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