We got a sneak peak into Jaipur Lit Fest’s plans this year, and now we have all the reasons to visit, but here are our top five.

Margaret Atwood, Stephen Fry and Ruskin Bond

Poet and novelist Margaret Atwood, British polymath Stephen Fry, legendary photographer Steve McCurry and our favourite Ruskin Bond are going to grace Diggi Palace with their presence. The controversial Harvard historian, Niall Ferguson is also slated to talk at the festival. We can’t stop our intellectual hormones from going into overdrive.

The Session Themes

FeatureImage courtesy: Holly S. Warah

The festival this year will be concentrating on a bunch of international themes, the forefront of which will be the issue of Migration. We are ready to be blown away by the session on Saadat Hassan Manto and Partition, as well as the Chronicles of Exile. The tone will also be set by Navigating Modernity where the panel will discuss tradition and modernity at a crossroads. And most importantly, Privacy {sessions curated by Homi K. Bhabha} which will look seriously at data mining, where to draw the line, and the death of privacy.


IMG_0740The literature festival has always done justice to India’s heritage with its impressive line-up year after year, and this time is no different. Amongst the several cultural nights at JLF, this year they’ve already announced the Malian musician, Fatuomata Diawara.

Rajasthani Food

Baati_with_DalWe promise some amazing snacks. You can get your fill of Pushkari Chai, kachoris and samosas on the front lawns {same as every year}. And if not that, you always have the bazaar to wade through for some amazing pyaaz ke kachori, laal maas and dal baati. 

Diggi Palace

diggiLast but not the least, we urge you to go just for the location. Most of the charm, for us, has been the setting of the festival—it is here that we heard HH Dalai Lama speak, it is here that Oprah Winfrey inspired us. The Baithak, Mughal Tents and the Charbagh are all close to our hearts and we hope you make the visit this year, for old time’s sake and for the new memories.

When: 21 – 25 January

Where: Jaipur Literature Festival, Diggi House, Shivaji Marg, C-Scheme, Jaipur

Contact:  +91 9643302036, +91 9643302037, +91 9643302038, +91 9643302039

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Feature image courtesy: Indian Roots