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15th Jaipur Literature Festival: Watch Out for Indra Nooyi, David Mitchell's Thoughtful Dialogues on Day 3

By Anuj Cariappa
Google Oneindia News

The 15th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival, which took off with a bang on its brand new virtual platform on Saturday, 5 March, will have an interesting line-up of speakers having thoughtful conversations on the third day of the 10-day event.

15th Jaipur Literature Festival

Key Highlights

Indra Nooyi, the former CEO of PepsiCo, in her memoir, My Life in Full, she talks about her journey of grit and determination as she broke through several glass ceilings and the barriers of gender and race to become a global business leader.

Nooyi lays bare her trailblazing corporate journey while also providing us a glimpse into her role as a working mother and her attempts to lay out a blueprint for 21st-century prosperity.

In conversation with author Aparna Piramal Raje, Nooyi discusses her life, her philosophy of 'Performance with Purpose' and the importance of a care infrastructure that benefits both women and men.

David Mitchell, a British-Irish novelist, television writer and screenwriter, will be in conversation with Sami Basu. Both authors will talk about Utopia Avenue, Mitchell's new book. The 2020 book revolves around the 1960s British rock band Utopia Avenue. Through Soho clubs and draughty venues to the promised land of America and glittering Los Angeles, Mitchell takes the reader through a flamboyant, psychedelic era. In conversation with author Samit Basu, he discusses his bewitching novel and the celebration and power of music.

Apart from many of these, the audience will also witness a session that looks at the relations between India and Bangladesh and examines the socio-political, cultural and economic way forward to fuel and supports the rich diversity of the two neighbouring countries and commemorate 50 years of Bangladesh's Liberation War.

At another session, Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman will join New York Times best-selling author and academic Professor Olivier Sibony and legal scholar Cass R Sunstein in explaining how and why humans are so susceptible to noise in judgement and what we can do about it.

A deep session that examines the constantly evolving and overlapping nature of the pandemic with our mental health and the public need for and response to general well being in the midst of the largest medical crisis of recent times.

Day 2 round up

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On day 2, an insightful session by Best selling author of many books including 'Our Bodies, Their Battlefield: What War Does to Women' and 'I am Malala', Christina Lamb along with the author of 'Looking for the Enemy: Mullah Omar and the Unknown Taliban', Bette Dam took the audience to the harsh reality of war zones.

The discussion threw light on what the future may hold for the country and its people.

Addressing the event, Dalrymple said "Both Bette Dam and Christina Lamb have very bravely covered the full width of conflict in Afghanistan and seen the country through good and bad times."

Lamb highlighted the failure of NATO in Ukraine as well as Afghanistan, in war-like situations.

"In Ukraine we see lots of women fighters which we did not see in Afghanistan at the time of war, but we did see how patriotic people could drive out a much superior military power," she added.

Professor of Psychology at Harvard Steven Pinker discussed his latest book "RATIONALITY: WHAT IT IS, WHY IT SEEMS SCARCE, WHY IT MATTERS" with Indian economist and columnist Mihir S. Sharma.

Citing his recent book, Pinker said, "It's a concentration on my original domain of interest and expertise, namely, the human mind."

"One of the reasons why rationality matters are that it is human rationality that is responsible for most of our progress," he added.

Stellar Italian physicist Professor Giorgio Parisi, talked about his book, In Flight of Starlings: The Wonders of Complex Systems. The book asks fundamental questions such as how ideas are born and what is the meaning of science in society?

Parisi interacted with writer and professor in the department of astronomy and physics at Yale University, Priyamvada Natarajan. In his speech, Professor Parisi mentioned that "in real life, you have many goals but yet you cannot satisfy all of them and then you have to choose a way where you can satisfy most of your goals".

Congress MP Manish Tewari, spoke with with senior fellow and director of the South Asia Program at Carnegie Mellon, Milan Vaishnav, about his latest book 10 Flashpoints.

The book is an insightful examination of the challenges that have characterised Indian foreign policy over the last two decades. It speaks about the national security challenges being posed by the two hostile neighbours, Pakistan and China.

Speaking at the event, Tewari said, "national security is essentially intertwined with a large number of issues, such as economic issues. In many senses of the word, this transgression by China opens up a vista of opportunities for India and if we are innovative in our thinking, if we are prepared to think outside of the box, it presents us with a lot of opportunities."

"India needs 30 years of peace to focus on its developmental needs and for that it needs to find a modus vivendi on China and Pakistan," he concluded.

For registrations and more info visit Jaipur Literature Festival Website

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