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William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple speak at the festival

William Dalrymple

Tribhuvan Tiwari

Tribhuvan Tiwari

Tribhuvan Tiwari

Tribhuvan Tiwari

William Dalrymple

Author and English professor at Columbia University James Shapiro, left, talks with author William Dalrymple at the Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur. The organizers of the Indian literary festival called off a video conference with British author Salman Rushdie following protests by Muslim groups who considered his 1988 book "The Satanic Verses" blasphemous.

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Scottish writer William Dalrymple, who is one of the organisers of the Jaipur Literature Festival looks on during a press conference in Jaipur. The five day Jaipur Literature Festival which starts from Jan. 20, will host over 250 global and Indian authors but also bring together over 100 performing artists from across the world. The organisers were of recent caught up in a controversy over the visit of Salman Rushdie, author of 'The Satanic Verses' as one of the speakers, which was opposed by Darul Uloom Deoband.

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sandeep adhwaryu

We decided to change our boring caption with this one by Khushwant Singh: "I have been to dozens of book launches, but I have yet to see one on as grand a scale as this one,” said my daughter Mala Dayal as she came home from the launch of Fatima Bhutto’s Songs of Blood and Sword (Penguin Viking). She continued “There must have been nearly 1,000 guests; it was a packed house. On the stage sat William Dalrymple in white kurta-pyjama and the Bhutto girl. She is a stunner. She was very craftily dressed to please her Indian audience and also maintain her Pakistani identity. She was draped in a sari instead of salwar-kameez and wore a red bindi on her forehead. That warmed the hearts of her Indian audience. Her sari was green — the colour of Pakistan. She spoke in flawless English about her country.”

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