The first session of the Day 4 of the Tenth Jaipur Literature Festival began with a verse from 10th Mandal of Rigveda, "How many fires are there? How many suns? How many dawns? How many waters? I say this o father not as a challenge. I ask this for you to know", read by the acclaimed Indian mythologist and author Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik who explored the enigmatic web of ritual and myth that defines centuries old Vedas with Roberto Calasso, whom The Paris Review has called a ‘literary institution’.
In another session at the same time in Charbagh, Andrew Roberts in a conversation with Swapan Dasgupta revealed why Napoleon used to keep his hand in the waistcoat by telling that he was highly influenced by Julius Caeser and Alexander. But unlike them, he did not wear scabbard.
The day continued with fascinating sessions from writers including Bibek Debroy, Pushpesh Pant, Deepa Agarwal, Natasha Sharma, and Ashwin Sanghi.
Prasoon Joshi, the National Award winner poet, lyricist, screenwriter and advertising icon talked about his life and the enduring power of ideas, persuasion and perception in an inspirational session with Puneeta Roy.
The poet, lyricist, screenwriter and public intellectual, Javed Akhtar examined the heart of Bollywood cinema, its protagonists and how the iconic figures epitomize our present day morality.
In an enlightening cross-cultural exchange, Philip A. Lutgendorf, known for Hanuman's Tale: The Messages of a Divine Monkey and Shubha Vilas, the author of the bestselling book series Ramayana: The Game of Life, discuss the deeper aspects of the revered monkey god and the significance of his worship.
The day’s sessions were rounding off with Mallika Dua, the latest Internet sensation who stepped out of the screen to speak on her life as a full-time nautanki. Best known for her viral video 'Shit people Say in Sarojini Nagar', she has also known for her Instagram and Snapchat posts where she plays various characters like the famous MakeUpDidi. Currently, she can be seen on the the Bindass web series The Trip.