Jaipur Literature Festival: Barkha Dutt, Abhijit V Banerjee, Vir Sanghvi to attend the event
New Delhi, Mar 13: The 15th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival has become a platform for plenty of insightful sessions so far and it will continue on the 10th day of the event as well. There are some noteworthy names who will be attending the literary extravaganza and will be engaging in thoughtful conversations.
What's In The Store?
Well-known journalist Barkha Dutt, who covered the migrant exodus relentlessly and for months on the road in her new book To Hell and Back: Humans of Covid following Covid-19 outbreak, will be having a conversation with Chinmay Tumbe, author of India Moving, discussing the faces and forces at the centre of the exodus.
She will be joined by Vinod Kapri, whose 1232 Kms documents the journey of seven migrant workers to their village, a crisis faced by millions who were forced to walk hundreds of kilometres home, through deadly conditions, abandoned by an administration with only a shrug to offer for their hardship.
The world knows Abhijit V Banerjee as a Nobel Prize-winning economist, but his Cooking To Save Your Life book showed his other side where to the world where he donned a cap of a gourmet chef. In his playful, erudite and sensationally delicious cookbook, Banerjee took us through the recipes he has delighted his friends, colleagues, and students with, that range from charred avocado to Andhra pork ribs, deconstructed salade niçoise to a trifle made.
In conversation with Cheyenne Olivier at Jaipur Literature Festival, who illustrated the book and Festival Producer Sanjoy K Roy, Banerjee speaks movingly of the bonds of food and memory, friendship and community, across cultures and continents.
Veteran journalist Vir Sanghvi recently launched 'Culinary Culture' - an independent rating organisation and movement to recognise India's best chefs and street food vendors, organise global culinary exchanges, and encompass all aspects of the food space in India - with Sameer Sain, Gaggan Anand, Raaj Sanghvi and Ritu Dalmia. In conversation with journalist Pragya Tiwari, he discusses his remarkable work and the celebration of food.
Among the captivating storytellers leading the wave of contemporary Hindi fiction, Era Tak and Divya Prakash Dubey come together to discuss worlds of fiction, fusion, and the fabric of modern writing. Illustrious writer, painter and filmmaker Era Tak's novel, Love Drug, is a saga of love, its many surprises and addictions. Bestselling author and songwriter Divya Prakash Dubey lends irresistible charm to stories of the everyday - rooted in simplicity, invigorated by his unique, addictive narrative style. She will be engaging in a conversation with Tasneem Khan, a compelling session on storytelling in the new age.
Booker Prize-winning author DBC Pierre's recent and riotous novel, Meanwhile in Dopamine City, defies form and the limits of literary possibility. In Dopamine City, a father grapples with a world-changing every day, at mortal speed, his daughter's request for her first smartphone and choice between joining this new world, wither, or escape altogether? In conversation with Jeet Thayil , Pierre discusses experimental fiction and the plea for heart and soul in robotic times.
Round Up of 9th Day
On Sunday 13 March, the day four of this year's Jaipur Literature Festival of the on-ground Jaipur Literature Festival unfolded at its usual ecstatic pace. Member of Parliament from Thiruvananthapuram and bestselling author, Shashi Tharoor had a conversation with journalist, author and columnist Vir Sanghvi.
During the conversation, Tharoor discussed his love for reading and shared his ideas, insights, convictions with Sanghvi. Commenting on the state of Indian diversity, Tharoor remarked that he is worried. "An India that is denied to some of us will be denied to all of us", said Tharoor. In a session entitled Ancient India: Culture of Contradictions, renowned professor Upinder Singh, author of Political Violence in Ancient India and The Idea of Ancient India: Essays on Religion, Politics, and Archaeology was in conversation with historian, author and Festival Co-Director, William Dalrymple.
The fourth day of the literary extravaganza opened at the Front Lawn with a yoga session by Nutrition Consultant and Yoga Teacher, Shikha Mehra. Mehra began her practice by demonstrating the body breath awareness and a flow routine which awakens the entire body, activates the muscles, reduces stiffness and tension in the body and mind. The session ended with a pacifying practice of pranayama. Spreading some morning bliss to the rich festival, the stage was graced by The Aahvaan Project where the group presented a philosophy of love, humanity, and kindness, creating a space for harmony with their unique ability of storytelling via music. Deeply moved by the words of Kabir, musicians Sumit Balakrishnan, Anirban Gosh, Vedi Sinha, Varun Gupta and Nikhil Vasudevan represented a performance which created a space for harmony in the rigmarole of everyday life.
At a panel discussion composed of violinist Ambi Subramaniam; leading film composer and singer, Shekhar Ravjiani; musician Ayaan Ali Bangash; and research-led writer and curator Sadhana Rao talked about what raga means to each of them and their personal journeys of learning and understanding ragas.
Ravjiani said, "...for me raag is an emotion... When I start a composition there is a raag playing in my head, ab vo raag ka naam kya hai mujhe nahi pata, jab banata hoon uske log kehte hai ki...this song takes us to a bahar... "
During a panel discussion on the power of mother earth in our lives, wildlife, conservation, literature and healing; award-winning British poet Ruth Padel and Conservation Biologist, author and columnist Neha Sinha were in conversation with forester and writer Vandana Singh-Lal. At the session, Padel talked about her book, "Where The Serpent Lives" and read a few passages from it while Sinha proceeded to read excerpts from her work , "Wild and Wilful". On how humans should engage with forests, Sinha noted, "The thing to be afraid of in the forest is... if you keep the boundary they [animals] respect you and I don't think people always respect boundaries...it's an inalienable power to being a human being, to have places we can go to which we haven't made, which have made themselves and have wilful and wild processes".
Film critic and writer Anupama Chopra's A Place in My Heart is an ode to the power of storytelling, the magic of cinema, and the adoration of cinema-goers. In conversation with writer Shunali Khullar Shroff, Chopra unravels her place of work and worship, the films that have shaped her long career and fuelled personal intrigue. During the conversation, Chopra also talked about celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Karan Johar and Zoya Akhtar.
At the Jan Michalski Foundation Baithak, owner of Design Directions Pvt. Ltd Satish Gokhale was in conversation with Founder and Director of ARCH College of Design & Business Archana Surana. The session emphasized on the role of farsighted leadership, encompassing a deeper and more empathetic approach to both people and environment, keeping in mind a harmonious relationship between the planet and human society.
At a session focused on Is Hindi the New 'Cool'? authors Divya Prakash Dubey and Nishant Jain discussed "What is the story behind this change? Who are the key players? What is the way forward?" with the publisher and editor Aditi Maheshwari-Goyal.
In another session, Member of Parliament and bestselling author, Shashi Tharoor; Retired Judge Madan B Lokur; journalist, reporter and columnist Swati Chaturvedi and entrepreneur and investor Mohit Satyanand talked about state surveillance and what that means for all of us. While talking about the surveillance of the state, Satyanand said, "I might dare to call it surveillance fascism". Tharoor said that he doesn't like to use words like fascism too easily because they become a term of abuse rather than a term of analysis but noted that "the surveillance state has certainly been growing...". The panel discussion focused on the digital age and how the condition of modern governance relies on the covert power of observation.
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