Watch: Discussions From Jaipur Literature Festival's New York Edition

Complete videos from the 2019 festival

Celebrating books, ideas, and dialogue, the Jaipur Literature Festival — described as "the greatest literary show on Earth" — returned to New York for another year of lively discussions. From food, memory, and culture to issues of caste and class, black holes and the cosmos, surviving cancer, the East India Company run amok, and much more, relive this year's edition of JLF, from the organizers of the Jaipur Literature Festival, through the complete recordings of the readings and panel discussions.

Watch below:

Food, Memory, and Culture

Panelists, including novelist Chandrahas Choudhury, academic and scholar of food studies Krishnendu Ray, and food critics Adam Platt and Ligaya Mishan discuss the complex relationship between food, memory, and narrative.


These Lands We Call Home

In a discussion moderated by the feminist activist Ruchira Gupta, the panel addresses the forces of nationalism, demographics, and the economics of human movement along with their personal interpretations and stories of the lands we call home.


Caste, Color, and Gender

How does race, caste and class status, gender, and national origin, among others, factor into the myths of progress and success? Margo Jefferson, Sharmila Sen, and Yashica Dutt each share stories of how these factors have shaped their lives thus far.


Mapping the Heavens

Yale astrophysics professor Priyamvada Natarajan is known for her work mapping dark matter, dark energy, and black holes. In this presentation, she speaks of the missing pieces of the puzzle in our understanding of black holes, and discusses her research with journalism professor Sree Sreenivasan.


The Healing

Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala survived ovarian cancer and wrote about the journey, along with her career milestones and lessons learned along the way, in Healed: How Cancer Gave Me a New Life. She discusses the book and the ups and downs of her life and career in a freewheeling conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy.


The Anarchy

In The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company, historian William Dalrymple tells a timely cautionary tale of the first global corporate power. At the book's U.S. launch, Dalrymple details how an entire subcontinent fell under the jurisdiction of a private enterprise, answerable only to its shareholders and administered from a boardroom thousands of miles away.