Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih: Funeral Nights took 12 years to complete

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How is it to participate in the Jaipur Literature Festival? What do you think is the value of literature festivals in our times, and for you as an author? Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih: I’m very excited to be part of the greatest literary show in India. I have been to JLF twice before and both times […]

Here are two books to read for women’s day

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If you are looking for books to read for women’s day, we have two recommendations. Neha Kirpal reviews Impetuous Women by Shikhandin and Women Who Misbehave by Sayantani Dasgupta, both released by Publish Viking to mark the occasion of Women’s Day, on March 8, 2021. On Women’s Day, March 8, 2021, Penguin Viking released two […]

AJ Thomas interview: I read recreationally now, not for education

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Prakruti Maniar interviewed A.J. Thomas, one of the most prolific literateurs of our time. His work with poetry, translation, and editing, spanning 40 years, is almost impossible to capture in a single interview. At the Jaipur Literature Festival 2022, we focused on his role as the editor of the Sahitya Akademi journal Indian Literature, which […]

“Kohinoor is just a stone. There are priceless murties I’m more worried about”

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Purple Pencil Project’s Amritesh Mukherjee spoke to S. Vijay Kumar, the author or The Idol Thief, which goes deep into the underbelly to unravel the “21st-century pillaging of India’s temples by a glittering cast of suave criminals”. Transcribed excerpts. The title of your book, The Idol Thief is very intriguing, very amusing even. Where did […]

Arunava Sinha: “Every untranslated book is a gap that needs to be filled”

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Arunava Sinha, winner of the Vani Foundation Distinguished Translator Award at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2022, spoke to us about being a translation practionery, juggling several roles, his favourite forms of entertainment, and much more. Excerpts from a transcribed interview. You have been working constantly at the heart of the book industry – 66 translations, […]

“I have two hobbies, reading and writing,” Mamta Kalia

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Mamta Kalia, who is one of the speakers at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2022, spoke to Prakruti Maniar about Hindi Literature, observing the trends and changes in Hindi Literature, and more. Transcribed and edited from an interview taken over Zoom. Prakruti Maniar to Mamta Kalia: The Jaipur Literature Festival is a fantastic opportunity for diverse […]

Archana Mirajkar: Marathi literature, the craft of writing, and more

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Archana Mirajkar is a communication specialist, author, and translator from Marathi to English. Her original play ‘Hello, Kon?’ was critically acclaimed. Her latest book, ‘All the way…Home’, written in English, is a science fiction. She was a speaker at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2022. Edited excerpts from a video interview: Prakruti Maniar: Thank you for […]

Aditi Maheshwari-Goyal: Great curation, not sponsorship, makes a great literature festival

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Prakruti Maniar speaks to Aditi Maheshwari-Goyal, who heads the Department of Copyrights and Translation at Vani Prakashan and is the Managing Trustee at Vani Foundation, about Hindi language publishing, being a part of Jaipur Literature Festival 2022, working through the pandemic, and much more. Excerpts: Prakruti Maniar: How excited are you for return of the […]