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  •  January 21, 2014

The only attraction is Prasoon Joshi ‘s positive personality and his positive attitude. Javed Akhtar who was to attend the annual Jaipur Literature Festival on Sunday gave it a miss. He was scheduled to participate in a session titled “Urdu Mein Hindustan” in conversation with popular Hindi poet Ashok Vajpayi. In his absence, the session was taken over by lyricist Prasoon Joshi and singer Vidya Shah.


 Journalist Barkha Dutt, who was slated to take part in a session titled “Dispensable Nation: Afghanistan after the US withdrawal” also did not attend on Sunday.

“I wish to write more films like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag in the future. There are so many personalities in real life on whom films can be based. I will definitely write scripts based on their lives in the near future,” said Prasoon Joshi. He also said that I would like to write on personalities who would give me the same kind of freedom that Milkha gave me. He gave me full liberty, he wasn’t conscious at all about how the film would come out.


 Prasoon Joshi also talks on women-oriented films. He said, “There have been some very good women-centric films made in Bollywood, but I still feel we aren’t doing enough. I guess we need to change the approach we have towards women characters and show some faith that such movies would do good at box office as well, like ‘Kahaani’ did.”

 “Cookbooks have never been considered a part of “literature” but now times have changed and so have the avatars of cookbooks,” says Masterchef Vikas Khanna. He launches a book ”Bliss of spice.”  he was also  in conversation with the ‘Shiva Triology’ fame author Amish Tripathi.

The loudest and perhaps also the most talked about session was the final one at the Front Lawns titled ‘Raj Aur Samaj: Democracy’ featuring columnist Kalyani Shankar, former bureaucrats Navin Chawla and Pavan Varma along with journalist Ravish Kumar. But it was the audience which got the momentum going by asking the panelists questions on politics, Aam Aadmi, NOTA and lot more. The crackling arguments on stage, the cheering crowd during the proceedings and the applauding panelists when issues like NOTA, high voting percentage and Aam Aadmi were being discussed – turned the session into an interesting one.


Swati Vashishtha, a journalist by profession and a photographer by passion, took up a daunting task of chronicling the history and the beauty of the Pink City. The results of her hard work are exhibited at the Char Bagh section “Jaipur Then and Now”. The Exhibition jointly organized by Maharaja Sawai Man Sing 2nd Museum, INTACH Jaipur Chapter and Rajasthan forum.

By Anshu Harsh, Owner & Publisher, Simply Jaipur

Special Thanks for photos to Somendra Harsh.

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