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What do you do with a day like today? Celebrate or mourn? The World Population Day was created by the United Nations to raise awareness about the alarming population growth humans experienced. While childbirth is a time to rejoice, the creation of this day only reminds of the doom and gloom our decisions to rejoice have brought upon us.   The world is already at a population of 7 billion and counting. While some countries are reporting dramatic decreases in ...
Post by: Manasi Kulkarni
                      “I am delighted to lend my support and personal participation to this first Irrawaddy Literary Festival. Literature has always been a big part of my life and I hope this festival, which brings together some of the finest talent from Burma, the UK and elsewhere will encourage more people to explore the world of literature and further their understanding of the English language....
Post by: Kabita Sonowal
It was in 1972, 41 years ago, that the World Book Fair was first held in Delhi at the Windsor Place, New Delhi. That year, the event saw 200 participants. Cut now to the World Book Fair 2013, inaugurated as it was by Dr. Shashi Tharoor, MP, the Minister for State, HRD on February 4th. As it has been for several years now, Pragati Maidan again serves as the venue for the fair.   Over 1,100 stalls shall be at display at the fair. This is inclusive of over 2000 sta...
Post by: Snehith Kumbla
          Needless to say, JLF each year has been an assortment of diverse writings. Day 5, this year, saw American author, Madeline Miller (winner of the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction) discussing The Song of Achilles with Indian poet and author, Anjum Hasan. The Song of Achilles is a reconstruct of mythical Greece and describes the love affair between Achilles and Patroclus. Miller drew her inspiration from Homer’s Iliad about the r...
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                    On January 27, 2013, Jason Burke will introduce William Dalrymple’s latest book titled Return of a King at the JLF. This much-discussed book concentrates on the history of former Khurasan (current-day Afghanistan) from the days of Dost Muhammad and Shah Shuja ul-Mulk, the grandson of the emperor of the Durrani Empire, Ahmad Shah Abdali. Return of a King highlights the British interest...
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  The Jatakas are a huge body of Sanskrit literature, and their uniqueness still rings true. All the stories concern Buddha and his previous lives and have Buddha appear in various forms, ranging from human to animal-form and others. Each story is embellished with a moral; virtuousness is well displayed here, to be imbibed for living a kind, wise and happy life.   Wisdom never dies; it is only reinterpreted in a new age. It is thus no surprise that 26th Ja...
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    “Uncle, there’s no such thing as the Third World. There are only two worlds, and both of them exist everywhere. In one live those who create injustice, and all the rest, the ones who have to put up with injustice, live in the other.”   -    Uday Prakash, The Walls of Delhi   Uday Prakash’s gut-wrenching, stark and stoical book titled The Walls of Delhi will be discussed on January 25, at the JLF. It ...
Post by: Kabita Sonowal
  At the Jaipur Literature Festival 2012, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra's speech was less of a keynote address, but rather a recitation of Kabir's poems. In the heat of the opposition to Salman Rushdie’s proposed JLF visit, Mehrotra made his point through Kabir, putting across the futility of religious discrimination. The speaker at this year's keynote address (on January 24, 2013) – Social activist and Bengali writer Mahasweta Devi, 87, has had a long and ...
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                  On January 5, 2013, author and journalist Sudha Menon will kick start the 'Writing in the Park' series at Empress Gardens, Pune. This series will comprise writing workshops for children and young adults in the midst of the city's parks and gardens.  The author of Leading Ladies says, “With Get Writing!! In The Park, I am hoping I can help these children in the process of learning, by hel...
Post by: Kabita Sonowal
  Sudha Menon’s Get Writing Workshop was held this Sunday, December 23, 2012 in the cosy environs of the Oak at Hyatt Regency, Pune. A score of people from different age groups and walks of life were present at the event. There were writing exercises, reading sessions, and discussions even as Menon doled out pointers and valuable tips to aid consistent, fruitful writing. Notebooks, pens, leaflets that had useful suggestions and a page documenting the best f...
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