JLF 2014

Attending the Jaipur Literature Festival every year is a habit now. While I haven’t travelled Jaipur much, outside the confines of Diggi Palace and Tonk Road, here are some of the memorable photos from JLF 2014.

 

The Venue – Diggi Palace

Every year Diggi Palace invites you in with it’s rustic charm and there’s a lot of local art on display as well. The umbrellas as decor was brilliant. Of course, it provided no relief from the constant rain which made life a bit uncomfortable. Another lovely site were peacocks which ever so often were spotted perched upon the palace walls. I’ve never 5-6 peacocks together, it was just brilliant!

 

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The Opening Ceremony

It started with the usual prayers and Dhol performance by the usual suspects. It’s a great start to an early morning. The addresses by Namita Gokhale, William Darlymple and Sanjay Jha that followed were short and sweet (which a lot of people appreciated). Finally, what people were anxiously waiting for, Amartya Sen’s address enthralled everyone.

 

 

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Other Sessions

Sessions focusing on feminism by Gloria Steinem (one of the key themes of this year’s festival) was eye opening. Peter Godwin, Jonathan Franzen, Sir John Ralston Saul were other featured writers.

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