articles by Harsh Pareek


Raji: An Ancient Epic game review | The devil is in the details

Nodding Heads's action-adventure-puzzle-platformer is out on Nintendo Switch and will be releasing later this year on PC, PS4 and Xbox One


Zee JLF 2020 Day 4: On stage — Abhijit Banerjee, climate change and travel writing; off stage — a rowdy crowd

Overhearing a fellow attendee at Day 4 of the Zee JLF 2020 tell his friend, 'Celebrities dikha raha hai toh bol, warna time waste mat kar', I hoped the rather dramatic session featuring Rajdeep Sardesai and Sachin Pilot lived up to his expectations | Harsh Pareek writes


Zee JLF 2020: A reading by Lemn Sissay, varied ideas on writing fiction among highlights of Day 3

If Howard Jacobson came off as witty in yesterday's session [at the Jaipur Literature Festival], the man just absolutely let loose in this one. He talked about how his fiction comes from a place of shame and desperation, and described how if he ends up writing a bit too much on a particular day, he 'projectile vomits' it all next morning


Zee JLF 2020: On Day 2, a wide-ranging discussion on surveillance and data, and Howard Jacobson's musings on writers

A somewhat muted Day 2 of Zee JLF 2020 kicked off with Howard Jacobson sharing quite a bit of wisdom and advice with the morning audience. The day's most compelling session was the one featuring Martin Goodman, Jairam Ramesh and David Wallace-Wells.


Zee JLF 2020: Inspiring personalities, present-day challenges, poetry and food dominate Day 1 conversations

Marie Colvin to Susan Sontag, the greatest challenges confronting humanity today, Krishnendu Ray and Asma Khan's food stories — Day 1 of the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2020 had many engaging moments


What Did Jack Do?: David Lynch's transcendent short film on Netflix features a talking monkey...and a love song

David Lynch's latest short, What Did Jack Do?, recently dropped on Netflix without any warning, catching unsuspecting and innocent bingers off guard.


Monkey business at the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2020: An exceptionally handy guide to the 13th edition

The 13th edition of the JLF to kick off on 23 January, featuring over 200 sessions spread across five days.


Ducks, Newburyport review: Navigating the exhausting beauty of Lucy Ellmann's mindscape

Reading Lucy Ellmann's 1,000-plus pages, (almost, but not quite) single sentence long Ducks, Newburyport is an experience (as one would imagine) unlike any other I've come across in recent times.


10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World review: Arresting premise, hobbled potential in Elif Shafak's latest 

Elif Shafak is undoubtedly a gifted writer, and you're constantly reminded of this while reading 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World. Unfortunately, what begins as a gripping premise with much potential, soon breaks down, tripping over its own traps of clichés and predictability.


48 life-changing lessons from the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2019; or, the One Listicle to Rule Them All

Lesson No. 2: At the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival, free water and career advice are always just around the corner. Both served matter-of-factly by strangers.


Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2019: Literary conversations, underwhelming debate bring Day 5 to a close

The final day of the 12th (and among the coldest) edition/s of the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2019 kicked off with a conversation between Irvine Welsh and Chandrahas Choudhury.


Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2019: Adaptations, power differentials in gender dominate conversations on Day 4

Andre Aciman, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Irvine Welsh and Yann Martel discussed adaptations of their works on Day 4 of the Jaipur Literature Festival


Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2019: On Day 3, discussions about need for atypical gay love stories, travel writing

The third day of the Jaipur Literature Festival saw a packed audience waiting to listen to Jeffrey Archer, and André Aciman speaking about Call Me By Your Name


Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2019: History, biographies, storytelling in focus on Day 2

With the first day of the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2019 closing rather unceremoniously after the weather took a bit of a dramatic turn, day two was all about that golden winter sunshine and abundant politeness.


Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2019: On Day 1, surreal worlds, science and climate change dominate conversations

On the cold morning of 24 January, the 12th edition of the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival kicked off to the sound of drums.


Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2019: Your guide to the authors and must-attend events at this 12th edition

The biggest litfest of them all, and perhaps the most awaited of the circuit, the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival will kick off on 24 January for its 12th edition.


Indian Life and People in the 19th Century: JP Losty revisits Company paintings in fascinating new book

Some two hundred years after they were executed, many of these paintings have found their way to collectors Shilpa and Praful Saha, founders of the TAPI Collection, and are now the subject of curator and art historian JP Losty’s catalogue of the same, Indian Life and People in the 19th Century: Company Paintings in the TAPI Collection, published by Roli Books.


A God in Exile: Photographer Raghu Rai's new book is an intimate portrait of the 14th Dalai Lama

In the pages of Raghu Rai’s new photo book is an extraordinary life delicately encapsulated. A life of spirituality and divinity, of turmoil and struggle, of peace and strength — the life of the 14th Dalai Lama.