The presence of children on the last two days of the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival 2013 illustrated something that Musharraf Ali Farooqi — who write the recent translated, internationally acclaimed Dastaan-e-Amir Hamza (The Adventures of Amir Hamza) — had mentioned during his session on January 27. “I have no worries about the dangers of books going out of fashion, as I’ve seen children are still fascinated by books and reading them. Maybe it’s the adult readers we should worry about,” he said. The author took seven years to translate 1,000 pages of stories. If Farooqi spoke about Akbar’s dyslexia and the sexuality present in the tales of Amir Hamza, American author Madeline Miller, author of the racy historical novel Song of Achilles spoke about the post-traumatic stress disorder faced by Greek soldiers returning from the Trojan War. Howard Jacobson, the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Finkler Question, talked about the actions of Israel in Jerusalem and the perceptions of Jews by the international media. He said that people seem to have this misconception that the Jews got their just desert 50-odd years ago for their current handling of the Palestine crisis. They speak of the Holocaust, as if it was a lesson in humanity for the Jews. His closing remarks were a fitting way to describe the perils that freedom of expression faces today, when he said that we are living in a world which is extremely
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