Jaipur Literature Festival Day 3 | What to expect today

Thomas Piketty is the star of the day


Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint
Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint

There are a lot of interesting people speaking on Saturday, and lots to discover. Make a plan for the day, and if you find that no amount of pushing or shoving is getting you to your destination in time for a particular session, just plonk yourself down wherever you find a seat. You may just find yourself surprisingly pleased with a session you never meant to attend.

10am (Charbagh): French economic historian Thomas Piketty, who wrote the groundbreaking book Capital in the Twenty-first Century, speaks of his theories on wealth and inequality with Sebastian Mallaby and Arvind Subramanian.

11.10am (Charbagh): India’s bestselling authors Ravi Subramanian, Anuja Chauhan and Ravinder Singh reveal the secrets of their success.

11.10am (Rajnigandha Silver Pearls front Lawns): Actor and comedian Stephen Fry, who recently published his memoirs, speaks of his beginnings in the worlds of theatre, film, TV and radio. If you miss this, never mind. He has another session later in the day at the Google Mughal Tent (3.45pm).

12.25pm (Charbagh): It’s a big panel and a panel of biggies: Margaret Atwood, Colm Toibin, Aleksandar Hemon, David Grossman, Sulaiman Addonia and Sunjeev Sahota, on the past, present and future of the novel.

2.30pm (Rajnigandha Silver Pearls Front Lawns): Surgeon and writer Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal, on the modern experience of aging and mortality, and where our ideas of death have gone wrong.

3.45pm (Charbagh): Colm Toibin, Armistead Maupin and translator R Raj Rao speak of sexuality and writing, and the ‘coming out’ novel.

5.15pm (Charbagh): Carnatic vocalist T.M. Krishna and photobook creator Dayanita Singh discuss the reductive understanding of cultures.

5.15pm (Rajnigandha Silver Pearls front Lawns): Thomas Pikkety speaks to journalist Mihir S. Sharma about his book.