Venki Ramakrishnan on research in India: "Antibiotic resistance has multiple problems especially in a country in India. Going from a compound to the antibiotic that is given to a person is a very lengthy process. Unfortunately there has been no new class of antibiotic in last several years. It costs a billion dollar to develop a drug or antibiotic. I feel these drugs should be developed by the government or NGOs. Competition is good for science but bad for scientists. The idea that we have to publish in a particular journal to get recognized should change. The investment in Indian science is .7 of the GDP which is nothing. India is tremendously under-investing in science."
Basically, big words from bigger authors have taken stage at the world's biggest literature festival. Or as someone who has never read a book would say, "It's going to be huuuuuge". We'll be bringing you the highlights and low points of the 'Kumbh of Literature' as and when they happen. Unfortunately for our readers, but perhaps luckily for the ladies of Jaipur, prolific socialites and occasional "writers" Chetan Bhagat and Suhel Seth will be MIA from the JLF this year, and unconfirmed reports suggest that visitors have been advised to bring their own lechers. Thankfully, media mavens like JLF Insider and yours truly are there to provide succour for suckers, of literature naturally.
Venki Ramakrishnan on winning a Nobel Prize: "After you win a Nobel People start asking you questions about saving the world believing that you have the answers. Chances are people who have won the Nobel also believe that they have all those answers. I call that syndrome post nobelitics. I want to stay immune to such a syndrome."
'Book Launch'- Unruly Waters - How Mountain Rivers and Monsoons Have Shaped South Asia’s History by Sunil S. Amrith… https://t.co/uv8GoNCKT7— ZEE Jaipur Lit Fest (@ZEEJLF) January 25, 2019
Witness three generations of a musical family on one stage! Come and celebrate the beauty of Indian classical music at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival. #ZEEJLF2019@my_rajasthan pic.twitter.com/8PoLNTQFcA— ZEE Jaipur Lit Fest (@ZEEJLF) January 25, 2019
When Jaipur Insider gets too much Vitamin D. We mean sunlight, of course.
Marcus Zuzak: My kids don’t call me Dad, they call me Pop.— JLF Insider (@JLFInsider) January 25, 2019
We’d like to call him Daddy tho 😉
Markus Zusak on writing: "Every book needs one little piece of luck. Writing to me is like climbing up a mountain with the promise of a sand pit on the top."
Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief, took the stage at Samvad in Diggi Palace to talk about 'Searching for Miracles'. People flocked to the venue with all the seats being taken, and there is no room to stand. Young Adult fiction fans lined up for selfies with the best-selling author.
Harsh Mander on Right to Know: "We are looking at governments not only holding back information but also transmitting false information. Speaking out the truth has always been unpopular in India but there has always been a space. We are rapidly closing those places. Trying to share and the right to know in this oppressive environment has become extremely dangerous especially with terms like Urban Naxals and 5 star NGOs doing the rounds"
Sounds of the Republic
The sitar duo Azeem Ahmed Alvi and Shakir Khan will be joined by Ustad Akram Khan and Hafeez Ahmed Khan to present a soulful rendition of the sitar. Be a part of a musical evening at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival. #ZEEJLF2019 pic.twitter.com/9J6Ba9OdtH— ZEE Jaipur Lit Fest (@ZEEJLF) January 25, 2019
Nasreen Munni Kabir begins today's first session with Gulzar on 'Jiya Jale: Stories Behind The Songs.' Another interesting session that is happening simultaneously at Charbagh is on Adi Shankaracharya, Hinduism's greatest thinker, in which Pavan K Varma is in conversation with Malashri Lal.
Here’s what the second day of the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’ has in store for you. Tune in to @ZEEJLF and catch all these exciting panel sessions and others live on Twitter! #ZEEJLF2019 pic.twitter.com/ufUuWQTfVl— ZEE Jaipur Lit Fest (@ZEEJLF) January 25, 2019
Time for some election talk
Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shashi Tharoor says the title of his book 'Paradoxical Prime Minister' is apt.
"Initially, Mr Modi was saying all the correct things. He was talking about sabka vikas, He was saying I will be a prime minister for all Indians, he was saying that constitution was my holy book and so on and on. So I said we not only have to welcome these statements but by welcoming them we are putting up a yardstick against which we will judge him in future. If I had criticized him even when he was saying the right things, it undermines our credibility to criticise him when he does a wrong thing," Tharoor said.
Six months after PM Modi came to power, Tharoor said he started writing his book 'Paradoxical Prime Minister'. "I was able to begin it with words, I told you so," he said.
"He says all these liberal things and makes all these pronouncements. But he rests for his own political importance for his electoral viability across the country on the most liberal elements in the Indian society," the Congress leader said. "Unfortunately, Mr Modi has spent the last four and a half year proving me right."
Meanwhile, the show must go on.
.@NamitaGokhale_ introduces the session on #FindingRadha with Alka Pande, Bulbul Sharma, @devduttmyth, @PavanK_Varma, Yudit Kornberg Greenberg and Malashri Lal! @ZEEJLF #KeepReadingWithPenguin #JLF2019 pic.twitter.com/nLLC4Qs48Q— Penguin India (@PenguinIndia) January 24, 2019
About time, no?
Germaine Greer, author of the bestseller 'The Female Eunuch', speaks about her latest book 'On Rape', and argues that we need to rethink the discourse around rape. She and @BeeRowlatt are in conversation at the @NexaExperience Front Lawn #ZEEJLF2019 pic.twitter.com/RQmCQf7ixT— ZEE Jaipur Lit Fest (@ZEEJLF) January 24, 2019
.@bibekdebroy in conversation with @PushpeshPant on The Puranas at #ZeeJLF2019 #HCIatZeeJLF. Arguably the most popular purana is the Bhagvad Purana. Many of the Puranas haven't been translated to English. My intent is to translate all 18 Puranas. pic.twitter.com/y4F5xnxLHv— HarperCollins India (@HarperCollinsIN) January 24, 2019
Nobel laureate and keynote speaker Venki Ramakrishnan: "Art, literature and science are all ways of capturing essential truths about the world, but science has some distinctive aspects encapsulated in the Royal Society’s motto is Nullius in verba, or “On nobody’s word.” In science, it does not matter who you are or where something is written, but an idea is accepted because it is testable by experiments that can be reproduced by anyone anywhere in the world with the required training and expertise. Today, science is more important than ever. We live in a world in which science and technology are ubiquitous. Decisions are constantly made by governments, corporations, educators and others that affect us in profound ways."
Germaine Greer while discussing sex and feminism with Bee Rowlatt.
“Why is the mic this shape?” - Germaine Greer— JLF Insider (@JLFInsider) January 24, 2019
An image from JLF 2016.
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