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  • Bollywood bloc
    Jan 27, 2013 21:44 ISTLitGoss

    The rape discourse

    The Public Philosopher session by "rockstar philosopher" Michael Sandel focussed on the December 16 rape and the protests that followed. For once, many more women than men participated in the discussions. HT reports.

  • Pico Iyer
    Jan 27, 2013 19:05 IST

    Pico-Nama, a Jaipur story

    "I don't think technology is a bad thing as far as spirituality is concerned. I just fear the instant means of communication today is drowning our voice," Pico Iyer tells me at the Jaipur Literature Festival. Jairaj Singh reports.

  • William Dalrymple
    Jan 26, 2013 22:23 ISTLitGoss

    A taste for honey

    Writer Ravinder Singh (I Too Had a Love Story) ruffled some feathers in the audience, when he said blasting Yo Yo Honey Singh tracks from his car was part of his Punjabiyat. HT reports.

  • Encounters and experiences with buddhism
    Jan 25, 2013 21:23 IST

    Encounters and experiences with buddhism

    In a session presented by Hindustan Times, author Victor Chan, activist Siddiq Wahid and Sri Lankan scholar Ranjini Obeyesekere talked about their encounters and experiences with Buddhism. Praneta Jha reports.

  • Jaipur Literature
    Jan 25, 2013 14:25 ISTHT @ Jaipur Lit Fest

    Laughing matter at JLF

    The second session of the second day of the Jaipur Literature Festival, Laughter Weeping Writing, presented by the Hindustan Times, had the audience rolling down the aisle with laughter. Jairaj Singh reports.

  • Jaipur Lit Fest
    Jan 25, 2013 15:50 IST

    Jaipur Literature Festival to lose money, sponsors exit

    The sixth edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival is running on a negative budget of over Rs. 1.5 crore (approx $278,000) with several sponsors pulling out in the last three weeks citing financial constraints, said organisers.

  • Javed Akhtar
    Jan 25, 2013 16:25 IST

    Spat between Javed Akhtar, Kancha Ilaiah at Jaipur lit fest

    A quarrel over religion broke out between Bollywood lyricist and scriptwriter Javed Akhtar and Dalit activist and writer Kancha Illaiah at the Jaipur Literature Festival today.

  • Deborah Moggach, Gary Shteygart, Manu Joseph
    Jan 25, 2013 21:10 ISTJaipur Literature Festival

    What's funny? Everything

    The second session of the second day of the Jaipur Literature Festival, Laughter Weeping Writing, presented by the HT, had the audience rolling down the aisle with laughter. Jairaj Singh reports.

  • Jeet Thayil
    Jan 26, 2013 08:58 ISTThayil thrills

    Jeet Thayil Wins $50,000 DSC prize

    Poet and first-time novelist Jeet Thayil has won the DSC prize for South Asian Literature 2013 for Narcopolis at the Jaipur Literature festival.

  • Ashis Nandy
    Jan 26, 2013 13:55 IST

    My statement on corruption was misquoted: Ashis Nandy

    Sociologist Ashis Nandy today said that his statement on corruption was misquoted and apologised saying he did not mean to hurt people.

  • Ashis Nandy
    Jan 26, 2013 19:37 IST

    Caste line lands Ashis Nandy in soup, Maya furious

    Sociologist and author Ashis Nandy on Saturday stirred a hornet’s nest by saying those from the SC/ST and OBCs were 'the most corrupt'. As angry reactions poured in, a police case was registered against him, though Nandy later clarified he’d been misquoted. HT reports. Ashis Nandy clarifies

  • Rahul Dravid
    Jan 26, 2013 21:59 ISTJaipur Literature Festival

    'Dravid is our Pataudi'

    Young and talented cricketers are hailed as celebrities when they simply haven't played enough, feels former skipper Rahul Dravid. Jairaj Singh reports.

  • Simon Singh, Madhu Trehan
    Jan 28, 2013 16:30 IST

    'Scientists are people who never grew up'

    How many Monday mornings do you start with a Big Bang? Or, more precisely, how many Monday mornings do you start by listening to a guy with a spiky Mohawk and full-moon glasses, explain the how’s and why’s of the Big Bang theory? Zehra Kazmi sheds light on his session at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2013.

  • Ashis Nandy
    Jan 28, 2013 20:53 IST

    Ashis Nandy's effigy burnt over remarks at JLF

    Activists of a caste-based non-political organisation today staged protest demonstrations in Patiala against the controversial remarks made by sociologist Ashish Nandy on SC and STs at the Jaipur Literature Festival.

  • Jaipur Literature Festival
    Jan 28, 2013 22:02 ISTJaipur literature festival

    JLF's Lunatic Fringe

    Five days at the Jaipur Literature festival can leave you feeling like you've snorted unmentionable substances and woken up the morning after in a bathtub with the ghost of GB Shaw declaiming selections from his most ponderous plays in your ears. Manjula Narayan reports.