I'm off to the much talked about Jaipur Literature Festival this Friday and I'm really looking forward to it, since I had a fabulous time at the festival last year. This year there'll be speakers like Salman Rushdie (the man's caused quite a stir with the Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband), Amish Tripathi, Amy Chua, Fatima Bhuttu, Gulzar, Javed Akhtar, Prasson Joshi, Kunal Basu, Mark Tully, Oprah Winfrey and many more. I'll be missing day one of the festival but hope to enjoy the rest of the four days. The festival, which is more like a large carnival, is colourful, lively and is also known as the Kumbh Mela of the literary world, thanks to the crowds it draws.
The venue of the festival is the beautiful heritage hotel Diggi Palace and more than anything else I'm looking forward to taking a break and just sitting in the sun with a kullar of chai and eavesdrop if I can't get into any of the talks (the crowds are massive,you need to be there to know what I mean) and take plenty of photographs with my newly acquired DSLR camera (yay!)
The photograph you see above was taken at the festival last year in the Mughal Tent, it was the purple that caught my attention and I loved how they had decorated all the venues.
A short post for now, stick around here for more on the festival (including photographs) when I'm back!