharoor on Modi's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: The hollowness of the campaign will create more frustration among the people 5 days ago

    Jaipur: Dressed in a yellow kurta and a black jacket, Shashi Tharoor waved and greeted everyone with folded hands as he came on the stage for his session with former journalists Mihir Sharma and Amrita Tripathi on Friday noon at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival. The politician was at the lit...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Javier Moro talks about 'The Red Sari'; recounts the hilarious incident of how he first introduced himself to Sonia Gandhi 6 days ago

    Jaipur: Javier Moro, speaking in a lilting Spanish accent, looked unruffled by the reaction to his famously-banned, recently released book 'The Red Sari'. A biography that Moro describes is more on the lines of a love story, is a biographical account of Indian National Congress president Sonia Gandhi. In a discussion...
  • Shashi Tharoor accuses Modi of 'silence' on conversion, other issues 6 days ago

    Jaipur: Attacked by detractors within the party of praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Friday accused Modi of maintaining "silence" on his ministers comments on controversial issues and conversion campaign by groups like VHP. "Modi has to realise that his ministers simply don't understand that they are...
  • Caste politics only spreads hatred, says Tamil author Meena Kandasamy 6 days ago

    Tamil poet, author and activist Meena Kandasamy speaks to CNN-IBN about the controversy involving Author Perumal Murugan at the Jaipur Literature Festival. ...
  • Waheeda Rehman: Not friends with any of the current actors except for Abhishek Bachchan 6 days ago

    Jaipur: As Waheeda Rehman went up on the stage with her biographer, filmmaker Nasreen Munni Kabir, the leaking Mughal tent at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2015, erupted into thunderous applause for the beautiful actress. The session which was moderated by Arshia Sattar was a rather candid session with Waheeda Rehman...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Shabana Azmi and Salima Hashmi remember their famous fathers Kaizi Azmi and Faiz Ahmed Faiz 6 days ago

    Jaipur: It was a special session indeed when daughters of two very renowned poets of the sub continent, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Kaifi Azmi came together to discuss their illustrious fathers and their poetry in front of select audience at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival. Hindi films actress and activist Shabana...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Alberto Manguel, Will Self, Nicholson Baker, Amit Chaudhuri discuss the writer's role as a critic 6 days ago

    Jaipur: "One of the first differences between a writer and a critic is that a critic wants to sound like he's read a lot. A writer, on the other hand, may want to sound unfinished, naive and incomplete at times," said Nicholson Baker, American writer of fiction and non-fiction. Noted personalities...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Theatre doyen Sushama Deshpande explores Dalit culture in Maharashtra; adapts Urmila Pawar's bestseller 6 days ago

    Jaipur: Dressed in a traditional blue and red sari, noted Marathi theatre personalty Sushama Deshpande spoke with palpable excitement about her upcoming project. "I have adapted Urmila Pawar's book 'Aaydan: Notes From The Margins' on the theatre. But to call it an adaptation would be slightly wrong. I have simply edited...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Vishal Bhardwaj not yet ready to give up on Shakespeare, may direct a comedy next based on bard's play 6 days ago

    Jaipur: Even though Vishal Bhardwaj has made a trilogy based on Shakespeare's work already, the director doesn't mind making a few more films based on the bard's work. During a short chat up at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival, the filmmaker revealed that while he hasn't planned his next film yet,...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Jhumpa Lahiri wins the 2015 DSC Prize for literature; takes home a cheque for $50,000 6 days ago

    Jaipur: Indian-American author Jhumpa Lahiri today won the $50,000 DSC Prize for Literature, one of South Asia's top literary awards for her book 'The Lowland'. The prize celebrates writing on the South Asian region from writers across the globe and is given to the best novel or translations into English, of...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Shabana Azmi, Girish Karnad release coffee-table book on Indian theatre; discuss the legacy of the art form 1 week ago

    Jaipur: Coffee table book 'Curtain Call: Celebrating Indian Theatre' encapsulating ten years of Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) was released at Jaipur Literature Festival today. The commemorative book on Indian Theatre, with contributions from eminent theatre personalities was released by Shabana Azmi, Girish Karnad and other dignitaries. At the...
  • JLF 2015, Day 1, behind the scenes: Celebrity chef Vikas Khanna has a new catchphrase, Vishal Bhardwaj's unassuming ways 1 week ago

    Jaipur: Most of the audiences at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival were really eager to connect with the authors and attend the erudite discussions taking place on several stages. But we spotted a horde of eager ladies, waiting in breathless excitement for the arrival of a certain celebrity chef. 'MasterChef...
  • Trains in India have lost their charm: Paul Theroux 1 week ago

    The first day of the Jaipur Literature fest witnessed a reunion between Nobel Laureate VS Naipal and his American protégé Paul Theroux, after the two had a fall out a few years ago. ...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Nobel prize-winning author VS Naipaul moved to tears 1 week ago

    Jaipur: It is a rare sight when a well-known, senior literary figure showcases a softer emotion. That too, in front of an audience. But that's what happened on the first day of Jaipur Literature Festival. The Char Bagh venue played host to a sublime discussion on 'A House for Mr. Biswas'...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Naseeruddin Shah thought Girish Karnad was a ladies man 1 week ago

    Jaipur: On a balmy winter afternoon, in the pink city, noted actor Naseeruddin Shah was reminiscing about the old days as a struggler in Bollywood. Karnad in those days, was the director of the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) when Shah was a student there. After graduating, however,...