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 10-12 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 98-year 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 re-imagining 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

    CNN-IBN'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 award-winning writers at Jaipur lit fest' January 14, 2013

    New Delhi: A star-studded 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 24-28. Commenting on the international line-up Friday, festival co-director 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 24-28 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 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 November 9, 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 anti-Muslim. Karnad, who was present at the lit-fest on Friday to conduct a class on theatre, spoke at length about Naipaul. Karnad said,...
  • Bookaroo lit fest celebrating children's literature November 8, 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 well-known speakers from all over the world - and India - to come together to...
  • Masand: 'Harud' is an important, delicate film July 28, 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 pseudo-secular parties were selective in their approach," he told reporters...
  • India deserves better leaders than it has: Rushdie March 18, 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 16-24 at the India Habitat Centre. An annual feature of Penguin-Books India, the festival will preview several new titles by authors like...
  • Rushdie to attend Jaipur Lit Fest Jan 20-22 January 20, 2012

    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 a...
  • DSC Prize for South Asian Lit shortlist announced October 25, 2011

    New Delhi: The shortlist for the prize celebrating the best writing on South Asia is announced. The jury for this year’s $ 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 the...
  • Pak author cleared for India visit after visa glitch September 28, 2011

    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. Hanif was...
  • Pak author latest victim of Indo-Pak visa issues? September 27, 2011

    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 September 26, 2011

    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 Hindu...
  • DSC Prize for South Asian Lit longlist announced September 14, 2011

    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 is...
  • New entrants to list of lit fests as season kicks off September 6, 2011

    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 properties which...
  • Srinagar autumn lit fest 'Harud' cancelled August 31, 2011

    New Delhi: The Autumn Literature Festival, which was scheduled to be held in Srinagar from September 24 to 26 has been called of. Earlier it had stirred a controversy with a section of authors, filmmakers and intelligentsia from the state alleging the festival is an effort by the "repressive government"...
  • Controversy brews over Srinagar lit fest August 29, 2011

    New Delhi: Harud - The Autumn Literature Festival, to be held in Srinagar Sep 24-26, has stirred a controversy with a section of authors, filmmakers and intelligentsia from the state alleging the festival is an effort by the "repressive government" to gag the freedom of Kashmiris. The protesters have devoted a...