Jaipur Shehar: Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), which lasted 10-days, started on February 19 and ended on Sunday, received an overwhelming response. The prestigious event was held online this year because of Covid-19.
“The festival was a success as there were over 300 speakers. It was different from the usual,” said an organizer. The organizers stated that the digital attendance of the festival was much greater than previous years’ footfall. The 14th edition of JLF was the first-ever online edition.
Some highlights of the Lit-fest:
- A session by Glasgow-born author Douglas Stuart, whose debut novel Shuggie Bain, winner of the Booker Prize in 2020, evokes the essence of addiction, parenting, courage and love.
- Famous linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian and political activist Noam Chomsky talked about his latest book, Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power.
- Covering the on-going pandemic, doctors and co-authors Randeep Guleria, Chandrakant Lahariya and Gagandeep Kang discussed their new project.
- Award-winning Irish writer Colm Toibin spoke about his writing process.
- Marina Wheeler, a Queen’s Counsel in England, discussed the India-Pakistan division.
- The book by author and historian Camilla Townsend, winner of the Cundill History Award, Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs, brought to light a complex and fascinating story of the Aztecs based entirely on direct translations of the annals written in the neglected Nahuatl language.