The Jaipur Literary Carnival

There’s nothing in a literature festival more literarily stimulating than the carnival atmosphere. Plenty of words, wordplay, a couple of Nobel laureates but without the sense of magnitude and detail — crowds, durbars, tents, tented lawns, tainted halls and painted faces — how would the global zeitgeist be captured even by the convergence of so much literary genius on a historic locale for colour, continuity and mock controversy? Are these writers on holiday, or writers at work?

Needless to say, I had a brilliant time.

Desai in conversation

Supriya Nair has one of the best summaries of the festival here.

Mayank has the best pictures here one of which also features me 🙂

The videos of the sessions are here and here.
And the sessions which I enjoyed the most were ‘The Crisis of American Fiction‘ and Vikram Seth’s ‘The Suitable Book‘.


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