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Jaipur Lit Fest releases fifth list of speakers for 10th edition

Jaipur Literature Festival today revealed the fifth list of 10 speakers set to appear at the 10th edition of the event next year.

Touted as the world’s largest free literary event, the festival is expected see participation by over 250 authors, thinkers, politicians and popular culture icons, with a special focus on world literatures.

Book review: Ramayana For Children by Arshia Sattar


Thirty decades after her translation of Valmiki’s Ramayan, Arshia Sattar retells this epic for children. The Ramayan obviously never gets old. This past weekend, when I took the sumptuously illustrated book of many rakshasas home, my eight-year-old’s eyes gleamed; it was then beyond argument who would have first dibs on it.

Sattar, according to the publisher’s description, remains true to Valmiki’s version of this variously interpreted text. It’s interesting then that Lakshmana is shown in a much better light in the story than his elder brother. Read more

Antara Dev Sen to chair DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

Noted writer, editor and literary critic Antara Dev Sen is set to chair the jury for the 2014 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.

Along with her the panel comprises Arshia Sattar, Indian translator, writer and teacher; Ameena Saiyid, Managing Director of Oxford University Press in Pakistan; Rosie Boycott, acclaimed British journalist and editor; and Paul Yamazaki, a veteran bookseller from the US.

“The panel brings with it varied experience and also represents the interests and creative principles of writing pertaining to the South Asian region — an objective that the DSC Prize is dedicated to,” according to a statement by the organisers.

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