Curtains have been draped, decorations are all done, airport and railway platform is all rumpus, volunteers are chirping, and Diggi Palace is bustling with hoo-hah.
Yay! It’s that time of year and Jaipur is all set up to host thousands for the biggest literature festival of the planet – ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival.
JLF is a platform for all the literature enthusiasts, poets, writers, storytellers and appreciators to share their passion and love for literature. This year enmarks 10 successful years of this gigantic literature fiesta and thus it is grand than ever.
We bring to you snippets of all that you will experience at Diggi Palace in the biggest celebration of literature.
JLF @ 10 envisions India @ 70
Theme for this year is Freedom to Dream : India @ 70. The 5 day extravaganza will showcase many sessions on this theme. There are speakers from varied walk of life to treat the visitors with their words and experiences. The list of speakers include the first time Man Booker prize winner Paul Beatty; Bollywood stalwarts Rishi Kapoor and Javed Akhtar; renowned poets Anne Waldman and Ruth Padel; great historians Linda Colley, Barry Cunliffe and David Armitage and iconic economists Ha-Joon Chang and Nassim Taleb.
Colors of vibrant Rajasthan
Diggi palace and other venues of JLF are all drenched in artsy decor by famous artisans Subodh Gupta, Jagmohan Mathodia and Rohit Chawla.
Rajasthani touch is imbibed in the decorations by the way of block prints, vibrant drapes, intrinsic patterns and more.
A grand canopy is set at entrance of Diggi House using paper toys and artificial flowers representing number 1 and 0 for 10 years.
JLF Artisan Bazar
This year two special shopping areas have been set up instead of just one. This has been done in order to promote Rajasthani handicrafts and other items.
There will be various fun stalls like ‘mucchad series’ displaying handicrafts like cushions, paper weights, diaries, t-shirts with funky moustache decal and prints.
Also various artifical jewels, Rajasthani fabrics, et al will be laid out for sale.
For little coffee breaks and siesta
Back to back sessions and talk shows definitely call for some refreshments. Various famous eateries of the city will have their stalls at the premises of Diggi Palace to cater the visitors with hot and yummy delicacies.
Indulge in fuzzy warm brownie and pipping hot kulhad chai, Kota kachori and pushkari samosas, or cheese laden pastas and sandwiches.
Magna Carta for the first time in India
All the history lovers are in for a treat as the organizers of ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival presents Magna Carta for the very first time on India.
Dr. Claire, Magna Carta expert, will walk visitors through the journey of the democratic mouthpiece. So get ready to take a leap back to the age of kings and warriors, forts and royal palaces, evasions and wars, love and kindness.
So all you literature lovers out there, get ready to run around mughal tent, darbar hall and samvaad in-between session or to sit under mild winter sun sipping coffee with new and old friends alike or to stuff your bookshelves with more books from JLF’s bookstore or to take some tiny Rajasthani souvenirs for your showcases. JLF has a thing or two for everyone!