It’s January and time for another edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival, the annual carnival of culture and literature that attracts hundreds of authors and more than two lakh visitors each year. Gargi Gupta tells you what to expect this year at the granddaddy of literary fests in India
Each year, Namita Gokhale, co-director of the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival (Zee JLF) and an eminent writer, coins a metaphor for the festival she and William Dalrymple started in 2006. In 2011, for instance, she described the four-day festival as literature’s ‘Woodstock moment’. The following year, she called it ‘sahitya ka Kumbh Mela‘, and the next, a ‘bargad ka ped‘ or banyan tree. And this year, the ninth edition of the festival, has been dubbed ‘Kathasaritsagar‘ or sea of stories.