Jaipur Literature Festival: Ken Follett, Nandan Nilekani and Tanuj Bhojwani to be star attractions of day 4
British author Ken Follett and veterans of the digital world Nandan Nilekani and Tanuj Bhojwani will be the prime attractions of day four of the 15th edition of Jaipur Literature Festival 2022 on Tuesday.
Nandan Nilekani and Tanuj Bhojwani will be talking about their new book The Art of Bitfulness which deals about the toxic relationship that we share with technology in this unprecedented digital age. The book offers optimistic yet pragmatic strategies for healthier, more mindful engagement.
They will have a conversation with economist and writer Mihir S Sharma, answering questions about the blurred lines between work and home, recreation and repetition, and our lives and our screens; the boundaries necessary for time, privacy and attention.
Master storyteller Ken Follett is the other star speaker of the day. He will be having a conversation with author Zac O' Yeah as he talks about his latest novel globe-spanning drama Never, his inspirations and his writing process.
Also, Vinod Khanna and Malini Saran, authors of Ramayana in Indonesia, will have a conversation with historian, writer and Festival Co-Director William Dalrymple. They discuss the spheres touched by the Ramayana traditions in Indonesia including literature, performing arts, philosophy and vibrant regional traditions.
The author of the debut novel Animal Lisa Taddeo will have a conversation with Supriya Dravid. They discuss the raw embers of female rage in a male-dominated society and the precarious intertwining of violence and memory.
The third day of the festival featured a panel discussion graced by child psychiatrist and former Senior Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Shekhar Seshadri; educationist and founder of Aditya Birla Education Trust, Neerja Birla; along with columnist and author of Working Out of the Box: 40 Stories of Leading CEOs, Aparna Piramal Raje in conversation with therapist, writer and the co-founder of Children First Institute of Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Shelja Sen.
Raje said, "that no matter how much one achieves, one always feels they can do much. Inside you feel like a failure. There are some benchmarks we set for ourselves that are very hard to fulfil. This type of identity crisis was a big trigger for me in my bipolarity." During the conversation on schools being reopened Seshadri said, "After the pandemic, students are coming back from a lot of circumstances and they should be allowed to tell stories of strength, resilience and hope - this would help create a personal identity and a collective identity that then helps them negotiate the exit from the pandemic.
At another session, British philologist Irving Finkel along with historian and archaeologist Nayanjot Lahiri discussed his new book 'The First Ghosts: Most Ancient of Legacies'. The author, embarking upon an ancient ghost hunt, has made an attempt to unlock the secrets of Sumerians, Babylonians and the Assyrians to find out about the first ghost stories. Lahiri noted that this book is perhaps the most unusual and fascinating book to feature in this year's edition of Jaipur Literature Festival.
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