Harshita Tewani / Changing Tomorrow Asia’s largest free literary festival is round the corner, everyone is excited and waiting for the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival to mesmerise them, yet again. JLF is known for its stimulating sessions and awe-striking music shows, with a blend of learning and socialising. With this issue we bring forth to you the sessions that youth should definitely wait for this season of the literary extravaganza.
Day 1: 21st January
The very first day witnesses the presence of one of the most awaited authors this year, Ruskin Bond. The highlights of the day would be:
Scenes from a Writer’s Life:
Ruskin Bond in conversation with Ravi Singh from 11:10- 12:10 pm at CharBagh.
The Z Factor:
Subhash Chandra and Vallabh Bhansali in conversation with MJ Akbar from 12:25-1:25 pm at the Front Lawns.
An Unsuitable Boy:
Karan Johar and Poonam Saxena in conversation with Shobhaa De from 3:45-4:45 pm at the Front Lawns.
Day 2: 22nd January
Day two witnesses speakers like Homi Bhabha, Stephen Alter, and Irving Finkel. Sessions to wait for are:
Selfie: Stephen Fry, Helen Macdonald, Blake Morrison, Christina Lamb and Esther Freud, moderated by Samanth Subramanian from 11:10-12:10 pm at the Front Lawns.
India at Play: Suresh Menon, Anil Kumble, Ronojoy Sen and Baichung Bhutia in conversation with Sidin Vadukut (Launch of Wisden India Almanak 2015) from 12:25-1:25 pm at the Front Lawns.
Some Ways Not To Write A Poem: Jerry Pinto from 12:25-1:25 pm at Samvad.
This Unquiet Land: BarkhaDutt in conversation with Shobhaa De from 5:15-6:15 pm at CharBagh.
Day 3: 23rd January
Third day has speakers like Margaret Atwood and Anita Nair to wait for. The looked for events of this day are:
The Craft of the Bestseller: Ravi Subramanian, Anuja Chauhan and Ravinder Singh in conversation with Shobhaa De11:10am – 12:10pm at Charbagh.
The Fry Chronicles: Stephen Fry in conversation with AninditaGhose11:10am – 12:10pm at the Front Lawns.
The Need to Listen: Dialogue versus Rhetoric: Sudheendra Kulkarni, Syed Salman Chishty, P. Sivakami, Shashi Tharoor and PinkyAnand in conversation 12:25-1:25 pm at the Front Lawns.
I Dream Therefore I Am: Ronnie Screwvala in conversation with Shobhaa De 1:30-2:20 pm at Charbagh.
Poetry Hour 7×7: KavitaNirantar: Anne Waldman, HariramMeena, Nguyen Phan Que Mai, Sitanshu Yashchandra, Uday Prakash and the winner of KL Sethia, with Ashok Vajpeyi from 5:15-6:15 at Samvad.
Day 4: 24th January
The second last day has the following sessions to be excited about:
Swachh Bharat: The India Story: Shashi Tharoor, Sanchaita Gajapati Raju and Desraj Kali in conversation from 11:10am – 12:10pmat Charbagh
Nazm Uljhi Hui Hai Seene Mein: Gulzar in conversation with Pavan K. Varma from 11:10am – 12:10pm at the Front Lawns.
A Poetic Genealogy: Javed Akhtar in conversation with Rakhshanda Jalil from 2:30-3:30 at the Front Lawns.
Day 5: 25th January
Last day has some more sessions to be eager about. They are:
The Gita Is for Children? Really?
Roopa Pai from 10:00-11:00 am at Samvad
Kothagoi: Prabhat Ranjan and Yatindra Mishra, moderated by Anu Singh Choudhary from 11:10-12:10 at Mughal Tent
Khaamosh…Shotgun Sinha Speaks Shatrughan Sinha, Shashi Tharoor and Bharathi S. Pradhan in conversation from 1:40-2:20 pm at the Front Lawns.
The Sherlock Holmes Connection: Anushka Ravishankar from 2:30-3:30 pm at Samvad.
Not to miss are the fantastic and mind-blowing morning and evening music shows by eminent musicians like Amrit Kaur Lohia, Gaayatri Kaundinya, and bands like Delhi 2 Dublin, Mrigya and Skavengers. Also certain book launches are definitely what youth should look forward to.