William Dalrymple

  • William Dalrymple talks about his book 'Return of a King' January 18, 2013

    In an exclusive interview with CNN-IBN, writer William Dalrymple talks about his inspiration to write his latest book 'Return of a King'. ...
  • '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...
  • William Dalrymple, Rushdie top authors' reading list December 28, 2012

    New Delhi: When leading authors like Aravind Adiga, Jeet Thayil and Amit Chaudhuri were not writing in 2012, they were reading a lot be it works of Naresh Fernandes, William Dalrymple or Anjali Joseph. Mumbai-based journalist Fernandes' book "Taj Mahal Foxtrot: The Story of Bombay's Jazz Age" topped the reading...
  • All historians should attempt to rewrite history as they see it: William Dalrymple December 7, 2012

    In the spring of 1839, the British invaded Afghanistan for the first time. Led by lancers in scarlet cloaks and plumed shakos, nearly 20,000 British and East India Company troops poured through the passes and re-established on the throne Shah Shuja ul-Mulk. On the way in, the British faced little...
  • William Dalrymple on Salman Rushdie's works January 19, 2013

    William Dalrymple, co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival talks about Rushdie's work and expresses his desire to see Rushdie attend the festival in the coming years. ...
  • It needs more than love to write about India August 18, 2011

    New Delhi: Stepping into the soul of India is not easy for a foreign writer; the journey needs more than mere love for the country. The process requires an identification with history, facts at fingertips and an uncanny nose for immediate socio-political contexts, show landmark books written over the years. When...
  • 'City of Djinns' now indistinctly different: Dalrymple May 11, 2011

    New Delhi: The national capital is unrecognisably different from what it was three decades ago when writer William Dalrymple came to the metropolis as a freshman in 1989 to sample the sights and sounds of India. His 'City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi', which was inspired by the colours...
  • Jaipur lit fest: a writer's paradise January 22, 2011

    Jaipur: There was Standing room only by the time Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk's session got underway on Day 1 of the Jaipur Literature Festival. And he certainly lived up to all the hype, and was surprisingly even funny. His girlfriend Booker Prize winner Kiran Desai, demure in the background, will...
  • Jaipur lit carnival rubbishes "pretentious" tag January 22, 2011

    Jaipur: World-famous authors lost themselves amidst thousands of fans as Asia's largest literary event sprang colourfully to life on Friday, debunking criticism of the Jaipur Literature Festival's pretentious overtones. In speeches and debates in bright and airy yellow and green tents, authors, academics and book lovers shared jokes and swapped stories,...
  • Two Englishmen discuss their views on CWG August 22, 2010

    In conversation with Karan Thapar, author-historian William Dalrymple and author-journalist Mark Tully share their views on what they think would become of the Commonwealth Games. ...
  • Double treat: Photographer's images, writer's words April 13, 2010

    How often do you get a top most photographer and a bestselling author working together for the same project. What's on offer is a photography book by Prabuddha Das Gupta with a spl essay by William Dalrymple on the Catholics of Goa. ...
  • Dalrymple back on the literary scene with Nine Lives October 25, 2009

    New Delhi: Self-professed Dilliwallah, William Dalrymple is back on the literary scene with Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India. The book tracks nine stories across the breadth of the country, which marks his return to travel writing. After 30 intensive interviews across the country, Dalrymple narrowed down...
  • Nine Lives, Dalrymple's return to travel writing October 21, 2009

    New Delhi: Self-professed Dilliwallah (Delhite), William Dalrymple is back on the literary scene with Nine Lives, tracking nine stories across the breadth of the country. Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India marks William Dalrymple's return to travel writing. After 30 intensive interviews, across the country, Dalrymple...
  • Five-day Jaipur Lit fest comes to an end January 26, 2009

    New Delhi: The Jaipur Literature festival has hit the home stretch at the weekend. The stars of Saturday would have to be Pico Iyer with William Dalrymple on Monday morning and then Simon Schama - who seems to be the rock star of the world of history. He also has...
  • The Music Room bags Crossword book award July 5, 2008

    Mumbai: The Crossword Book Awards for 2007 were announced on Thursday in Mumbai. Author Amitav Ghosh, a former winner of the award, was the chief guest of the ceremony. He felicitated the winners including Namita Devidayal whose book, The Music Room bagged the popular book award, and Usha K R who...
  • William Dalrymple seeks a break from history January 28, 2008

    Jaipur: Having published two voluminous works on the history of Mughal India in a span of eight years, author William Dalrymple, said writing history was exhausting and that he was currently enjoying a break from it. "Writing history books is a tiring job. Having already written two thick books compiling some...
  • Jaipur lit fest sees Dev Anand, not Gore Vidal January 24, 2008

    Jaipur: The Jaipur Literary Festival is in it's third year and its first day opened with the news that one of this year's star attractions – Gore Vidal, won't be showing up. Despite the unexpected disappointment, the fest still had enough going for it - slightly out of the box...
  • The voices of rising India July 31, 2007

    New Delhi: Here is what some well-known faces from various fields have to say of India in its 60th year of Independence. ...
  • Defining history with Dalrymple November 6, 2006

    New Delhi: Scotsman William Dalrymple has been on the desi scene for the last 20 years. After putting in years of research into books, like his latest The Last Mughal, he's a little touchy about the slightly condescending tag 'popular historian'. "I bristle at the term 'popular history'. I think...
  • Dalrymple and Delhi: A love story November 2, 2006

    New Delhi: It's been four years of research, culminating in historian William Dalrymple's latest book The Last Mughal. The Scottish self-confessed "Delhi-wallah" plans to write three prequels to The Last Mughal, a task that he's said could easily take him another 20 years. CNN-IBN's Amrita Tripathi spoke to the author...