Simon Singh: Seeing is not Believing
Jaipur Literary Festival 2015 / Scientists / The Hindu Businessline / TV People / Writers

Simon Singh: Seeing is not Believing

Simon Singh is immediately recognisable in a crowd — his dramatic haircut riffs on a Mohawk and his oval, gold-rimmed glasses glint in the light. One of Britain’s leading science communicators, Singh left Cambridge with a PhD in particle physics and followed that with a stint at CERN. He then joined the BBC as a … Continue reading

Bettany Hughes: Everyone say, ‘Philosophy!’
Academics / Historians / Jaipur Literary Festival 2015 / The Hindu Businessline / TV People

Bettany Hughes: Everyone say, ‘Philosophy!’

Bettany Hughes was once described as the ‘Nigella Lawson of History’. Ask her about it now, and she bursts out laughing. In that moment, the similarities between the two women could not be more obvious — vivacious, uninhibited and good looking, both exert a magnetic pull on TV viewers across the world. However, the focus … Continue reading

Sarah Waters: ‘What if the lovers were female?’
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Sarah Waters: ‘What if the lovers were female?’

How do you find lesbians in 19th-century London? For her first book Tipping the Velvet, three-time Man Booker Prize nominee Sarah Waters went looking for women cross-dressers in police and prison records. There was other evidence too: medical histories, love letters, records of women living together as long-term companions, all of which provided rich fodder. … Continue reading

Jaipur Literary Festival
Jaipur Literary Festival 2015 / The Hindu Businessline / Writers

Jaipur Literary Festival

\All week, the 2015 Zee Jaipur Literary Festival has been churning out headlines – from the announcement that Amish Tripathi’s much anticipated new book The Scion of Ikshavaku will be about Lord Ram, to the cordial meeting of the once bitterly-estranged writers Paul Theroux and VS Naipaul. The last drew some of the biggest crowds … Continue reading