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Day 3: Diverse Literary Discourse at Jaipur Literature Festival

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Diverse Literary Offerings Unfold on Day Three of Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Series Jaipur Literature Festival

Opening with Musical Harmony

The third day of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Series Jaipur Literature Festival kicked off with a musical performance by Trio One World, a classical crossover project featuring Rohan Dasgupta on sitar and Pandit Udhai Mazumdar on tabla, presented by the Embassy of Switzerland.

Poetry Recognition

Arundhathi Subramaniam received the Kanhaiyalal Sethia Award 2024, an honor in collaboration with the Mahakavi Kanhaiyalal Sethia Foundation. The jury, including figures like Namita Gokhale and Sanjoy K. Roy, acknowledged Subramaniam’s contributions to poetry and literary excellence.


Mridula Garg, Kalpana Raina, Merve Emre and Navdeep Suri in conversation with Nilanjana S. Roy

Exploring Cosmic Frontiers

Morning sessions explored themes from humanity’s place in the universe to space exploration. The panel discussion The Pale Blue Dot: Cherishing Our Planet featured Mukesh Bansal, Amitabh Kant, and Neelkanth Mishra, emphasizing India’s role in space exploration and the importance of the private sector and youth involvement.

Profound Insights into Oppenheimer’s Legacy

In the session Oppenheimer: The American Prometheus, co-writer Kai Bird engaged in conversation with British journalist Jonathan Freedland. Bird praised the portrayal of J. Robert Oppenheimer’s life in the Academy award-nominated film inspired by his book, providing insights into Oppenheimer’s complex role in shaping the nuclear age.

Mythical Explorations

Anand Neelkanthan explored the plurality of Hindu texts in The Power of Myth. The session introduced Neelkanthan’s new release, Asura: Tale of the Vanquished.

Reflecting on ‘Paro: Dreams of Passion’

The session Paro Turns 40 celebrated Namita Gokhale’s novel Paro: Dreams of Passion, reflecting on its humorous take on sexuality and its enduring cult status.


Namita Gokhale, Pragya Tiwari, Eric Chopra and Hemali Sodhi in conversation

Journey into Ian Fleming’s Life

Nicholas Shakespeare discussed his book Ian Fleming: The Complete Man, offering insights into Fleming’s life, from his privileged upbringing to his influential role in naval intelligence.

Power Dynamics in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Booker Prize awardee Damon Galgut discussed his book The Promise, exploring power dynamics in post-apartheid South Africa.

Global Climate Crisis Discussion

A session on the global climate crisis featured Sumant Sinha, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of ReNew, emphasizing the significant shift in perceptions over the past 15 years.

Insights on Book Bans and Israel-Palestine Conflict

Other sessions included discussions on book bans and censorship (Banned, Burned and Censored) and an exploration of the Israel-Palestine conflict (The Palestine Laboratory).

As the festival continues, upcoming speakers include Sudha Murty, Patrick Radden Keefe, Shombi Sharp, Georgi Gospodinov, Shashi Tharoor, and US Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti.


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