The most fabulous literary love-fest on the planet.
The greatest literary show on Earth.
The Jaipur Literary Festival is part-circus, part-postgraduate seminar and part-revolutionary assembly.
Seeing school students, in uniform, on a Saturday, peppering esteemed journalists and politicians with erudite and wide-ranging questions was brilliant.
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 festival of festivals.
Like Hay dropping acid.
JLF…that increasingly riotous carnival with a brain.
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.