Jaipur Literature Fest 2019: The highlights

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It’s the 12th edition of ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival which took place from 24th of January to 28th January 2019. This five days programme is a complete feast of literary idea and idols sharing their stories on a global level with the art and book lovers. The Festival aims at serving a democratic platform with free and fair access.
Since a decade the festival is putting its effort to unite the diverse mix of the writers, thinkers, humanitarians, leaders, sports, politicians, business leaders and entertainers on a common platform where they can express and engage in thoughtful discussions with the real admirers of such fields.

Here are some of the highlights of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Fest 2019,

Misra’s Storywallah: India’s most loved storyteller and a former journalist at The Associated Press Neelesh Misra, talked about several things like his rural media platform, Gaon connection and the new app called Mic. The application will be a part of his open mic tour, travelling across 40 to 50 cities. The sessions will include open mic activities, live storytelling performances in order to identify the upcoming storytellers and writers to get them on board. Additionally, he discussed his latest book, Storywallah as well.

Prominent speakers: The list of speakers included classicist Mary Beard and authors Andre Aciman, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Ashwin Sanghi. The topics for panel discussions include The Frontline Club, with the panellists, American journalist Eliza Griswold, Jon Lee Anderson, Ramita Navai, Sam Kiley and Steve Coll.

Evolution of Human body: The festival included the science-oriented discussions for this as well. For instance, paleo-anthropologist Daniel E Lieberman discussed the evolution of the human body with Tony Joseph.

Science edition: Adding onto the science aimed conversations of the 12th edition, discussion for our future under the influence of Artificial Intelligence took place to examine the possibility of the choices humans can make to live a controlled life in a futuristic era. The speakers were, Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence from the University of New South Wales Toby Walsh with the former journalist and writer Meredith Broussard.

Ancient civilization: the introduction of the Rome city histories was given by Dan Jones. Also, the panel of popular authors discussed the adaptations in the session of Rajasthan Patrika.

Ramayana by Sita: ‘Forest Enchantments’ in which the epic Ramayana is narrated by Sita, written by Divakaruni who indulged in an interesting conversation with the author of ‘Call Me by Your Name’, Aciman, Irvine Wels. The panel also included the Sacred game’s fame Vikram Chandra and Martel over the critically acclaimed works.

Information empowerment: The ‘Right to knowledge’ is discussed by the RTI reformer Aruna Roy and Harsh Mander who is an activist along with Sreenivasan.

India Decides: The hot discussion which included an in-depth report on the challenges faced by the election commission to conduct the free and fair election in the largest democracy of the world shared by 16th Chief Election Commissioner Navin B. Chawla.

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