20 Jan 2017
Palki Sharma

JLF Day 1: DeMo, Donald and Dravidian politics

It’s the post DeMo world. Diggi Palace is a ‘digi’ zone. I’m greeted by cashless counters. But the 'kullhad chai wala' wants cash. Exasperated, I look up. Cheap plastic flowers dangling from strings greet me back. Now I get it. I’m on the highway to digitisation on a rattling kitsch truck.
I follow the crowd and find myself... Read More
19 Jan 2017
Palki Sharma

Jaipur Literature Fest 2017

"Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood." 

I caught the bug and believe in infecting those around me. Tee hee! So here's the deal.

We'll be in Jaipur for one of the world's biggest literature festivals. There'll be authors and speakers, kulhad chai and chat, champagne and schmoozing, music and Manmohan Vaidya (yeah, the first whiff of controversy - RSS pracharaks at a lit fest.... Read More

16 Jan 2017

Cool Breeze: Lucknow Diary

Akhilesh Yadav has been trying to broker a truce with his father.

From Betaji to Netaji
The takeover of Akhilesh Yadav as the national president of the Samajwadi Party was not without its share of damage control. More so after the event. Because Akhilesh’s supporters... Read More
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