The second day of the Jaipur Literature Festival saw a rewarding focus on literature. The first session we attended saw Uday Prakash and Jason Grunebaum read in Hindi and English respectively from sections of the three stories included in The Walls of Delhi, shortlisted for the DSC South Asian Literary Prize. Moderated by Namita Gokhale, [...]
What is a literature festival for? The writers or for the literature? The first day of the festival was a mixed bag. It saw the Dalai Lama, in conversation with Pico Iyer, talk about the importance of honesty. The assumption behind his Holiness’s statement was that most unenlightened beings are not honest with themselves
La.Lit. A literary magazine exists to celebrate the beauty of writing, and it won’t be overstepping to note how lightly the word trips down from the palate in the manner of Nabokov’s most earthly, ethereal creation. There were a number of reasons why we settled on La.Lit, all related to notions of the good
Image: NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati
आफ्नो सानो, खिस्रीक्क परेको खेतमा उभिएकी सुन्दरी देवी । बर्दियाको एउटा राजमार्गको छेउमा सरकारले दिएको जमिन । भर्खरै जोतेर फर्काइएको खेतको माटो । मनसुन आधा बितिसक्यो तर आकाशमा चर्न छोडिएका जर्कटा भेंडाजस्ता
Image: R. Haviv
Thank God for the rains! If not for it, I couldn’t have been of any use to you. Thank God for the rains and the flood. The boatman who had rowed us over three kilometres of flooded land looked at our faces and at the fare we’d paid him.