How a literature festival brings Bengali sweets to life, celebrating the emotional connection of ‘mishti’
While there is reverence for mishti pioneers from KC Das, Ganguram and Nakur to Bhim Nag, Balaram Mullick, Jugal’s and more, that esteem is not extended to the anonymous hands that actually make them
What on-ground literature festivals like JLF mean to first-time authors: 'Getting your book out finally feels real'
Jaipur Literature Festival this year was all the more special also because it gave several first-time authors, whose books released during the pandemic, the chance to talk about their work.
Namita Gokhale on winning Sahitya Akademi Award for Things to Leave Behind: ‘I used to carry it everywhere like a piece of knitting’
"This festival has always had a mysterious life of its own, and it is literally taking me for a ride along with it. I follow where it goes," co-director Namita Gokhale says on the recently-concluded Jaipur Literature Festival.
The Friday List: From a new virtual murder mystery to an open mic for unpublished poets, your weekly calendar of virtual events
Every Friday, we'll bring you a curated list of online experiences — performances, talks, tours, screenings — to mark on your weekly calendar.
In her book Turmeric Nation, Shylashri Shankar investigates how food in India interlaces with identities
The book explores food through popularly known metrics of history, religion, tradition, pop culture and habits.
Jaipur Literature Festival 2021: Alex Ross on his new book, and the chequered life and legacy of Richard Wagner
Wagner still remains a figure of substantial influence in films, literature, painting and music.
Jaipur Literature Festival 2021: From Avni Doshi to Philip Pullman, our picks of sessions to attend from Day 6-10
Here is a list curated by Firstpost of online talks and discussion to tune into and participate in at the virtual JLF 2021.
Jaipur Literature Festival 2021: Mehr Farooqi discusses her new biography of Ghalib, and the challenges of translation
The author, among other things, talked about the important journey Ghalib undertook to Kolkata, and his discovery of the printing process and the bookshops of the city.
Jaipur Literature Festival 2021: Simon Winchester on his new book, and the bloody history of land ownership
The book, which explores the question if land can ever truly be ‘owned’, came about when Winchester himself began to dig into the history of a piece of land he bought after moving to the US.
NPF withdraws from legislators forum, says Naga peace talks hampered due to govt's 'half-hearted approach'
The Opposition party added that the Joint Legislators Forum (JLF) has become a mere forum without any tangible roadmap to resolve the Naga political issue
Online initiative by organisers of Jaipur Literature Festival and HarperCollins India to explore literature produced in Indian languages
Each of the eight episodes in the first season of Words are Bridges will start off with readings from works of Indian literature followed by a discussion between the author and translator.
Destroying patriarchal norms is the kind of political activism I want to do in my books: KR Meera
In this interview with Firstpost, KR Meera discusses how she visualises chapters, the influence of her journalistic background on her work, breaking patriarchal norms, and how writing can require immense physical stamina too.
Namita Gokhale's new book, Jaipur Journals, is a glimpse into multiple stories unfolding over five days of JLF
In Namita Gokhale’s Jaipur Journals, we are taken in five days through the lives of some interesting characters who are in one capacity or another part of what is often referred to as the Kumbh Mela of Literature, the Jaipur Literature Festival.
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 Jaipur Literature Festival 2020: Five detained for sloganeering against CAA during a session; police releases them after a warning
A group of activists, holding a tambourine, shouted slogans against the new citizenship law, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditya Nath during a session at the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2020.
Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2020: Stephen Greenblatt, Suketu Mehta among speakers on last day
Social Media Has Divided Society will draw a curtain on the 2020 edition of Zee JLF. It will be a debate between authors, poets and journalists such as John Lancaster, Nilanjana Roy, Rana Ayyub, Marcus du Sautoy and Faye D'Souza, moderated by Sonia Singh
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 Jaipur Literature Festival 2020: Abhijit Banerjee, Sarah Parcak to discuss economics, archaeology on Day 4
The Travel Session promises to be an interesting panel with well-known authors such as Katie Hickman, Howard Jacobson, Elizabeth Gilbert and Hessler, moderated by JLF co-director William Dalrymple