31 July, 2021

JLF Diary

JLF Diary
An Early Start

For the rest of the world, the Zee Jaipur Literature Fes­tival (JLF) began on a chilly January 23 morning, with rousing music and colourful dances. But for me, the quintessential JLF experience, filled with stimulating conversations and immersive experiences, started the previous evening. I moderated the opening session of Jaipur Book Mark (JBM), the festival’s B2B platform that brings together publishers, literary agents, translators and booksellers, among others. I was thrilled to have on the panel Asma Khan, one of the most famous Indian-origin chefs in London, Yann Tomkins, a virtual reality (VR) practitioner, Anu Singh Choudhury, acclaimed translator and Rohit Ved­prakash from Netflix. Khan, who runs the Darjeeling Express restaurant in Britain’s capital, was born in a conservative Muslim family in Aligarh. She moved to England in 1991 with her husband and craved the food of her childhood. An indulgent aunt in...

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