Voices

WHAT THEY SAID…

 

I’ve been to so many literary festivals, from Shanghai to Bogota, and this one is definitely the least dry, the most carnival-like. Where else would you go from Shakespeare to contemporary politics to V.S. Naipaul and then Sufi music—each in such a full-bodied way? The music definitely had a cleansing, clarifying quality after that clash of ideas, like a sorbet in the middle of a rich meal – Pico Iyer, Author

 

Simply the very best! The Zee Jaipur literature festival is special. The problem now is to manage its phenomenal success… (read more) – Alexander McCall Smith, Author

 

….For once, this actually delivered the message on the wrapper – it was indeed a festival, with festooned buildings, colourful drapes, performing artists, hundreds of people milling around and more than enough entertainment being offered simultaneously to keep the most jaded participant amused. Oh yes, and there were 160 authors too, ranging from… – Bruce Palling, The Spectator

 

For any self-respecting reader, the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival is the best that could have happened after the invention of the Guternberg press! – Business Standard

 

The Greatest Literary Show on Earth – Tina Brown, The Daily Beast

 

…It was an overwhelming embarrassment of riches… (read more) – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

 

Whether you are a socialite, corporate worker, wannabe writer, home maker or a student – for five glorious days you can immerse yourself in the colourful, informal atmosphere of the festival, meet your favourite authors and indulge yourself – Sunday Times

 

A literary melting pot in India’s ‘pink city’ –AFP

 

It is like a buzzing, vibrant campus with people walking into lectures in colourful tents, sitting around in the open-air cafe, chatting and sipping hot, spiced apple cider as celebrities come and go on the lawns of Diggi Palace, the country pile where the festival is held every year. And then enjoying a rollicking concert in the evenings when everyone lets down their hair, eats, drinks and makes merry – The Age (Australia)

 

Bright sunshine and a roster of 220 authors and performers, including a clutch of Nobel, Booker and Pulitzer prize winners, lured tens of thousands of book lovers to the grounds of the Diggi Palace a converted 19th century mansion where the event has been held since 2006. Billed as the world’s largest “free” literary festival, the Zee Jaipur event prides itself on its open door policy, eclectic mix of speakers and informal atmosphere which spurns VIP enclosures – Daily Mail (Sri Lanka)

 

In a word, uplifting. In a few more words, (and to quote one of the panelists on the subject of art), “… A release from the trivialities of quotidian life…” Where else would a middle class engineer living in Delhi get to rub shoulders with her heroes – the likes of Shoma Chaudhury and Tarun Tejpal? Listen with enraptured attention to a panel consisting of Dalrymple, Thubron, Pico Iyer – each of whom individually fills a shelf in my library. Discover brilliant authors and books – Michael Wood, Simon Schama, Sheldon Pollock. The event was aesthetically, intellectually, and humanitarially (is there such a word?) – illuminating! …… I am completely starstruck. Perhaps I will write about the sessions in greater detail some other time – right now I will just wallow in lovely memories – Anonymous

 

…The wonder of the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival was the way it reached for an international panorama, and remained grounded in the sandy soil it was set in. Like it or not, global literary flows are still largely determined by the critical avant garde in elite universities and big cities, and received back by Delhi and Lahore and Dhaka. But festivals like this break the loops somewhat, they are ongoing acts of cultural translation… – Amulya Gopalakrishnan, The Indian Express

 

Asia’s largest literary festival, which kicked off on Friday in a historic Indian city, is a testament to the growing global influence of Indian literature and its appeal to both publishers and authors – Reuters

 

India’s Zee Jaipur Literature Festival is one for the books. The Zee Jaipur Literature Festival, which wrapped up Tuesday, is Asia’s largest, an eclectic mix of big-name authors, Bollywood luminaries and lots of debate. This year’s attendees included Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk and Candace Bushnell, author of ‘Sex and the City – Los Angeles Times

 

Literature is bridging geographical, historical & cultural divides, as was evident in the voices from across continents that travelled to India recently at the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival – Tribune

 

The power of words: India’s biggest book party draws thousands of visitors… (read more) - The Economist

 

It was our first experience … and what an experience it was! …What I loved the most was the creative energy of the place and a brilliant combination of the the various arts …I think it was also great that the festival was free and open to the public … that allowed people from all walks of life to come together and enjoy the world of literature! – Sherebanu Frosh, Spectator

 

I have always believed that I chose to be in the field of literature for more than one reason – that of reading. Of course, the pleasure of reading is the foundation, but there is so much more. The Zee Jaipur Literature Festival confirmed my belief in so many ways… (read more) – Karishma Gaur

 

“The most fabulous literary love-fest on the planet” – Simon Schama

 

Of more international flavor, winter’s Zee Jaipur Literature Festival has grown into Asia’s most prestigious celebration of local and international writing, with gatherings held over five nights beneath rainbow-streamed tents – TIME