The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival

Audience at a British Library event

A two-day taster of 'the greatest literary show on Earth'

ZEE JLF at the British Library returns to London for its sixth consecutive year to celebrate books, creativity and dialogue, creative diversity and varied intellectual discourse.

The five-day ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, held annually in the Pink City of Jaipur, is a riot of colour, energy, ideas, and music against a backdrop of readings, dynamic discussions and debates.

A taste of the spirit of the festival, with its pervasive sense of inclusiveness and infectious camaraderie, will once again be at the heart of London as a caravan of writers and thinkers, poets, balladeers and raconteurs bring alive South Asia’s unique multilingual literary heritage at the British Library.

2019 speakers include Deepa Agarwal Jeffrey Archer, Shrabani Basu, Gyles Brandreth, William Dalrymple, Christopher de Hamel, Marcus du Sautoy, Namita Gokhale, Tristram Hunt, Pico Iyer Amin, Jaffer Helena Kennedy, Yasmin Khan, Manisha Koirala, Ken Livingstone, Vayu Naidu Shashi Tharoor, Ruth Padel, Monisha Rajesh, Venki Ramakrishnan, Alex von Tunzelmann, Marina Warner and many more.

Full weekend or single-day tickets are available.

Please note that access to sessions is strictly subject to venue capacity.


Please note the programme is subject to change

Friday 14 June

17.15 – 18.45   Durbar Theatre

ZEE JLF opening event: Of Cities and Empire

Following an opening address by ZEE JLF directors Namita Gokhale, William Dalrymple, and Sanjoy K. Roy, Chief Executive of the British Library Roly Keating and High Commissioner of India to the United Kingdom Ruchi Ghanashyam, author of Ten Cities That Made An Empire former Labour Party politician and Director of the V&A Tristram Hunt talks to Shashi Tharoor and historian Shrabani Basu.

This session is not included in Zee JLF weekend and day tickets. Limited tickets are available to purchase here.

Saturday 15 June

10.00 Registration opens

10.30-11.00  Piazza Pavilion

Morning Music; ‘Anando Gaan' - Songs of Joy by Rabindranath Tagore

With Reba Som

11.15 – 12.15 Durbar Theatre

Thereby Hangs a Tale

Jeffrey Archer in conversation with Gyles Brandreth

Jeffrey Archer has consistently topped bestseller lists around the world. His plots delight in twists of fate, reversals of fortune and complex conspiracies. In conversation with writer, broadcaster and former British MP Gyles Brandreth, he speaks about his extraordinary literary career, his life in politics and introduces his latest book Heads You Win, a timely work of fiction spanning two continents and 30 years, which follows the fortunes of Alexander Karpenko across Russia, America and the United Kingdom.

11.15 – 12.15  Mughal Courtyard

Tagore and the Bengal Renaissance

Bashabi Fraser and Reba Som in conversation with Somnath Batabyal

The magnificent flowering of the Bengal Renaissance of the late 19th century in many ways marked the transition from medieval to modern India. Rabindranath Tagore and other members of his family led the movement through many of its creative manifestations. Writer and historian Reba Som, a trained exponent of Rabindrasangeet, has written extensively on Tagore and other leading figures of the times. Academic, author and poet Bashabi Fraser is also a classical Indian dancer and choreographer. In conversation with academic Somnath Batabyal, they discuss Tagore, the Bengal Renaissance and the intersections of culture and history between India and Britain.

11.15 – 12.15  Piazza Pavilion

The Islamic Enlightenment: Faith and Reason

Christopher de Bellaigue in conversation with William Dalrymple

A revelatory and game-changing polemic that rewrites everything we thought we knew about the modern history of the Islamic world. Christopher de Bellaigue presents an absorbing account of the political and social reformations that transformed the lands of Islam in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Islamic Enlightenment is an astonishing and revelatory history of Middle Eastern history. Beginning his account in 1798, de Bellaigue demonstrates how Middle Eastern heartlands have long welcomed modern ideals and practices, including the adoption of modern medicine, the emergence of women from seclusion and the development of democracy. With trenchant political and historical insight, de Bellaigue further shows how the violence of an infinitesimally small minority is in fact the tragic blowback from these modernising processes. What makes The Islamic Enlightenment particularly germane is that non-Muslim pundits in the post-9/11 era have repeatedly called for Islam to subject itself to the transformations that the West has achieved since the Enlightenment―the absurd implication being that if Muslims do not stop reading the Qur’an and other holy books, they will never emerge from a benighted state of backwardness. The Islamic Enlightenment, with its revolutionary argument, completely refutes this view and reveals the folly of those demanding modernity from those whose lives are already drenched in it.

Presented by Aga Khan Foundation

12.30 – 13.30 Durbar Theatre

Gene Machine

Venki Ramakrishnan in conversation with Roger Highfield

Nobel Laureate Venki Ramakrishnan is a British-American structural biologist of Indian origin. His recent book, Gene Machine: The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome, is about the quest to understand the enormous ancient molecular machine, the ribosome, that decodes genetic information to build all life forms. But the book is also a frank description of what it was like for an outsider who found himself in a race to solve one of the most fundamental problems of biology. He will speak not only about the scientific voyage itself but also about the human side of science, including blunders, dead ends, changing careers, egos, competition and collaboration. The result is an insider look at how science actually works and what it felt like to be in the middle of it all. In conversation with author, science journalist/broadcaster and Science Director of the Science Museum Roger Highfield.

12:30 – 13.30 Piazza Pavilion

Eve Was Shamed: How Justice Fails Women

Avi Singh, Helena Kennedy and Sunita Toor in conversation with Bee Rowlatt

Helena Kennedy QC’s ground-breaking book Eve Was Shamed offers an impassioned, personal critique of the British legal system. “The smell of the gentlemen’s club permeates every crevice of the Inns of Court,” writes Kennedy. A session which focuses on the treatment of women in the legal system with Kennedy, academic and women’s rights activist Sunita Toor and international lawyer Avi Singh in conversation with writer Bee Rowlatt.

12:30 – 13.30 Mughal Courtyard

Words Are All We Have

Anjali Joseph, Lijia Zhang and Romesh Gunesekera in conversation with Catharine Morris

Three writers speak about ways of seeing and recording, and how they navigate words across countries and cultures. Romesh Gunesekera is the acclaimed Sri Lankan-born British author and finalist for the Man Booker Prize. Award-winning author Anjali Joseph has written three novels including her recent The Living. China-born writer and journalist Lijia Zhang has written memorable books that include China Remembers, Socialism Is Great! and Lotus. In conversation with editor and writer Catharine Morris.

13.45 – 14.45 Durbar Theatre

Forgotten Masterpieces of Indian Art for East India Company

Malini Roy, Yuthika Sharma, Katherine Butler Schofield and Rosie Llewellyn-Jones in conversation with William Dalrymple

Reflecting both the beauty of the natural world and the social reality of the time, the Indian artworks commissioned by the East India Company’s officials in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries offer a rare glimpse of the cultural fusion between British and Indian artistic styles. South Asian art expert and British Library curator Malini Roy, historian of South Asian art Yuthika Sharma, music historian and author Katherine Butler Schofield, historian on South Asian Art and British scholar and author Rosie Llewellyn Jones discuss this forgotten moment in Anglo-Indian history, with author and historian William Dalrymple.

13.45 – 14.45 Piazza Pavilion

The Begum

Deepa Agarwal, Namita Gokhale, Tahmina Aziz Ayub and Muneeza Shamsie in conversation with Maha Khan Philips

The Begum: A Portrait of Ra’ana Liaquat Ali Khan is a rare, unusual and riveting biography; a collaborative retelling across borders by Deepa Agarwal and Tahmina Aziz Ayub - of the life, times and legacy of Pakistan’s first First Lady. Deepa Agarwal and Tahmina Aziz Ayub join  Festival co-director Namita Gokhale, who has written a bridging introduction to the book, and author and critic Muneeza Shamsie, in conversation with writer Maha Khan Phillips, on an enigmatic figure who stood on the cusp of intertwined histories. 

13.45 – 14.45 Mughal Courtyard

Masala Shakespeare

Jonathan Gil Harris, Rachel Dwyer and Varsha Panjwani in conversation

Shakespeare’s Indian avatar has taken deep root in Bollywood and popular culture. Poet and lyricist Gulzar along with directors Sanjay Leela Bansali and Vishal Bharadwaj have all taken inspiration from the Bard. A lively panel explores the profound resonance between Shakespeare’s craft and Indian cinema and cultural forms. Jonathan Gil Harris, professor of English at Ashoka University, Rachel Dwyer, professor of Indian Culture and Cinema at SOAS, and academic Varsha Panjwani, lecturer in Shakespeare at NYU London in conversation.

15.00 – 16.00 Durbar Theatre

At Home in the World

Pico Iyer in conversation with Marie Brenner

“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves…” Pico Iyer, British-born essayist and novelist of Indian origin, leads a peripatetic life between a Benedictine hermitage in California, Nara in Japan and international airports around the world. We are honoured to launch his new book Autumn Light, a far-reaching exploration of Japanese history and culture and a moving meditation on impermanence, mortality and grief. In conversation with writer and journalist Marie Brenner, he speaks about his life, beliefs and writing.

Presented by Bagri Foundation

15.00 – 16.00 Piazza Pavilion

The Elephant and the Dragon

Vasuki Shastry Steve Tsang, Ellen Barry and Lijia Zhang in conversation with Salil Tripathi.

While the phenomenal economic rise of India and China is of key interest to economists around the world, the civilisational links between these two ancient cultures are equally fascinating. A session on how the ‘elephant’ and the ‘dragon’ negotiate their relationship with each other and how their growing influence is reshaping the world. Author and expert on Asian economies and public policy Vasuki Shastry, political scientist and historian Steve Tsang, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ellen Barry and factory worker-turned writer Lijia Zhang discuss the two Asian superpowers and their impact on the world as we know it with author Salil Tripathi.

Presented by Aga Khan Foundation

15.00 – 16.00 Mughal Courtyard

Mallika Victoria: Empress of India

Miles Taylor and Shrabani Basu in conversation with Vayu Naidu

In 1876, Benjamin Disraeli proclaimed Queen Victoria the ‘Empress of India’. Miles Taylor’s fascinating biography is an account of Victoria’s relationship with India, revealing the way in which her influence contributed to the country’s political and economic modernisation. Shrabani Basu’s Victoria and Abdul provides a rare glimpse into the intimate relationship between the Queen and one of her Indian attendants. In conversation with author Vayu Naidu, they discuss the British monarch and India’s colonial past.

16.15 – 17.15 Durbar Theatre

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts

Christopher de Hamel introduced by William Dalrymple

A session on why medieval manuscripts matter. Historian Christopher de Hamel invites us into intimate conversations with 12 of the most famous manuscripts in existence by exploring what they tell us about nearly a 1,000 years of medieval history, and sometimes about the modern world too. De Hamel, who worked for Sotheby's for 25 years followed by Cambridge University where he is a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, introduces us to kings, queens, saints, scribes, librarians, thieves, dealers, collectors and the international community of manuscript scholars, showing us how he and his fellows piece together evidence to reach unexpected conclusions. Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts conveys the fascination and excitement of encountering some of the greatest works of art which, in the originals, are to most people completely inaccessible. Introduced by William Dalrymple, de Hamel will give us a new perspective on history and the process by which we come by knowledge.

16.15 – 17.15 Piazza Pavilion

Enchanted States: The Vision of Fairy Tales

Marina Warner in conversation

Art writing at its most useful should share the dynamism, fluidity, and passions of the objects of its enquiry, argues Marina Warner in her new anthology Forms of Enchantment: Writing on Art and Artists. She captures the visual experience of the work of a diverse group of artists―with a notable focus on the inner lives of women―through an exploration of the range of stories and symbols to which they allude in their work. In conversation, the award-winning critic discusses her writing, artists and the social, political, and aesthetic contexts of art. Introduced by Catharine Morris, the award-winning critic discusses her writing, artists and the social, political and aesthetic contexts of art.

Presented by Bagri Foundation

16.15 – 17.15 Mughal Courtyard

Monsoon Ragas

Katherine Butler Schofield, introduced by Malini Roy

An evocative hour exploring rain-drenched worlds of poetry, songs, paintings, architecture, gardens, festivals and music Katherine Butler Schofield’s Monsoon Ragas examines the musical history of monsoon feelings in South Asia. In this session, music historian, author and academic Katherine Butler Schofield discusses this season of pouring rain and intense emotions and Mughal emperor Shah Alam’s love of monsoon ragas.

17.30 – 18.30 Durbar Theatre

Game Changers: Cricket Country:

Shashi Tharoor, Wajahat S. Khan, Romesh Gunesekera and Prashant Kidambi in conversation with Mukulika Banerjee

Cricket in South Asia has become a symbol of national identity and a surrogate battleground between competing nationalisms. Prashant Kidambi’s Cricket Country: An Indian Odyssey in the Age of Empire tells the story of the first all Indian cricket tour of Britain and Ireland and how the idea of India took shape on the cricket field. Indian politician and bestselling author Shashi Tharoor and acclaimed Sri Lankan author Romesh Gunesekera have written extensively on the sport. In conversation with writer and academic Mukulika Banerjee, they speak of how cricket has helped fashion the imagined communities of both empire and nation.

17.30 – 18.30 Piazza Pavilion

Amritsar and the Patient Assassin

Anita Anand and Kim A. Wagner in conversation with Navtej Sarna

Anita Anand’s The Patient Assassin tells the remarkable story of one Indian's twenty-year quest for revenge, taking him around the world in search of those he held responsible for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre of 1919, which cost the lives of hundreds. Kim A. Wagner’s Jallianwala Bagh: An Empire of Fear and the Making of the Amritsar Massacre is a dramatic telling of the event and its aftermath situating the massacre within the 'deep' context of British colonial mentality and the local dynamics of Indian nationalism. In conversation with Navtej Sarna, they discuss this seminal moment in the history of the Indo-British encounter, and its consequences for the Indian freedom struggle.

17.30 – 18.30 Mughal Courtyard

The Vanishing

Prerna Bindra, Ruth Padel and Raghu Chundawat in conversation with John Elliott

The bond between the human species and others in our planet has never been more fragile. Prerna Bindra’s The Vanishing speaks of the need to remind humans of their essential wildness and of the urgent necessity to understand, conserve and protect the wilderness that nurtures and sustains our world. Ruth Padel’s Tigers in Red Weather is a beautiful blend of natural history, travel literature and memoir as well as a searing, intimate portrait of an animal we have loved and feared almost to extinction. Raghu Chundawat is a renowned conservation biologist whose pioneering ten-year research on the Panna tigers was immortalised in the BBC documentary Tigers of the Emerald Forest and through his recent book, The Rise and Fall of the Emerald Tigers. In conversation with John Elliott, they speak of the precarious balance between mankind and nature along with the consequences that follow when this balance is disturbed.

Sunday 16 June

10.00  Registration opens

10.30 - 11.00 Piazza Pavilion

Morning Music: Anhad Nād - Sounds from the Sikhs and Sufis by Amit Kaur Lohia

11.15 – 12.15 Durbar Theatre

The Dance of Democracy

Navin Chawla and Mukulika Banerjee in conversation with John Elliott

India is the world’s largest democracy. It has faced daunting challenges, sustaining democratic institutions against all odds. Its vigorous political system remains credible and sound in its fundamentals with nearly 900 million citizens, young and old, exercising their constitutionally given freedom to choose in what remains a disciplined and peaceable process. A session that examines the results of the recent national elections as well as the strengths and fault lines in India’s democratic convictions with former Election Commission of India head Navin Chawla, writer and academic Mukulika Banerjee in conversation with journalist John Elliott.

Presented by Aga Khan Foundation

11.15 – 12.15 Piazza Pavilion

Guru Nanak: Traveller, Poet and Philosopher

Navtej Sarna in conversation with Amrit Kaur Lohia

Guru Nanak was born into a society caught in the throes of orthodoxy and ritualism. Nanak’s faith evolved into the universal message of love, equality and compassion, which appealed to Hindus and Muslims alike. Indian diplomat and writer Navtej Sarna’s The Book of Nanak traces the chronology of the main events of Nanak’s life. He discusses Guru Nanak and what it means to be a Sikh in the 21st Century. In conversation with in conversation with musician and historian Amrit Kaur Lohia.

11.15 – 12.15 Mughal Courtyard

Intersectionalities: Class, Caste, Race and the Mysteries of Desire

Angela Saini, Kenan Malik, Madhavi Menon and Meena Kandasamy in conversation with Somnath Batabyal

Variables of race and colour, class and gender confront and mock the very idea of social justice. Angela Saini’s latest book, Superior: The Return of Race Science, examines the persistent thread of belief in biological racial differences in the world of science. Lecturer and broadcaster Kenan Malik questions white identity, immigration and changing notions of class. Poet and writer Meena Kandasamy writes on myriad struggles for justice. Professor of English Madhavi Menon writes on desire and queer theory.  In conversation with writer and academic Somnath Batabyal, they talk about these intersectionalities and share their experiences and convictions.

12.30 – 13.30 Durbar Theatre


Shashi Tharoor in conversation with Pragya Tiwari

Writer, politician and public intellectual Shashi Tharoor has a predilection for long words and telling phrases. His unerring sense of humour lightens up the serious oeuvre of his work, which includes a powerful indictment of colonialism. In conversation with journalist and editor Pragya Tiwari, he speaks of the personal and the political, and the beliefs and ideas that have anchored him in his public life and literary career.

12.30 – 13.30 Piazza Pavilion

Writing London

Ben Judah in conversation with Marie Brenner

“Judah grabs hold of London and shakes out its secrets.” This is London by Ben Judah looks at the hidden immigrant life of the city. The acclaimed foreign correspondent immerses himself in the hidden world of the city’s immigrants to discover the complex and varied individuals who make London what it is today. In conversation with American author and writer-at-large Marie Brenner, they discuss the changing face of London, from the iconic skyline to the demographics and character of the city.

12.30 – 13.30 Mughal Courtyard

In Pursuit of Empire: Treasures from the Toor Collection of Sikh Art

Davinder Toor and Parmjit Singh in conversation with William Dalrymple

Two centuries ago, Punjab's Sikh ruling elite lavishly commissioned a sumptuous array of artwork which was, over the centuries, dispersed across the globe, often as official gifts, prized auction purchases and also as loot. Detailed in Davinder Toor’s In Pursuit of Empire: Treasures from the Toor Collection of Sikh Art is the story of this lasting legacy of the Sikh Empire. In conversation with writer and historian William Dalrymple, collector of Sikh art and writer Davinder Toor and independent historian and scholar of Sikh history Parmjit Singh discuss the Sikh kingdom and its art and culture.

13.45 – 14.45 Durbar Theatre

The City and the Nation State

Ken Livingstone, Rana Dasgupta and Mukulika Banerjee in conversation

Recent convulsions in national politics seem to follow a pattern around the world. Even as countries are overcome by atavistic nationalism, urban hubs and capital cities, such as London, remain centres of migration and ethnic diversity, while digital technology continues to create de-territorialised forms of allegiance and citizenship. Novelist Rana Dasgupta has written a documentary narrative on New Delhi. Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, is the author of, amongst others, the recently released Livingstone's London. Mukulika Banerjee is Director of the LSE South Asia Centre and the author of three books, including Why India Votes. Together, they discuss the paradoxes that exist between the city, the citizen, the nation state, and a global system in a state of meltdown and change.

13.45 – 14.45 Piazza Pavilion

Spring of Blood: Remembering Jallianwala Bagh

Navdeep Suri and Justin Rowlatt in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy, with a musical rendition by Harpreet

A century after the brutal massacre at Jallianwala Bagh, a session that searches the events and backstory of that fateful day of April 13, 1919, when General Dwyer opened fire on a peaceful crowd inside a community park in Amritsar. Aged 22, Nanak Singh joined the protestors agitating against the Rowlatt Act. As an aftermath of the trauma, Singh wrote the epic Punjabi poem Khooni Vaisakhi, a scathing critique of the British Raj, which was banned soon after its publication in May 1920. Singh’s grandson, diplomat Navdeep Suri, has translated the poem into English and Sir Sydney Rowlatt’s descendant, British journalist Justin Rowlatt, has contributed an essay to the book. In conversation with Teamwork Arts Managing Director Sanjoy K. Roy, they situate the massacre within the deep context of British colonial mentality and the dynamics of Indian nationalism, re-examining the bloody history of the Raj and the role the Amritsar massacre played as a turning point in India’s struggle for freedom. 

13.45 – 14.45  Mughal Courtyard

What Is Not Said: Celebrating the Short Story

Ashok Ferrey, Chris Power, Namita Gokhale and Navtej Sarna in conversation with Paul McVeigh

The brevity of short fiction, illuminating transformative moments in life, eliminating all that is unnecessary, takes it to the heart of the reader. A session that investigates and celebrates the form and function of the short story. Conversations and contextual readings featuring Ashok Ferrey, author of short story collection The Good Little Ceylonese Girl; Chris Power, author of the short story collection Mothers; Namita Gokhale, Indian writer and Festival co-director; and Navtej Sarna, Indian diplomat and author of the short story collection Winter Evenings. In conversation with director and co-founder of London Short Story Festival, Paul McVeigh.

15.00 – 16.00 Durbar Theatre

The Creativity Code: AI and the Arts

Marcus du Sautoy introduced by Angela Saini.

As Artificial Intelligence takes over human narratives, Marcus du Sautoy questions the shape of our future. In his new book The Creativity Code: How AI is Learning to Write, Paint and Think, he expounds on how algorithms work, the nature of creativity and how engineers are tracking our emotional responses to art. In a riveting session, introduced by professor and editor Roger Highfield, du Sautoy, the Charles Simonyi Professor for Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University, discusses intuition, the creative process and its correlation with mathematics.

15.00 – 16.00 Piazza Pavilion

Footloose: The Travel Session

Carlo Pizzati, Christina Lamb, Monisha Rajesh and Pico Iyer in conversation William Dalrymple

Travel writing is one of the most ancient forms of literature but does it have any relevance in the age of the internet, globalisation and Google Maps? Travel writers Carlo Pizzati, Christina Lamb, Monisha Rajesh and Pico Iyer discuss the genre with William Dalrymple and read from their work.

15.00 – 16.00 Mughal Courtyard

India, Empire and the First World War

Santanu Das and Shrabani Basu in conversation with Yasmin Khan

Santanu Das's India, Empire, and First World War Culture: Writings, Images, and Songs recovers the experience of combatants, non-combatants and civilians from undivided India trying to make sense of home and the world in times of war. Shrabani Basu’s For King and Another Country also views India’s First World War through the eyes of those who fought it. The historian Yasmin Khan, who specialises in 20th century Indian history, will be in conversation with academic and author Santanu Das and author and journalist Shrabani Basu

16.15 - 17.15 Durbar Theatre

From Hieroglyphs to Emojis

Irving Finkel, David Levy and Michael Erdman in conversation with Pragya Tiwari, introduced by Namita Gokhale

From carved stone inscriptions, medieval manuscripts and early printed works to beautiful calligraphy, iconic fonts and emojis, the written word has evolved in innumerable ways over the centuries. British Museum curator Irving Finkel, alongside technologist and calligrapher David Levy and scholar of Turkish historiography and one of the curators of the British Library’s exhibition Writing: Making Your Mark Michael Erdman deconstruct the act of writing and consider its future in the digital age, in conversation with journalist and editor Pragya Tiwari. Introduced by Namita Gokhale.

Presented by Bagri Foundation.

16.15 – 17.15 Piazza Pavilion

Islamic Arts: Multiple Histories, Multiple Expressions

Vivek Gupta, Zulfikar Hirji, Venetia Porter and Sussan Babaie in conversation with William Dalrymple

Muslims have always had complex artistic responses to their faith. While some elevated the arts to their greatest heights, others have regarded artistic expression as opposed to Islam’s doctrines and values. Art historian and curator Sussan Babaie, curator of Islamic Art at the British Museum Venetia Porter alongside historian and anthropologist of Islamic societies Zulfikar Hirji and Vivek Gupta, examine the varied historical and contemporary responses to the arts that Muslims have had and consider the plurality of ways in which Islamic ideas and concepts have been expressed. In conversation with author and historian William Dalrymple. 

Presented by The Institute of Ismaili Studies and Aga Khan Foundation

16.15 – 17.15 Mughal Courtyard

The Yoga Sutra

Ranju Roy and Dave Charlton in conversation with Tara Fraser

Understanding Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras is the key to understanding yoga itself and yet relatively few of today’s practitioners know how to apply these ancient Sanskrit aphorisms to contemporary life. Yoga Teachers Ranju Roy and David Charlton, both practitioners within the tradition of TKV Desikachar of Chennai, discuss some of the most important sutras in their new book Embodying the Yoga Sutra and show how each one illuminates a different aspect of the vast field of yoga, both on and off the mat. In conversation with Tara Fraser.

17.30 – 18.30 Durbar Theatre

Healing: Bollywood and Beyond:

Manisha Koirala and Nasreen Munni Kabir in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy

Bollywood actor Manisha Koirala shares the highs and lows of her life, her career, relationships and her battle with ovarian cancer. In conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy and Nasreen Munni Kabir, she speaks of the pressures of her film career, the life choices she was compelled to make and how she redefined her priorities and regained a sense of balance and well being. A frank no-holds-barred session about the emotional roller-coaster ride of Koirala’s life post-diagnosis, her learnings and inspirations, and the process of healing.

Presented by DESIblitz

17.30 – 18.30 Piazza Pavilion

The Billionaires: Looking at the Indian Elite

James Crabtree and Avi Singh in conversation with Mukulika Banerjee

Over the past two decades, India has grown at an unprecedented rate. While `King of Good Times' Vijay Mallya languishes in exile, other major `Bollygarchs' prosper at home despite a series of scandals. Issuing jewel-encrusted invitations to their children's weddings, these tycoons exert huge power in both business and politics. But India's explosive economic rise has driven inequality to new extremes. Millions remain trapped in slums and corruption is endemic. Reformers fight to wrest the nation from these dark forces, leaving its fate poised between that of a prosperous democratic giant and a saffron-tinged version of Russia. Which will it become? Author James Crabtree and lawyer and academic Avi Singh discuss this and more with writer and academic Mukulika Banerjee.

17.30 – 18.30 Mughal Courtyard

RA Award for Debut Writing: Empire of Sand:

Tasha Suri in conversation with Jaishree Misra, introduced by Gauri Keeling and Lekha Poddar

Presented by RA Foundation

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