E-197 - Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2019

E-197 - Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2019
Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2019


Thursday, January 24 2019 - Friday, January 25 2019

02.30 PM to 06.30 PM


Durbar Hall,

Diggi Palace,





NoViolet Bulawayo,

Tania James,

Tanwi Nandini Islam,

Hari Kunzru,

Moin Mir,

Sunil Amrith,

Stewart Gordon,

Ira Mukhoty 





AVID@ ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2019

Diggi House, Shivaji Marg, C-Scheme, Jaipur

Following The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2019’s exciting Mumbai Preview at the Royal Opera House, Mumbai, Avid Learning will present two panels as part of the main festival in Jaipur this coming January.

This year marks AVID and JLF’s sixth year of collaboration and we are proud to partner with this respected institution of the contemporary literary world, now in its 12th year and still growing exponentially in scale and repute. At Jaipur, Avid has supported and presented some of the leading voices from the world of art, literature and academia and this year we will present two interesting discussions around diasporic identities in New York Fiction and another on Indian Royalty and the Raj.

We hope to see you at the ‘Kumbh Mela of Literature’ this January!

The New New York Novel

NoViolet Bulawayo, Tania James and Tanwi Nandini Islam in conversation with Hari Kunzru 

New York, the place of the arrival of so many emigrants from so many different migrations is the ultimate City of Displacement. Here writers from wildly different and much-hyphenated backgrounds — Mohajir-Pakistani, Californian-Zimbabwe, Chicago-Mallu, North London-Kashmiri and Illinois-Bangladeshi — discuss how they found themselves at home in New York and made it the background to their fiction. 

Date: Thursday, 24th January 2019

Time: 2:30 PM 

Venue: Samvad, Diggi Palace, Jaipur


Indian Princes vs the Raj

Moin Mir, Sunil Amrith and Stewart Gordon in conversation with Ira Mukhoty 

Even at the height of the Raj, the British only directly controlled three-fifths of India. Two-fifths of South Asia’s vast landmass always remained under the control of its indigenous princely rulers, split up between nearly 600 Princely States. “God created the Maharajahs,” wrote Kipling, “so that mankind could have the spectacle of jewels and marble palaces.” Not all observers, however, were so enamoured with India’s princes. Indian nationalist leaders like Nehru and Gandhi regarded them as foolish and wasteful playboys, spineless quizzlings of the British and enemies of India’s freedom movement. Lord Curzon took an equally dim view and railed in his despatches home against ‘the category of half-Anglicised, half-denationalized, European women-hunting, pseudo-sporting and very often in the end spirit-drinking young native chiefs.’ But have the Maharajas been undervalued? A distinguished cast of historians discuss this with Ira Mukhoty.

Date: Friday, January 25th 2019

Time: 5:15 PM

Venue: Durbar Hall, Diggi Palace, Jaipur