By Aseem Kulkarni

Republic Day Weekend happened and all people went on about was Obama coming to town, and fleeing Delhi for the Jaipur Literature Festival. Unfortunately many of us either didn’t have secret meetings with Namo and Obama, or we were busy working, or we simply just didn’t book tickets ahead of time for Jaipur. But hey, Jaipur isn’t the only place to experience some amazing Indian literary offerings. Here’s a list of literary festivals across India to mark on your calendar for the upcoming year.

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Lucknow Literary Festival | This festival, now in its 3rd year, is an effort to bring forth several languages including Hindi, Urdu, Awadhi & English onto a common platform. There’s even a Children’s Story Contest you can take part in.

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Appejay Kolkata | Get to Kolkata and celebrate books, music, art, film and more. Here you can converse with creative minds in the city that lives and breathes culture. Events take place at heritage sites all over the former capital.

This fest has already happened, but to find out more information and dates for next year, click here

Bangalore Literature Festival | Bangalore Lit Fest is India’s largest community funded independent literary event. Bangalore boasts some of the most pleasant weather in India, so why not check out this literary fest and everything the Garden City has to offer.

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Goa Arts and Literary Festival | Don’t think of Goa as just a beach and party getaway. The city boasts a great arts and lit fest. Coming to its sixth year, the festival promotes local and global literature, and for anyone interested in contemporary art, also hosts various international artists and exhibitions.

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Tata Literature Live: The Mumbai Lit Fest | We may have a bit of competition with Mumbai, but they put on a pretty great literary fest. The Tata Literature Live Festival will be in its 6th year this year. This past year they hosted over 100 authors and thousands of readers. Let’s see what they have in store for this year!

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Kochi International Book Festival | It’s not surprising that the state with the highest literacy rate has a lit fest. The Kochi International Book Festival is organised by the Antharashtra Pusthakotsava Samithy: a charity established to promote and encourage writing and literary activities in the State of Kerala.

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Delhi Literature Festival | That’s right, you don’t even have to leave the city to enjoy a literary festival. The Delhi Literature Festival’s mission is to celebrate the city, it’s rich culture, and the amazing authors, historians, and writers that reside here. The festival has taken place at familiar venues across the city, including the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.

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Hyderabad Literary Festival | The Hyderabad Literary Festival is organised by “Hyderabad Literary Trust” in association with the Government of Telangana and with the support of several academic, literary, cultural organizations and publishing houses. Each year this festival does a special feature on literature from a specific country, and a specific language. During the last festival they featured literature from Poland and Indian literature in Urdu.

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Chennai Literary Festival | The Chennai Literary Festival specifically focuses on youth and the importance of reading. And of course, there you can get a taste of the Tamil literary scene with this one.

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If you just want a quiet place to finish your novel, check out our list of book cafes in Delhi here