• JLF London at the British Library to run from 10th-12th June, 2022

     Teamwork Arts, producer of the annual Jaipur Literature Festival and the international editions of JLF, has announced today the dates for the ninth edition of JLF London at the British Library. The much loved festival will run from 10th - 12th June, 2022, at the British Library to celebrate books, creativity, dialogue, diversity and varied intellectual discourse. JLF London will encapsulate the spirit of the iconic festival, with its pervasive sense of inclusiveness and community, and come again to the heart of London with a caravan of writers and thinkers, poets, balladeers and raconteurs, bringing alive South Asia’s unique multilingual literary heritage at the British Library. The upcoming ninth edition of the JLF London will bring together some of the world's most renowned writers, thinkers, artists, and entertainers to engage in some of the most pressing issues of today that include - India@75; the Urgency of Borrowed Time (Climate Change); the 50th Anniversary of the 1971 War; Translation; Poetry; Art and Music; Business; History and many more. The Festival features a stellar line-up, including English radio and television presenter Anita Rani; British journalist and broadcaster and the author of several highly acclaimed books Anthony Sattin; award-winning travel writer and novelist Colin Thubron; Indian-born British writer, playwright, screenwriter Farrukh Dhondy; 2022 International Booker Prize winning author of Ret Samadhi/ Tomb of Sand, Geetanjali Shree; 2010 Booker Prize winning British novelist and journalist Howard Jacobson; member of the House of Lords Justice and Home Affairs Committee and Director of the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC; author of the novel Butterfly Fish, and short-story collections Speak Gigantular and Nudibranch and multiple awards Irenosen Okojie; one of India’s most experienced and acclaimed television professionals and journalists Karan Thapar. The list continues with Caribbean born author of mixed African and Indian parentage Kris Manjapra; Indian politician and a Member of parliament Mahua Moitra; award-winning, bestselling writer whose work has been translated into twenty-six languages Monica Ali; author, screenwriter and one of the most prominent UK voices on diversity and inclusion in the arts Nikesh Shukla; renowned historian and biographer Ramachandra Guha; celebrated Indian singer and musician Remo Fernandes; third-term Member of Parliament, bestselling author of twenty-three books, and former Under Secretary- General of the United Nations Shashi Tharoor; Indian journalist, historian, and the author of the bestselling Victoria & Abdul Shrabani Basu; British historian, television presenter and author of Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar, Monsters: History's Most Evil Men and Women, Jerusalem: The Biography Simon Sebag Mon

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     Having been in the UK for over fifty years I naturally had the opportunity and time to attend innumerable community meetings in places like India House, Nehru Centre etc. Lalubhai used to be present at many of the meetings in which I used to participate, gradually we became friends and I came to know him rather well. I found him unassuming, knowledgeable and very friendly. He was always calm and in a positive frame of mind whether talking about the past, present or future for that matter. Lalubhai was involved with and in charge of managing a number of community organisations including; the overseas friends of the BJP and the Federation of Gujarati Organisations. He was kind enough to invite me to some of their special meetings to attend and on occasion to address. I found his gentle, refined, humble and inclusive approach in relation to people very remarkable. He had spent many years in Tanzania before arriving in the UK and I recall that while talking about Julius Nyerere, the late President, he seemed to look back with delight upon his time there as well his interactions with President Nyerere in the course of his legal work. I found Lalubhai’s thoughts about his African experience immensely positive, refined and cultured.   I often felt that he felt proud of his Tanzanian experience and appreciated everything from the beautiful landscapes to the people


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