Archive for January, 2011
There’s a story Ruskin Bond tells the audience that is illustrative of just how things have changed in the world of publishing, currently spearheaded in the subcontinent by the likes of his interlocutor this morning, Ravi Singh of Penguin India.
He tells us of how he goes to a bookstore, and just like any young author [...]
Eschewing the more obvious themes presented by headliner sessions such as ‘Why Books Matter’ (with Patrick French, Kiran Desai et al), I followed a friend into ‘Cinema Bhojpuri’. His claim that Nepali directors were responsible for much of the resurgence in the Bhojpuri film industry in Bihar and elsewhere was an intriguing one, and I [...]
Jaipur seems bigger and more anonymous every time I return. The Jaipur Literature Festival, too, is
growing by the year, with over 100 sessions spread over four venues and five days in the sprawling grounds of the Diggi Palace Hotel. More authors, more books, more readers! And if crowd crush may be an inconvenience at sessions [...]
Day Zero A
I didn’t see any monkeys at Tribhuvan International Airport – the exiles from Pashupati have been an attraction of late for prospective flyees – but I did see the superlatively human Vikram Seth. Or someone like what he may have been decades ago when he snuck across the border with Tibet, down from [...]