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    Posted January 24, 2013 by
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    Today is officially the first day of India's grandest literary festival in Jaipur. Last year, the special guest was Oprah, and this time? the Dalai Lama.

     

    After an hour of waiting, the crowds cheered when the Dalai Lama finally climbed onto the stage. Softly, he spoke to the audience on various aspects of Buddhism, and the kinship of faith. He shared his views on India's contribution to the literary world, the influence of Nalanda University, and shared lighter anecdotes of his childhood. Even Pico Iyer, who moderated the talk, seemed in awe of being in the presence of His Holiness.

     

    The day saw talks with Elif Batuman, Pico Iyer, Christopher Ricks, Tim Supple, Zoe Heller, among many others. I will keep you posted on the festival over the week.

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