HindustanTimes Mon,04 May 2015
Jaipur Literature Festival

'It’s my gurudakshina to father'

He was born with a legacy to carry forward. And sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan has taken it to unimaginable heights. "This is my 'gurudakshina' to my father," says Khan of his book, which was released at the Jaipur Literature Festival today. Praneta Jha reports.

'Why was Tagore against nationalism?'

Ananya Vajpeyi's Righteous Republic: The Political Foundations of Modern India is a book that everyone interested in the evolution of the ideas that shaped the modern Indian nation should read. Manjula Narayan reports.

I read Hindustan Times for inspiration, says Vikas Swarup

Swarup for the last three-and-half years has been working as the consul-general of India at Osaka-Kobe, Japan. He says, it's hard for him to find the time to write given his diplomatic duties, but he's become a 'weekend writer'.

Rising African literary star takes new book to Croatia

Conflict, civil wars and personal choices drive award-winning African writer Aminatta Forna's fictional narratives which probe the social movements and human trauma in troubled zones across the world and on her home turf in Sierra Leone.

'I read HT for inspiration'

I  don't look at myself as a writer, I am a storyteller," says Vikas Swarup, diplomat and novelist. He is most famous for writing Q&A, which was adapted as the Oscar-winning film, Slumdog Millionaire. Jairaj Singh reports.

Found in translation

Author Lakshmi Holmström whose latest book Wild Girls Wicked Words was launched at JLF has much to say about the difficult art of translation. Anurupa Sen reports.

Sex, lies and slaughter

William Dalrymple talks about his new book on the first British-Afghan war and how the world never seems to learn from history. Basharat Peer writes.

A practical man

Prajwal Parajuly’s debut collection of short stories stands apart for its quiet irony and fluid writing. Had you remembered, envy would have steered you away from The Gurkha’s Daughter, his first book, a collection of short stories about Nepalis in India and abroad, and you’d have been poorer for it. Manjula Narayan writes.

The mathematics of fiction

Manil Suri pulls out a flash drive and proceeds to take you through a power point presentation about his latest novel, The City of Devi, set in a Mumbai threatened by imminent nuclear war. Manjula Narayan talks to the professor of mathematics at the University of Maryland.

‘I am not a Jewish novelist’

As Howard Jacobson has found to his amusement, labels stick. Zehra Kazmi talks to the author of the 2010 Man Booker winning novel The Finkler Question, who once famously described himself as a 'Jewish Jane Austen'.


Who is your favourite author at this year's Jaipur Literature Festival?

The much-awaited DSC Jaipur Literature Festival has been scheduled from 24th to 28th January, 2013, at Diggi Palace in Jaipur, where literary talents from across the globe meet. Tell us about your favourite author.