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Mahasweta Devi

14 - 01 - 1926 | 28 - 07 - 2016

Was yesterday not full of a thousand possibilities? That was the life! What has changed since then? You feel weak, insipid, a dreadful, debilitating listlessness worse than malaria fever. It is far, far worse. You are alone. O to live again! Words. From I know not where. A writer in anguish? Perhaps. At my age the desire to live again is a mischievous one. Having arrived at a netting distance from trapping my 90th year — like catching ‘butterflies with nets of wonder’ as the song goes —I must confess this is wishful thinking. Besi...

“The Greatest Literary Show on Earth”

The Jaipur Literature Festival is the world’s largest FREE literary festival. From Nobel laureates to local language writers, Man Booker winners to debut novelists, every January the most remarkable, witty, sensitive and brilliant collection of authors from South Asia and across the world come together for five days of readings, debates and discussions at the beautiful Diggi Palace in the Rajasthani capital.   Equity and democracy run through the Festival’s veins, providing access for all to some of our greatest writers and thinkers along with a space to dare, dream and imagine; a powerful statement in a country where such opportunities remain the privilege of a few.

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कई सार्थक आवाज़ों का घर है जेएलएफ, वो शीशमहल है जहाँ सैंकड़ों आईने तेज़ी से इवॉल्व होते हुए समाज की परछाईयाँ दिखाते हैं।

Anu Singh Choudhary, Writer, Journalist & Documentary Filmmaker


The most fabulous literary love-fest on the planet.

Simon Schama, Author & Historian

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The greatest literary show on Earth.

Tina Brown, Journalist & Author

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The Jaipur Literary Festival is part-circus, part-postgraduate seminar and part-revolutionary assembly.

Lawrence Norfolk, Author

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Seeing school students, in uniform, on a Saturday, peppering esteemed journalists and politicians with erudite and wide-ranging questions was brilliant.

Meredith Curnow, Publisher

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It was a much younger, livelier and more euphoric crowd than literary festivals usually attract. It wanted to be provoked, was eager to laugh and fought to be heard: as the microphones went around for questions, eager hands snatched at them.

The Economist

The festival of festivals.


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Like Hay dropping acid.

Tony Wheeler, The New York Times

JLF…that increasingly riotous carnival with a brain.

India Today

It’s settled. The Jaipur Literature Festival is officially the Woodstock, Live 8 and Ibiza of world literature. The Frankfurt Book Fair and the Booker Prize Awards are like watching the Pope sleep compared to an ambience best described as James Joyce meets Monsoon Wedding.

Time Out



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