Lit Fest

  • Jaipur Literature Festival: Rajput outfit disrupts Ekta Kapoor's session 20-01-2014 05:47 PM

    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 10-12 protestors interrupted the...
  • Khushwant Singh awarded lifetime achievement award at Mumbai LitFest 15-11-2013 04:46 PM

    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 98-year old writer. The award, which carries a citation, silver plaque and cash prize of...
  • Controversies at Jaipur Literature Festival this year 22-01-2013 07:44 PM

    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. ...
  • Amitav Ghosh, Jeet Thayil shortlisted for lit prize 22-11-2012 11:32 AM

    New Delhi: Six books including "River of Smoke" by Amitav Ghosh, "Narcopolis" by Jeet Thayil and "The Wandering" by Pakistan-based 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 08-11-2012 09:05 PM

    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...
  • Karnad vs Naipaul: Is Indian secularism far too rigid? 06-11-2012 12:36 PM

    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 04-11-2012 04:38 PM

    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 03-11-2012 09:59 PM

    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 anti-Muslim. Karnad, who was present at the lit-fest on Friday to conduct a class on theatre, spoke at length about Naipaul. Karnad...
  • Bookaroo lit fest celebrating children's literature 03-11-2012 06:49 PM

    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 well-known speakers from all over the world - and India - to come together to...
  • Masand: 'Harud' is an important, delicate film 27-07-2012 11:59 PM

    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...
  • Venkaiah Naidu targets Congress over Rushdie 18-03-2012 06:29 PM

    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 pseudo-secular parties were selective in their approach," he told reporters...
  • India deserves better leaders than it has: Rushdie 17-03-2012 10:38 PM

    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...
  • Penguin's annual 'Spring Lit Fest' in Delhi March 16 12-03-2012 03:36 PM

    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 16-24 at the India Habitat Centre. An annual feature of Penguin-Books India, the festival will preview several new titles by authors...
  • Rushdie to attend Jaipur Lit Fest Jan 20-22 04-01-2012 11:55 AM

    New Delhi: Breaking a minor jinx in India which began with last September'a failed Harud Festival in Kashmir, celebrated writer Salman Rushdie will attend the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival Jan 20-24, the organisers said on Tuesday. The writer, who was scheduled to attend the festival last year, had whipped up...
  • DSC Prize for South Asian Lit shortlist announced 25-10-2011 03:31 PM

    New Delhi: The shortlist for the prize celebrating the best writing on South Asia is announced. The jury for this years $ 50,000 prize includes renowned literary figures Dr Alastair Niven, Dr Fakrul Alam, Faiza S Khan and Marie Brenner. Ira Pande, chairperson of the jury said, The task before...
  • India: Literature festival central

    World Trip |  Amrita Tripathi
    What is it about literary festivals? The thought of one can drive some people into rhapsodies, or have others pull their hair out, and that's...

  • Pak author cleared for India visit after visa glitch 28-09-2011 05:52 PM

    New Delhi: Best-selling Pakistani writer Mohammed Hanif, whose visa file was reportedly misplaced by the home ministry, has been given the go-ahead to attend a literature festival in India, the event organisers said on Wednesday. He is scheduled to take part in the Kovalam Lit Fest Oct 1-2 in Thiruvananthapuram....
  • Pak author latest victim of Indo-Pak visa issues? 27-09-2011 08:46 PM

    New Delhi: Pakistani author Mohammed Hanif is the latest victim of Indian red tape. The author waited for visa for four weeks, but is now told his file is lost. According to a tweet posted by the author, his file is lost. He says, "After waiting for my Indian Visa...
  • Politics, cinema at Delhi literature fest 26-09-2011 03:40 PM

    New Delhi: Politics, Anna Hazare, new wave cinema and changing trends in contemporary writing will be on offer at the daylong 'The Hindu Lit for Life' festival on Sunday. The Delhi edition of the festival, which will lift the curtain on the two-day literature extravaganza and the awarding of the...
  • DSC Prize for South Asian Lit longlist announced 14-09-2011 03:37 PM

    New Delhi: The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature has announced the longlist for the 2012 prize. The longlist for the prestigious $ 50,000 prize selects the finest writing from or focusing on South Asia. This includes both established and debut writers, as well as three translated works. The Prize...
  • New entrants to list of lit fests as season kicks off 06-09-2011 01:01 PM

    New Delhi: The literary season is upon us, and the country is awash in festivals this year - with two new ones added to the crowded Delhi lit calendar. The Hindu is bringing its three-day festival, starting Sep 25. There is now indication that corporates see literary festival as intellectual...