History, Jaipur Literature Festival 2015, Penguin Random House India, Religion

Terror and Faith – Jessie Childs at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2015

Jessie Childs (Extreme Left) , Ahmed Rashid (Left), Llewelyn Morgan (Right), and William Pinch (Extreme Right), moderated by Peter Frankopan (Middle) As the five luminaries take their seats on the stage, the front lawns seem to look fresher than it was yesterday. The rain gods sure did a good job of gifting us a refreshing second […]

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Children, Fiction, Indian Literature, Jaipur Literature Festival 2015, Myths and Epics

Pashu: Animal Tales from Hindu Mythology – Devdutt Pattanaik at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2015

As Devdutt Pattanaik gets ready to grace the stage and enthral the audience with his superior oratory skills, the audience eagerly awaits. The intimate space of the Samvad allows the audience an atmosphere fit for storytelling and who better than to engage in an hour-long storytelling session? “Somewhere along the line, stories became the best […]

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Economics, Jaipur Literature Festival 2015, Penguin Random House India

Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable – Nassim Nicholas Taleb at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2015

Nassim Nicholas Taleb in conversation with Abhimanyu Radha Singh As the crowds gather in the front lawns, they gaze curiously at Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s face. For those who aren’t familiar with his works, this session could have very well been just another debate and discussion concerning the 2012 movie. As the session commences, Abhimanyu Radha […]

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Art, Jaipur Literature Festival 2015, Penguin Random House India

Contemporary Pakistani Art – Salima Hashmi and Kamila Shamshie at Jaipur Literature Festival 2015

(Left to right- Salima Hashmi, Alka Pande, Kamila Shamsie) As Salima Hashmi, Kamila Shamsie take centre stage, along with Alka Pande, their presence is as pleasant as the cool winter morning in Jaipur. As the crowds are quick to fill the Baithak, it becomes clear that this will truly be a worthwhile discussion. Pakistani Contemporary […]

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Authors, Jaipur Literature Festival 2015

The Empress Dowager Cixi – The concubine who launched Modern China – Jung Chang at Jaipur Literature Festival 2015

Dressed elegantly in an attire of the nineteenth century China, Jung Chang responds to a compliment paid to her beautiful dress-“I wanted to show you all how women in the nineteenth century dressed”. As she gets ready to tell her story, she sets up her presentation to show the audience rare pictures alongside her tale of the great empress. […]

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