JLF

  • Waheedaji was hesitant initially to the idea of a biography on her: Nasreen Munni Kabir January 26, 2015

    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...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Chetan Bhagat says Anna Hazare's 'class' has 'placed'; feels that joining politics will make him lose his independence January 25, 2015

    Jaipur: Be it the cold Sunday morning or the throng of people piling in to hear popular Indian writer Chetan Bhagat, the mood at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival was energetic. Dressed in a black velvet bandhgala suit and sporting a distinct salt-and-pepper look, Bhagat was in conversation with Meru Gokhale...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Sonam Kapoor says she hates being asked about her 'fashion statement' and her 'friendship' with Deepika Padukone January 25, 2015

    Jaipur: Dressed in a sharp black pant suit and her hair done up in a style resembling a '50s Hollywood diva, actress Sonam Kapoor was her charming self as she walked through the huge crowd of cheering fans, here on the last day of the Jaipur Literature Festival. In the city...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Sheldon Pollock talks about finding one's 'not self' through modern translations of ancient Indian scriptures January 24, 2015

    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: School kids turn mystery solvers; author Ketaki Karnik poses questions January 24, 2015

    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: Javier Moro talks about 'The Red Sari'; recounts the hilarious incident of how he first introduced himself to Sonia Gandhi January 23, 2015

    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...
  • Waheeda Rehman: Not friends with any of the current actors except for Abhishek Bachchan January 23, 2015

    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...
  • JLF 2015, Day 2, behind the scenes: Waheeda Rehman gets mobbed by the media; Suhel Seth calls Mamata Banerjee 'Lady Macbeth' January 23, 2015

    Suhel Seth was his wittiest and blatant best as he went on the stage to moderate a session on Hamlet, Shakespeare and Haider which had Vishal Bhardwaj, Basharat Peer as panelists. Seth, who is a true blue Calcuttan by heart, kick started the session with "Most of us in Calcutta...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Vishal Bhardwaj, Basharat Peer defend their decision of not highlighting the plight of the migrant Kashmiri Pandits in 'Haider' January 22, 2015

    Jaipur: While Vishal Bhardwaj has been lauded for his latest film 'Haider' from all quarters, there have been several questions directed towards the filmmaker for only highlighting the pains Kashmiri Muslims in the state. Several questions were raised on how the film completely neglected the mass exodus that took place in...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Shabana Azmi, Girish Karnad release coffee-table book on Indian theatre; discuss the legacy of the art form January 22, 2015

    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 January 22, 2015

    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 January 22, 2015

    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. ...
  • Irrfan, Arshad, Manoj are better actors than me, says Naseeruddin Shah January 22, 2015

    Jaipur: The front lawn of the historic Diggi Palace was absolutely packed as stalwarts Girish Karnad and Naseeruddin Shah took center stage on the first day of the Jaipur Literature Festival. The two actors discussed cinema and Shah's recently released autobiography 'And Then One Day' in front of a packed,...
  • No amount of money can make me write vulgar songs, says Javed Akhtar at Jaipur Literature Festival 2015 January 22, 2015

    Jaipur: In an industry dominated by item numbers, lyricist and script writer Javed Akhtar refuses to be a part of the herd. The renowned lyricist was at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2015 to launch his book on poetry which has been translated by Ali Hussain Mir. When asked whether creative...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Religious terrorism existed in the Elizabethan era, claims British author Jessie Childs January 21, 2015

    Contrary to popular belief, terrorism is not a recent phenomena. In an enlightening session at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2015, award winning author and historian Jessie Childs focussed on religious terrorism in the Elizabethan era. The historian was at the festival to present her new book 'God's Traitors: Terror and...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: 'A Girl is a Half-formed Thing' writer Eimear McBride explains the working of a troubled mind January 21, 2015

    Jaipur: Award-winning writer Eimear McBride's first novel 'A Girl is a Half-formed Thing' contains no names. A look inside the dark mind of a young girl, the book only took McBride six months to write. But a book that took only six months to write, took over nine years to get...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Youngest winner of Man Booker prize Eleanor Catton's advice to writers - read children's books January 21, 2015

    Jaipur: Dressed simply in a black kurta and funky green and cream trousers, Eleanor Catton looked like any other bubbling, energetic 29-year-old at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival. But the winner of the 2013 Man Booker prize was in the pink city to talk to young authors and writers about her...
  • How to fit in at the Jaipur Literature Festival January 21, 2015

    Amongst all manners of people you find at the Jaipur Lit Fest, pretentious hipster jerk faces are a majority. If you're going there, you might as well want to fit in. Like they say, 'when in Rome do as the Romans do'. Here is a simple guide for you to...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Chef Vikas Khanna unveils new cookbook; wants to take Indian cuisine to the world January 21, 2015

    Jaipur: Noted chef and TV host Vikas Khanna looked calm and composed as the cameras flashed. Dressed in his olive green jacket, pink tie, grey vest, white shirt and faded denims, Khanna dimpled at the adoring crowd (mostly women) at the 8th edition of Jaipur Literature Festival. "I am here to...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015 opens amidst folk tunes of Rajasthan and sufi music January 21, 2015

    Jaipur: The morning of Jaipur Literature Festival started rather early as eager festival goers, dressed in thick layers of woollens queued up to register at Jaipur Lietrature Festival. In the background, drums played out ethnic beats heralding the eight season of the festival which has become a literary mecca for...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015, Day 1: Live tweets January 21, 2015

    A carnival of books, music and fun, the Jaipur Literature Festival brings together some of the greatest writers and thinkers of our time, from all across the world. Be it Nobel Laureates or aspiring writers, you will find them all here, engaging in discussions and debates, all packed in a...
  • JLF: High auto-rickshaw fares, over-charged local goods disappoint visitors January 20, 2015

    Ahead of the Jaipur Literature Festival many visitors to the Pink city complain that local businesses have been fleecing them during their visit from near and far. But many are disgruntled with the travel agencies and local businesses at the Pink City which are trying to make a quick buck...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: From Transglobal Underground to Bharat Brass Band; world musicians set to perform January 20, 2015

    New Delhi: Jaipur is once again set to dance to the beat of world class musicians as the annual ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival brings together an eclectic line up of artists playing morning and night. The music performances will take place at two locations, the Font Lawns at Diggi Palace...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Chefs, poets and record-breakers set to launch books January 19, 2015

    New Delhi: Known for attracting interesting literary stars, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival has also become the place to launch the biggest books of the year to the public. The festival, which takes place between 21-25 January, will see 19 new titles launched, including the launch of the 'Masterchef India...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Rajasthan's rich heritage to be in focus this year January 19, 2015

    All roads in Jaipur will lead to Diggi Palace on January 21st for the annual Zee Jaipur Literature Festival. With an eclectic mix of speakers' part of this year's program, the festival promises to bigger and better. The lawns of the historic Diggi Palace, which once belonged to a Thakur family,...
  • Naseeruddin Shah, Vishal Bhardwaj, Waheeda Rehman to attend Jaipur Literature Festival January 6, 2015

    Jaipur: Bollywood bigwigs like Naseeruddin Shah, Vishal Bhardwaj, Waheeda Rehman and Javed Akhtar will be present at the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival that will begin here Jan 21, said the organisers. These luminaries will gather to discuss the processes and challenges involved in adapting books into cinemas, the organisers said. There...
  • 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 daylong edition of the literary extravaganza. Partnering with South Bank Centre for their annual festival of South Asian culture 'Alchemy', Jaipur Lit Fest will...