The world’s largest free literary festival is back! Kicking off on 19th January this year’s Jaipur Literature Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever. Five days of books, poetry and music. Sounds like bookworm heaven.  But when there is so much to do, read and listen to (often at the same time!) how do you plan your schedule?

To help you make your must-attend-at-JLF lists, Juggernaut Editors, R. Sivapriya and Parth Phiroze Mehrotra weigh in on the sessions they don’t want to miss this year, and you shouldn’t either.


R. Sivapriya

The Roots of Yoga
Mark Singleton and Jim Mallinson in conversation with Sudha Gopalakrishnan
I’ve been waiting eagerly for this book ever since I stumbled on their kickstarter project in early 2015. I am delighted the editors and translators of this volume are actually going to be in conversation at Jaipur.
3:45 – 4:45 p.m. on the 19th of January, Mughal Tent

The Poetry of Amazement
Vikram Chandra in conversation with Tishani Doshi
Vikram Chandra on the achievements of the poets who worked within the ancient Indian tradition of chitra kavya—what’s not to like?
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. on the 20th of January, Mughal Tent

I am going to try and catch The Sellout and The Line of Beauty with Paul Beatty and Alan Hollinghurst respectively.

Unsurprisingly, the days I am not there seem to be bursting with interesting sessions: The Art of the Novel, Jack the Ripper, A Very Expensive Poison, Sandalwood and Carrion, One Thousand and One Nights and Conference of the Birds…


Parth Phiroze Mehrotra

The Legacy of the Left
Maidul Islam, Mridula Mukherjee, Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Timothy Garton Ash in conversation with Patrick French
100 years after the Russian Revolution of 1917, what is the significance and legacy of the global Left? Will the Left be able to reinvent itself and become a popular voice again? This panel will ironically be taking place on the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration as president of the United States.
3:45 – 4:45 p.m. on the 19th of January, Front Lawn

Of Saffron and the Sangha
Dattareya Hosabale and Manmohan Vaidya in conversation with Pragya Tiwari
Given how secretive and important an organization the RSS is — it is today perhaps the most powerful ‘NGO’ in India and could even be compared to the UPA’s National Advisory Council — it’s critically important to know what and how it thinks. Hear it from the horse’s mouth at  this session.
5:15 to 6:15 p.m. on the 20th of January, Cox & Kings Charbagh

Murder, Madness and the Oxford English Dictionary
Simon Winchester introduced by Jonathan Shainin
In ‘The Surgeon of Crowthorne’ Simon Winchester tells the fascinating story of one of the Oxford English Dictionary’s keenest volunteer-collaborators: a millionaire American civil war surgeon who was imprisoned in a lunatic asylum for murder! A book I’m looking forward to reading after the session.
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. on the 19th of January, Cox & Kings Charbagh


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