Literature

  • Jaipur Literature Festival set to travel to London this May April 27, 2014

    The vibrant energies of the annual Jaipur Literature Festival, which attracts over 250,000 visitors annually in India, are set to travel to London this May for a day-long edition of the literary extravaganza. Partnering with South Bank Centre for their annual festival of South Asian culture 'Alchemy', Jaipur Lit Fest will...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival to go to London for a day April 24, 2014

    For the first time, a day long event of the popular Jaipur Literature Festival will be organised in London as part of an annual festival of South Asian culture in the United Kingdom. The organisers of JLF have partnered with renowned South Bank Centre for their festival of South Asian cultur'Alchemy'...
  • Fans pay tribute to Nobel laureate Garcia Marquez in Mexico City April 22, 2014

    Fans and family paid their last respects to much-loved Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez on Monday, leaving flowers and playing music in a colorful remembrance of the Nobel laureate and giant of Latin American literature. Hundreds thronged outside Mexico City's Palace of Fine Arts, a domed jewel of early 20th century...
  • Indian author Pankaj Mishra wins $ 150,000 Yale literary prize March 11, 2014

    Washington: Award-winning Indian author Pankaj Mishra is among eight writers from seven countries who have won a $ 1,50,000 Yale University prize each in recognition of their literary achievements. Essayist and novelist Mishra has been selected for the prestigious Windham Campbell Literature prize in the non-fiction category, Yale University said...
  • Bonanza for book lovers this election season March 9, 2014

    It is the election season and politics has taken the centre stage everywhere, even in the world of literature. There is a galore of options for book lovers in this election season to chose from. ...
  • In conversation: Bangladeshi writers Maria Chaudhuri and K Anis Ahmed February 24, 2014

    An explosion of new writing from Bangladesh is fast spreading across the world of contemporary literature. Two of the newest literary stars from the country, Maria Chaudhuri and K Anis Ahmed, both have new books out this year. Chaudhuri's candid and moving account of growing up and growing away, Beloved...
  • Oral stories, comics develop interest in literature: Shashi Tharoor February 7, 2014

    New Delhi: The strong tradition of oral stories in India can be used to develop interest in reading in the country, Union Minister Shashi Tharoor said on Friday. On the second day of the ongoing three-day international conference "Literacy through Literature", Tharoor touched upon multiple topics like the relevance of comic...
  • Free-spirited discussions at controversy-free Jaipur Literature Festival January 22, 2014

    After being in the news for all the wrong reasons for two consecutive years, the Jaipur Literature Festival 2014 traversed geopolitical borders, overcame language barriers and discussed political, social and women's issues to exchange ideas without attracting any unwanted controversy. "It was truly a literary festival," said a journalist who has...
  • Curtains down at the Jaipur Literature Festival January 21, 2014

    The seventh edition of the annual Jaipur Literature Festival concluded in Jaipur on Tuesday on a rainy day with organisers vowing to maintain the event as a platform to celebrate the freedom of speech and expression. "We have always advocated this festival to be a platform supporting freedom of expression for...
  • After Javed Akhtar, Mary Kom cancels visit to Jaipur Literature Festival January 21, 2014

    Five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medallist Indian woman boxer MC Mary Kom cancelled her scheduled visit at the Jaipur Literature Festival. "Her baby is unwell after her recent London trip, so unfortunately she had to cancel the visit to Jaipur," her manager Jimmy Levion told PTI. Mary Kom was slated to participate...
  • Ekta Kapoor's session interrupted at Jaipur Literature Festival January 21, 2014

    Jaipur: Movie and television producer Ekta Kapoor's session at the Jaipur Literature Festival was interrupted on Monday when members of Rajput Karni Sena started shouting slogans against her for distorting facts and showing Rajputs in bad light in her TV show 'Jodha Akbar'. As soon as her session 'Each Other Stories'...
  • 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...
  • Javed Akhtar gives Jaipur Literature Festival a miss January 20, 2014

    Bollywood lyricist-scriptwriter Javed Akhtar who was to attend the annual Jaipur Literature Festival on Sunday gave it a miss. The 69-year-old lyricist was scheduled to participate in a session titled "Urdu Mein Hindustan" in conversation with popular Hindi poet Ashok Vajpayi. In Akhtar's absence, the session was taken over by lyricist...
  • Theatre not dead, says Mahesh Dattani at Jaipur Lit Festival January 19, 2014

    Playwright and stage director Mahesh Dattani on Sunday denied that theatre was dead and said the medium of stage drama had instead cemented its own place in the contemporary era of visually rich cinema. "I do not think that theatre is really dead. It's a drawing room conversation for you that...
  • Outrage over December gangrape led to more awareness: Gloria Steinem January 19, 2014

    Iconic feminist, activist and writer Gloria Steinem says that the Delhi gangrape was a very important incident that helped in fighting violence. "I think it's very important and it helps all of us, because we are all fighting violence in general and specifically female violence whether its in war...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival: Writing alone can't run your house, says Cyrus Mistry January 19, 2014

    In an honest confession, reticent author Cyrus Mistry admits a writer either has to take up odd jobs or should have the backing of a guardian angel to run his household, as writing is a creative pursuit and isn't a high-paying job in India. "In India, they don't pay very much...
  • Modi is Dabangg hero, Kejriwal angry young man: Meghnad Desai January 19, 2014

    Bollywood movies have had impact on eminent personalities over the years, making them resemble certain characters, India-born British economist Meghnad Desai says. "Narendra Modi is a 'Dabangg' (bold) hero. Every time he speaks, it feels like he is going to kick somebody. He is definitely dabangg and we need dabangg types...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival: Cyrus Mistry wins DSC Prize for 'Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer' January 18, 2014

    Cyrus Mistry won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature for his novel "Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer", in Jaipur on Saturday at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival. His novel deals with the less-known life of corpse bearers, a microscopic community within the Parsi clan. Their job is to cleanse the...
  • Our country very good at editing realities, says Jerry Pinto at JLF January 18, 2014

    India is good at editing realities, turning a blind eye to them and believing that fail to exist, author-journalist Jerry Pinto has said. "Be it the issue of criminalising homosexuality, of prostitution or a new political party's win as an outcome of public outburst, we tend to edit realities and...
  • American literature massively overrated, says Jhumpa Lahiri at JLF January 18, 2014

    Indian American author Jhumpa Lahiri believes that American literature is massively overrated and that current reading habits are transformed by the mainstream. "Our reading habits are transformed by the mainstream and to be frank, I find American literature massively overrated," the 46-year-old author said at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival in...
  • US shifting to clean, surgical action for rooting out terror: American author January 18, 2014

    The US has under President Barack Obama shifted from its policy of invading countries to root out terrorism to a "clean, surgical" action to take out terrorists, thus transforming the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from an espionage organisation to a paramilitary force for lethal targeting of terror masterminds, says American...
  • Poetry app 'Haiku JAM' for Jaipur Literature Festival visitors January 18, 2014

    "Books, sun, writers, chai In two days time, all the world Here Literature Lives." That is a haiku penned by a visitor at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival using the poetry application 'Haiku JAM'. At seventh edition of the Festival, an annual gathering of literature buffs, visitors can co-author poems with bestselling authors and...
  • Shashi Tharoor to not attend Jaipur Literature Festival today January 18, 2014

    Union minister Shashi Tharoor who was slated to attend the Jaipur Literature Festival on Saturday, will not attend the event following his wife's death. Pushkar, who was upset over an alleged extra-marital affair between Tharoor and a Pakistani journalist, was found dead in a room in the Leela Palace hotel...
  • Won't be surprised if AAP got quite a few seats in LS polls: Amartya Sen January 17, 2014

    Lauding Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for its victory in the Dehi Assembly elections, Nobel laureate Amartya Sen said that the young party stands a fair chance in the Lok Sabha polls as well. "I imagine that they do stand a chance of a reasonable showing at Lok Sabha polls... I won't...
  • Narendra Modi will pose great danger to India if he becomes PM, says Ved Mehta January 17, 2014

    BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi "will be a great danger to India" if he were to rule the country, celebrated author Ved Mehta said in Jaipur on Friday. "He (Modi) will be a great danger to India because of his thinking differentiating between Hindus and Muslims," said the 80-year-old who...
  • AAP victory has set good example of democracy's strength: Amartya Sen January 17, 2014

    Debutant Aam Aadmi Party's victory in the recent Delhi Assembly elections has set a good example of the strength of democracy in India, Nobel laureate Amartya Sen said at the Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur on Friday. Addressing the keynote session of a jam-packed session at the opening day of the...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival begins today, to host over 240 authors January 17, 2014

    Jaipur: The annual Jaipur Literature festival begins on Friday amidst expectations of nearly 2 lakh visitors at the historic Diggi palace in the city. The gathering this time will see the likes of several Nobel prize winners, Booker prize winners. The big faces who will grace the occasion will be...
  • Books, Bollywood and more in store as Jaipur Literature Fest kicks off tomorrow January 16, 2014

    Nobel laureates to local writers, award-winning authors to debut novelists, Bollywood bigwigs to music artistes, the historic Diggi palace in Jaipur is all set to overflow with authors, publishers and book lovers from across South Asia as the annual literary jamboree, the Jaipur Literature Festival, kicks off on Friday. The five-day...
  • Mumbai: Firebrand activist, writer Namdeo Dhasal dies at 64 January 15, 2014

    Mumbai: Renowned Marathi poet and firebrand activist Namdeo Dhasal passed away on Wednesday after a prolonged illness. He was 64. Dhasal, who was battling with colorectal cancer, died at the Bombay Hospital. His last rites would be performed on Thursday. Dhasal was one of the founders of the militant Dalit Panther...
  • Orchestra of ideas, voices at Jaipur Literature Festival January 13, 2014

    In a few days, the grounds and chambers of the heritage 17th-century Diggi Palace will ring with informed debate and profound observations as writers and intellectuals from India and all over the world gather for the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), one of the largest such literary gatherings in the world,...