• Mahindra Kabira Festival: 4th – 6th Nov. 2016
    And it’s over ! Too little too soon.. Varanasi and music and the maverick Saint Kabir ! The city is an anomalous churn of the ancient and the universal in a modern world at war with itself. I say this with careful  reflection keeping in mind the sensitivity of the holy city… For its citizens and the thousands that flock to its hallowed Ghats for appeasement and succor to the insecurities that plague  humanity down centuries and across genres. It’s a war  against the pollution that is a pall over the morning/evening sky shadowing  the holy Ganga revered as the Mother Goddess ! It’s a fight against the appalling  filth on every narrow alley  lined with sacred Shiv Lings and sundry alcoves housing gods and goddesses from the pantheon of Hindu Gods. And it’s a battle a...
  • The Expression of Words
    By Abhilasha Sharma, based on the Jaipur Literature Festival It was a Sunday morning and everyone was trying to make it to the next session which was with Mr. Javed Akhtar at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2016. Struggling through the crowd, I finally managed to find a spot to stand and listen to the entire session. Throughout the whole session, you got to have a peek at the insight of a great mind and how he can so easily put even the most complex emotions in to a simple thread of words. Then somewhere in middle of the session he says this – “Kyun dare zindagi mein kya hoga, kuch na hoga to tazurba hoga.” This instilled a different wave of emotion in my mind, it was like I had just found a whole new perspective to look at life. When you come to think of it, it is such a beautiful g...
  • Masala Chai and Magic Moments
    By Julie Al-Zoubi, based on the Jaipur Literature Festival Cinderella arrived at the ball in a golden carriage. I arrived at the Writers Ball in a rickety rickshaw but I felt privileged to be attending the ball which for me was one of the highlights of the Jaipur Literature Festival. I stumbled out of the rickshaw sporting a wild windswept hairdo and a pair of laddered tights. Fortunately all eyes were on the star of the show. With her elaborate makeup and sparkling jhool, an elephant was definitely the belle of the ball. Stepping out onto the lawn at Le Meridian was like walking into a fairytale. Thousands of sparkling gold tea lights glistened in the darkness. Elaborately laid tables were lit by theatrical candelabra reminding me of Lumiere from ‘Beauty and the Beast’. I half ex...