Considered heaven on earth for bibliophiles, the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival, now it’s in 13th year, has become a converging point for approximately 250 book lovers, authors and artistes from India and abroad. Each year, the five-day festival kicks off with a smorgasbord of events, where music, art and food come together to offer a wholesome experience set to the backdrop of the soothing climes of Jaipur in winter.
Hosted at Diggi Palace, this year too, the Zee Jaipur Lit Festival has a ton of things in store. Be it morning music sessions, a lively bazaar or engaging discussions and talks helmed by well-known faces from the world of literature, cinema, fashion and food. “As usual, everyone who turns up at Diggi Palace will inevitably complain about the difficult choices to be made between the stellar sessions—from the one on writer Vijaydan Detha and Timeless Tales from Marwar to Sanskrit as a living language; from Beethoven variations to mark the 250th anniversary of his birth to Sonali Bendre’s book club; from American writer and columnist Anand Giridhardas’ take on elites and plutocrats to Shobhaa De on urban life and author Makarand Sathe on Marathi theatre,” said festival director Namita Gokhale said. At the festival, she will be discussing her new book, a work of fiction called Jaipur Journals set against the backdrop of the Jaipur Lit Fest.
She added, “We are honoured to welcome Madhur Jaffrey back to India to tell us about her incredible life.” Jaffrey’s talk is part of a dedicated segment on tales about food and the memories food inspires in each of us. Apart from Jaffrey acclaimed author and chef Asma Khan will also be regaling audiences with her tales. Khan shared, “I feel very honoured to be invited to such a brilliant platform. I always wanted to attend Zee Jaipur Lit Festival, but never managed to despite the proximity to Jaipur from my parents’ home in Aligarh. I am hoping to attend as many sessions as possible. It is such a great opportunity to hear so many voices and meet well known authors, like Madhur Jaffrey, who by the way, is my food heroine because she introduced UK to Indian food and demystified it.”
Eat pray listen
Bestselling 2006 novel (and eponymous 2010 movie) Eat Pray Love’s author Elizabeth Gilbert will be in the Pink City for a one-on-one chat with founding director of Virago Press and the former editor-in-chief of Bloomsbury Publishing, Alexandra Pringle. Titled from Eat, Pray, Love to City of Girls, the discussion will entail award-winning author, Gilbert speaking about her journey as a writer with Pringle, who also happens to be a long-time friend.
Where: NEXA Front Lawn
When: January 23 | 11:15 am to 12:15 pm
The clubbing experience
Last year, Sonali Bendre created a stir when she launched her book club, Sonali’s Book Club, a space to interact with book lovers from across the world. At the Jaipur Lit Fest, Bendre will speak to Penguin Random House’s editorial director, Meru Gokhale recounting her tryst with books and what reading means to her. Bendre, who is also the author of The Modern Gurukul: My Experiments with Parenting.