The second day of the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2017 began with the Morning Music performance by National award winner Swanand Kirkire and Ankur Tewari in the FRONT LAWN.
In the next session, Gulzar read few excerpts from his book, Suspected Poems. Translated in English by Pavan K. Verma, the book is a calibrated commentary on the current evolution of the poetry and the humorous comments on the state of the world. About the title book of the book, Gulzar say that his verses make different meaning to different readers and listeners and even to himself, raising suspicions about the true meaning of the writings.
Later in the FRONT LAWN, Rishi Kapoor launched his first book, Main Shayar Toh Nahin, with Rachel Dwyer. He dedicated the book to his father Raj Kapoor and grandfather Prithvi Raj Kapoor, about whom no book has been written so far in the First Person. In the book, he wrote about his survival in the fIlm industry as a romantic actor, in the era of action movies. He also talked about the immediate struggle and criticism he had to face, even after the success of the film Bobby.
In the next session at FRONT LAWN, the director and the producer of the magnum opus 'Bãhubali', S.S. Rajmouli and Prasad Devineni, along with Bhallaladeva Rana Daggubati and the author Anand Neelkantan revealed the cover of The Rise of Sivagami, the first book in the three book series 'Bãhubali – Before the Beginning' which is based on the prequel to the film. When asked by Sudha Sadanand about choosing Sivagami as the main protagonist for the book, Anand Neelkantan replied, “She is the one of the strongest character of the film. What could be a better choice than her? She portrays epitome of a mother. She is loving, caring and fierce all at the same time
In other sessions of the day, the 2004 Man Booker Prize winner Alan Hollinghurst discussed his work and life and Sanjaya Baru and Vinay Sitapati, the writers of the two recent political biographies of the ninth Prime Minister of India, P.V. Narasimha Rao, talked about his ideologies and principals of economic reforms.
In the last session of the day a panel of activists, economists and journalist consisting of Mihir S. Sharma, Surjit Bhalla and John Elliott discussed about the Indian economy, the shock tactics used to reform it and the after effects on undernourished, unskilled and illiterate.