Literature Festival

  • 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'...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Slice of history at 5-day Jaipur Literature festival beginning Jan 17 January 10, 2014

    Stories about the Second World War or the ruins in Pompeii or even about the old life of Delhi- the upcoming 2014 Jaipur Literature Festival is set to throw a spotlight on history. The seventh edition of the five-day festival scheduled from January 17 at Diggi Palace in Jaipur is expected...
  • Surrender to musical evenings at Jaipur Literature Festival January 9, 2014

    Evenings at the upcoming Jaipur Literature Festival will be audiovisual treat for music lovers as they will be treated to Africa's traditional nomadic melodies along with Rajasthani folk, Indie-pop and classical jazz. "The Musical Stage", on the sidelines of the five-day literary event, will begin here January 17 and will be...
  • Jaipur Literature Festival: Full programme (January 17 to 21) January 8, 2014

    The world's biggest literature festival is back. The Jaipur Literature Festival starts on Friday, January 17, and goes on till Tuesday, January 21. If you're wondering which sessions to watch, and who's on them, here's the full programme. January 17, Friday FRONT LAWNS 10:00AM-11:00AM: Keynote Address - Amartya Sen 11:15AM-12:15PM:...
  • Thinker's treat to unfold at Jaipur Literature Festival January 4, 2014

    The five-day Jaipur Literary Festival (JLF) which begins from Jan 17 will see discussions on a range of topics, including the Second World War, the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai, history, religion and the art of short stories. Among the more prominent authors in attendance this year are Nobel laureate Amartya...
  • Jhumpa Lahiri, Samantha Shannon to attend Jaipur Literature Festival November 26, 2013

    Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri, British writer Samantha Shannon, actor Irrfan Khan and boxer Mary Kom, besides noted historians, literary critics and activists will attend the Jaipur Literature Festival 2014 being organised at Jaipur in 2014. The seventh edition of the five-day festival, home to all bookworms and literary lovers, will...
  • Bookaroo to come to Delhi for its 6th children's literature festival November 23, 2013

    New Delhi: It is the big outing-of-the-year for the children of Delhi when Bookaroo comes to town. The children's literature festival is all set for its sixth edition on November 23 and 24. Organised by the Bookaroo Trust, this year's edition of the festival moves to a bigger and more central...
  • Penguin India back with their 10-day Spring lit fest March 14, 2013

    New Delhi: In its fourth edition, Spring Fever is Delhi's first-ever literature spring festival, and the only festival of its kind organized by a leading publisher in India. The ten-day festival will be held in India Habitat Centre from 15th to 24th March (7pm onwards) and will encompass a...
  • Gulzar cuts short Pak visit, skips Karachi Literature Fest February 14, 2013

    Gulzar was meant to be a keynote speaker at the Karachi Literature Festival that starts on February 15. But decided to return to India. He was in Pakistan on a private visit with filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj recently. ...