Jaipur Literature Festival : Books & Photographs

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For some weird reason, you’ll find hundreds of trucks with “Great India” on them. Wonder why they all have become so patriotic.

Its that time of the year again when I drove down to Jaipur to attend the Literature Festival. And because the road had been one major pain for me, I thought I should start with two pictures. Yes they look all fun and beautiful but the road is so terrible because every 200 meters you’ll find a diversion.

Welcome to the terrible road, looks great but its really really bad
Welcome to the terrible road, looks great but its really really bad

We managed to arrive in Jaipur (abusing and cursing the road and traffic) after about five hours to a friends place. I have to say that this is the best time to be in the city, its not too hot nor too cold and the light is just perfect to shoot most times of the day.

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And a introduction to the people who'll be in the post. Thats Marie & Antima.
And a introduction to the people who’ll be in the post. Thats Marie & Antima in the morning before we leave for the festival.

As per the numbers, this time there were 2 lakh people in the festival this time. But to the common visitor, the situation was much better than the last times 1.20 lakh people. There was place to sit, more places to eat and most important the crowds in lectures were much better managed. You could get in and listen to almost every writer without having to fight.

The main walkway for the festival
The main walkway for the festival

There was an exception, the book release by Rahul Dravid where people went crazy and the police shut the entrance of the hall (just for that event).

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If you sat in the back enough and looked pretty enough, you could pop on screen once in a while, thanks to him
Sanjoy K. Roy, the founder of Teamwork Films. His team is the core of the festival and its operation
Sanjoy K. Roy, the founder of Teamwork Films. His team is the core of the festival and its operation
This time we also saw a lot of college volunteers in the event giving away stuff or just running about to keep everything smooth
This time we also saw a lot of college volunteers in the event giving away stuff or just running about to keep everything smooth

As I don’t remember who was speaking, I’m sure that the first lecture was quite boring. So left that and wandered about the festival grounds which itself is quite fun.

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A stencil shop near the police counter in the festival

And I ended up in the Conselage Durbar Hall for the talk which I enjoyed the most! I don’t think its possible to describe how funny and brilliant it was but I have to say one of the best talks ever!

The Durbar hall, frankly which is the most beautiful hall you can ever hear a author speak in
The Durbar hall, frankly which is the most beautiful hall you can ever hear a author speak in.
Prepping the atmosphere
Prepping the atmosphere

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Found Music' [Readings]An English August: An Indian Story by Upamanyu Chatterjee, Calcutta: Two Years in the City by Amit Chaudhuri, introduced by Rupleena Bose
Found Music’ [Readings]
An English August: An Indian Story by Upamanyu Chatterjee, Calcutta: Two Years in the City by Amit Chaudhuri, introduced by Rupleena Bose
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Because there was no light by the end of the talk, Upamanyu Chatterjee autographed his book in white flashes of cellphones
Because there was no light by the end of the talk, Upamanyu Chatterjee autographed his book in white flashes of cellphones
With a silver ink pen!
With a silver ink pen!

I have to say that I did not even imagine how Upamanyu Chatterjee would be. After hearing him you only feel like reading his every book and he has a charm and simplicity which is indescribable in words. I would try posting the link to the video of his talk.

And a last few pictures from the day..

Someone with a Nikon F3. The chap was a smug jerk but the camera was nice.
Someone with a Nikon F3. The chap was a smug jerk but the camera was nice.
Happen to also come upon Javed Saab on the way out..
Happen to also come upon Javed Saab on the way out.. My best shot (come on, low light!)
Shall be back with another blog post!
Shall be back with another blog post!

There are a lot more pictures pending, shall be back in a day or two with a new post!

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6 thoughts on “Jaipur Literature Festival : Books & Photographs

  1. Nice. Wanted to go this year. But I guess I missed both this and the Kolkata Bookfair this year due to unfortunate work travel dates!

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