LIT FEST

  • Jaipur Literature Festival: Rajput outfit disrupts Ekta Kapoor's session January 20, 2014

    Jaipur: The fourth day of the Jaipur Literature Festival witnessed chaos on Monday evening as members of Rajput Karni Sena barged into producer Ekta Kapoor's session and shouted slogans against her. Kapoor was addressing a session on Monday at the world renowned literature festival when about 1012 protestors interrupted the programme. The...
  • Khushwant Singh awarded lifetime achievement award at Mumbai LitFest November 15, 2013

    Renowned Indian writer Khushwant Singh was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the Mumbai LitFest 2013 on Friday. The award was received by his close friends Trilochan Sahney and Bir Sahneyon on behalf of the 98year old writer. The award, which carries a citation, silver plaque and cash prize of Rs.500,000, has...
  • I worked on 'The Song of Achilles' for ten years: Madeline Miller February 4, 2013

    Profoundly moving and breathtakingly original, this rendering of the epic Trojan War is a dazzling feat of the imagination, a devastating love story, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame and the human heart. In this stunning reimagining of Homer's Iliad, Patroclus, an exiled...
  • Ashis Nandy should've been more cautious: Ashutosh February 4, 2013

    IBN7's managing editor Ashutosh joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on Ashis Nandy's comments about Dalits at the Jaipur Literature Festival. Q. Was the furor on Ashis Nandy's comments justified? Asked by: Isha A. I don't think so. Q. Is...
  • For a right argument Ashis Nandy used wrong language: Kancha Ilaiah January 31, 2013

    Dalit historian Kancha Ilaiah joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on his defence of Ashis Nandy. Q. Ashis Nandy is an old man. He does not know what he is talking.. He may be thinking something good for the OBC/SC/ST and telling some thing else which is a nonsense. And would...
  • Jeet Thayil wins the 2013 DSC prize for literature January 25, 2013

    New Delhi: Jeet Thayil, an Indian origin author of 'Narcopolis' wins the DSC Literature Prize for South Asia. The prize carries an award of INR 2,800,000 (USD 50,000) given to one international author (or shared with their translator) who has written the best novel thematically linked to the South Asian region. The...
  • Jaipur Lit Fest is South Asia's biggest literature festival: Amrita Tripathi January 24, 2013

    CNNIBN's Amrita Tripathi joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on Jaipur Literature Festival. Q. Is it right that salman rushdie was absent because of threats? Asked by: karthik A. Hi Karthik, That was last year and the protests and threats of violence definitely led to his cancellation. He was in India...
  • Pak authors to participate in Jaipur Lit Fest despite protests January 24, 2013

    Jaipur: Amidst tight security arrangements, the Literature Festival began in Jaipur on Thursday. After the controversies of 2012, Pakistani authors are likely to participate in the festival this year after the organisers assured that there was no threat to them. However, one of the four authors Jeet Thayil ...
  • Controversies at Jaipur Literature Festival this year January 22, 2013

    Jaipur Literature Festival kicks off this week but not without controversy. A group of Islamic clerics has protested the presence of any of the authors who read from the 'Satanic Verses' last year, while the RSS and BJP are reportedly asking for Pakistani participants to be kept out. ...
  • 'Top awardwinning writers at Jaipur lit fest' January 14, 2013

    New Delhi: A starstudded lineup of international writers, including Commonwealth Prize winner Aminatta Forna from Sierra Leone, Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson and Orange Prize winners Linda Grant and Madeline Miller, will lend glamour to the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival Feb 2428. Commenting on the international lineup Friday, festival codirector and...
  • 40 writers to address feminism at Jaipur lit fest January 11, 2013

    New Delhi: Women will be a powerful voice at the sixth annual DSC Jaipur Literature Festival Jan 2428 with iconic writers like Diana Eck, leading Arab novelist Ahdaf Soueif, Aminatta Forna, Lakshmi Holmstrom, Nasreen Munni Kabir and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak addressing issues related to women in literature and the intellectual...
  • Amitav Ghosh, Jeet Thayil shortlisted for lit prize November 22, 2012

    New Delhi: Six books including "River of Smoke" by Amitav Ghosh, "Narcopolis" by Jeet Thayil and "The Wandering" by Pakistanbased author Jamil Ahmad, have been shortlisted for the DSC South Asian Literature Prize 2013. The list, announced in a gala at the Mayfair Hotel in London, it includes six writers ...
  • 'Bookaroo in the City' celebrating children's literature November 8, 2012

    New Delhi: Bookaroo in the City is a unique festival that brings the freedom and excitement of reading for fun into schools across the city. Bookaroo, a literature festival for children, is set to enter its fifth year of its edition. In this year's edition, there is a grand lineup of...
  • Karnad vs Naipaul: Is Indian secularism far too rigid? November 6, 2012

    Playwright Girish Karnad strongly defended his attack on VS Naipaul saying he has no regrets for publicly targeting the eminent writer. While speaking to Deputy Editor Sagarika Ghose on Face the Nation, Karnad also went on to say that he didn't mind being called a professional secularist but Naipaul had...
  • I have no regrets for publicly targeting VS Naipaul: Girish Karnad November 4, 2012

    New Delhi: Playwright Girish Karnad has strongly defended his attack on VS Naipaul saying he has no regrets for publicly targeting the eminent writer. Karnad also went on to say that he didn't mind being called a professional secularist but Naipaul had no right to abuse Muslims. "I waited for...
  • Karnad attacks Naipaul for his views on Muslims November 3, 2012

    New Delhi: The Mumbai Lit fest on Friday witnessed major drama when veteran actor and theatre artist Girish Karnad slammed Nobel prize laureate VS Naipaul and called him antiMuslim. Karnad, who was present at the litfest on Friday to conduct a class on theatre, spoke at length about Naipaul. Karnad said,...
  • Bookaroo lit fest celebrating children's literature November 3, 2012

    New Delhi: Bookaroo, a literature festival for children, is set to enter its fifth year of its edition. In this year's edition, there is a grand lineup of writers, illustrators and storytellers. More than 65 wellknown speakers from all over the world and India to come together to...
  • Masand: 'Harud' is an important, delicate film July 27, 2012

    Cast: Mohammad Amir Naji, Shahnawaz Bhat, Shamim Basharat Director: Aamir Bashir Unlike so many Hindi films about the Kashmir situation, 'Harud', directed by Aamir Bashir is subtle and understated, and unfolds at a quiet, unhurried pace despite the urgency of the themes it addresses. So quiet and so slow, in fact,...
  • Venkaiah Naidu targets Congress over Rushdie March 18, 2012

    Hyderabad: A day after controversial author Salman Rushdie hit out at Congress and Rahul Gandhi, senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said on Sunday that the Congress was adopting a "selective approach" in this regard. "That was unfortunate... Congress and pseudosecular parties were selective in their approach," he told reporters...
  • India deserves better leaders than it has: Rushdie March 17, 2012

    New Delhi: In India, two months after being forced to skip Jaipur Literary Festival, controversial author Salman Rushdie on Saturday hit out at Congress, suggesting that his presence there was blocked because of "useless electoral calculations" and told Rahul Gandhi that "it did not work". The renowned author, who has been...
  • Penguin's annual 'Spring Lit Fest' in Delhi March 16 March 12, 2012

    New Delhi: A series of sneak peeps into new books by top Indian writers will be the cornerstone of a festival of literature, "Spring Fever", to be held March 1624 at the India Habitat Centre. An annual feature of PenguinBooks India, the festival will preview several new titles by authors like...
  • JLF: Activist Kavita Srivastava slams Milli Council January 24, 2012

    Human rights activist Kavita Srivastava on Tuesday condemned the organisations which disrupted Salman Rushdie's video link that was supposed to take place at 3.45 PM. Slamming the Jaipurbased Milli Council, she said the threat to the author and the Lit Fest was very disturbing. ...
  • Govt not coming clean on Rushdie: Mark Tully January 24, 2012

    New Delhi: Writer Mark Tully on Tuesday slammed the government for not coming clean on the Salman Rushdie issue, saying if someone has offended religion sentiments then there is law to deal with it. "Salman Rushdie should have been allowed to enter in this country because that is the law of...
  • Oprah to don green Sabyasachi sari in Jaipur January 20, 2012

    Jaipur: An apple green sari with an embroidered black choli is what celebrity talk show host Oprah Winfrey will wear to a dinner at the City Palace as part of the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival. And none other than Sabyasachi Mukherjee has designed it for her. "I am making her wear...
  • Ground report: Jaipur Literature Festival January 20, 2012

    There is a heavy security cover although there is uncertainity whether Salman Rushdie will visit the fest or not. ...
  • FTN: Does India have more literary festivals than bookshops? January 19, 2012

    Over 16,000 writers, critics, fans, publishers are expected to reach Jaipur for the upcoming 5day Literature Festival. ...
  • Will provide security to Rushdie: Jaipur Police January 19, 2012

    The Jaipur Police Commissioner says they've made all possible security arrangements. ...
  • Rushdie silent, no hint about his India visit January 19, 2012

    New York: Even as uncertainty looms over Salman Rushdie's appearance at the Jaipur Literature Festival, the Indiaborn author himself is not giving any hints about his plans to visit India and has maintained a stoic silence on Twitter where he has been a regular commentator. The 'Midnight's Children' author has logged...
  • Rushdie may visit Jaipur after all: reports January 18, 2012

    New Delhi: According to different reports, author Salman Rushdie may not actually be asked to stay away from India during the Jaipur Literature Festival. Although the Rajasthan government has raised concerns over security in the wake of the Darul Uloom Deobands demand that Rushdie be banned from India as he...
  • FTN: Has the Indian state failed to protect creative freedom? January 17, 2012

    The Darul Uloom Deoband reiterated that there must be a ban on celebrated novelist Salman Rushdie from coming to India. ...