As a child, I loved being surrounded by books. Unlike kids my age then, reading was a passion with me, that was genetically transferred from my grandfather to my dad and then me. To be a part of this elite fest is a dream and I hope it comes true.
The Jaipur Literature Festival is one of the most prominent festivals of India, ever since its inception in January 2006. This coveted Lit Fest is held every year in the capital city of Rajasthan, Jaipur. The stately premises of Diggi Palace are opened for this multi dimensional event annually. It is a 5 day event, where literary giants from all over the world come together under a single roof. The very essence of this event is to embrace freedom of expression and a difference in viewpoint. It is a melting pot of varied thoughts and ideas.
Apart from eminent authors and writers, an array of musicians, journalists, players and film personalities could be spotted doing "Chai pe Charcha". How would it be, to meet your icon and have a tete-a-tete. There are a series of events like book reading, debates, discussions and recitals. This esteemed festival also gives a prominent platform to young promising writers to showcase their work. It is a treat for lovers of art and culture to soak into and partake this Magical influx of ideas. This free for all festival has played host to eminent personalities in the past and continues to do so.
The list of speakers this year is a long and has heavy weights like Amish Trivedi, Anuja Chauan, Margret Atwood, Ruskin Bond, Stephan Fry, Javed Akhtar to name a few. As I was going through the list of speakers, my jaw literally fell on floor, in awe. A typical fan girl moment for me .....awwww.
This biggest Literature Fest in the world, is actually a celebration of art and culture, of hope and inspiration. In today's times, when there are arguments on "intolerance", the free and liberating atmosphere will surely be like a breath of fresh air.
The last years edition had a footfall of over 2 lakh literature enthusiasts, creating a record of sorts. Apart from the discussions, book launches and musical recitals, this Fest also boasts of a culinary and heritage expeditions. Stalls of varied cuisine are laid for the food lovers. A small trip to Amer Fort or Hawa Mahal could be carried out to focus on heritage and culture.
I wish to be a part of this great art and literature extravangza and enjoy a few moments of knowledge, enrichment and serenity.