5 Not-To-Be Missed Writers At ZEE JLF 2018

Tis’ the season of the year when the greatest literary show on earth will step once again in the city of Jaipur and bring the best of the literature laureate under one roof. Jaipur Literature Festival also known as the “kumbh of literature” showcases a range of voices from India and abroad. A wide mélange of about 250 speakers from 35 different countries will talk and it will be difficult to choose which session you would like to attend. No worries, we, Jaipur Beat have compiled a list of speakers who will make it worth your while.

  1. Rupi Kaur

She is a poet, she is an artist and yes she is a performer. You must be wondering how one can be jack of all trades and yet manage to be the king rather queen of all. Gaining fame in such a short span of time Rupi Kaur the poet of the verses in “Milk and Honey” which by the way she self-published while studying at the University of Waterloo and she has become an international phenomenon since. A strong advocate of feminism, domestic violence, loss and healing, her talk will revolve around these topics and it will surely be an eye-opener for many.

When: 25th January

Where: Front Lawn

What time: 5:15p.m.-6:15p.m.

  1. Anuja Chauhan

With over seventeen years of experience in the field of advertising, Anuja Chauhan an advertiser turned author has mesmerized the world with her five best selling rom-com novels. Writing beautiful campaigns for colas, chocolates, and chips, three out of her five novels have been procured by Bollywood Studios and one was adopted into a daily soap on the ZEE Network. She will talk about her most recent piece of work “Baaz: India’s most fearless”, gear up for the most riveting session.

When: 29th January

Where: Baithak

What time: 2:30p.m.-3:30p.m.

  1. Era Tak

A prominent artist having her roots from the city of Jaipur, Era Tak has now taken a step forward in the field of literature. Already taken part in about 8 art exhibitions individually and in groups, this will be her first time in JLF. Short story collection Raat Paheli, novel Risk@Ishq and book of poetry titled Mere Priye, Anchua Khwaab are some of her prominent writings and she will be seen sharing her thoughts on poetry. You will surely love it.

When: 29th January

Where: Durbar Hall

What time: 4:15p.m.-5:15p.m.

  1. Sujatha Gidla

Born and dealt with untouchability throughout her life, Sujatha Gidla has tremendously grown and moved on from that phase of life. In her first book, Ants Among Elephants, she talks about her family and her life entangled between her caste and identity and won many hearts all over the world. She might as well win more hearts over and create a ripple effect with her thoughts at JLF.

When: 29th January

Where: Front Lawn

What time: 10a.m-11p.m.

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  1. Gurmehar Kaur

Gurmehar Kaur is that rare creature who cannot just be claimed to be a writer and an activist. She is brave and kind and curious about the nation’s happening, ready to stand by her thoughts, you name it she has it. She is a student activist, martyr’s daughter, online campaigner, peace protester and yet so much more. The author of Small Acts of Freedom, she narrates the story of three strong single women of her own family. Attend her session as she shares her experiences of life and beyond.

When: 26th January

Where: Front Lawn

What time: 12:30p.m.-1:30p.m.

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7 Truths You Must Know About Jaipur Literature Festival Before It Begins

Here’s the beginning of a new year and Jaipur is set to invite thousands of enthusiasts from all around the globe to tag along the lines of literature. It is the season of Jaipur Literature Festival!

The most awaited, five-day fest woos people from all walks of life to emerge in the most intellectual set up of the city. The air is charged with skills & ideas and colours exude the scene to merge in with the pink of Jaipur.

But let’s call a spade a spade here, not all the flock that gears up for the festival belongs to the house of literati. There are boatful of people who don’t even bother attending sessions and while we’re at it, not every speaker or writer has knowledge enough to claim to fame.

Here’s the truth about JLF:

1.     Rule of the jungle

If you’re not in a typical Kurta, with a not-so-necessary Jhola, a Bindi, which you probably stole from your mother’s collection or those tiring, heavy jhumkis, are you even into literature at all?

What’s more important than being on time for the session is being on point with your attire. Heavy ornaments, thick fake accents and fusion of traditional with contemporary fashion have become the code for JLF.

2.     A selfie sees no time and place

You will easily find people standing in the middle of the way while you’re getting late for the session, clicking selfies oblivious of all the “may I pass?” that come along during the extremely important photo shoot. There’s always a person who will stop anywhere for a perfect selfie.


3.     Save me a seat….oops! too late

It is impossible to find a seat for that one session you decided to attend the minute the schedule was out. Unless you come hours before and attend the sessions before it, just to save that seat, a nice place to sit is unattainable.

4.     Photographers & Bloggers’ paradise

JLF has so many genres that the presence of your favourite one is a definite. Be it fashion, food, decoration, people, art, music and obviously, literature, photographers bloggers will find endless topics to fill their blogs with the most trending stuff out there.

5.     Chance to spot your role model

JLF is a house full of eminent people. It has celebrities for its speakers and guests. There’s a chance that you could catch a glimpse of your role model but there’s also a possibility that that is all their bodyguards will let you see of him/her.

6.     Secretly, we all know it’s ridiculously overpriced

The stalls sell everything at such high prices that all you can do is window shop and pretend that you’ll buy it later. But when you’re starving, unfortunately, you’ll have to pay 250 for a 50 rupee Vada Pav.

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Even after all this, it is the excitement to be a part of the fest that makes everything justifiable. So, this razzle dazzle starts making sense and the wacky getup becomes a new trend and makes people fonder of the festival. It doesn’t matter then to indulge into literature with the likes of those who actually have the understanding of it but indulge equally into the extraordinary ambience that the place gushes.

10 Best Bollywood Comedy Movies You Must Binge Watch This Weekend

Bollywood is one of the biggest film industry in the world and comedy its main genre. Not that we need an excuse to binge-watch super awesome Bollywood comedies, in case you’re looking for one, here’s the perfect one-it’s Saturday.

We thought of making your  weekend a lot more fun. From downright brazen to charmingly silly-here are 10 of Bollywood’s Best Comedies you can totally rely on to keep you rolling on the floor laughing.

  1. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron

This cult classic is a satire on the dark side of politics, media and bureaucracy. Director Kundan Shah managed to keep the tone light while bringing up serious issues. The talented star cast of actors Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapur, Satish Shah, Satish Kaushik and Neena Gupta brought justice to their roles with brilliant performances. If you are an old soul and love a mix up of seriousness with humour, this movie is for you.



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2. Padosan

‘Padosan’ released in 1968 is the story of a simple village guy played by Sunil Dutt who falls in love with his neighbour Saira Banu. To woo her, he enlists the help of his musical-theatre friends. The film has some of the most famous comedians of its time – Kishore Kumar, Mehmood, Mukri, Raj Kishore and Keshto Mukherjee. This drama filled comic venture is sure to keep you occupied on a rather dull day.


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3. Hera Pheri

You might have seen the damsel in distress act over million times but a cool hunk in distress? Yes, Akshay Kumar brings the character live in this classic directed by Priyadarshan with clever jokes and quips. His character plays around with a rather serious and decent Shyam (Sunil Shetty) and a kind & hilarious garage owner (Paresh Rawal). From beginning to end, the movie is an out and out entertainer, full of comical incidents.


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4. Angoor

Deven Verma and Sanjeev Kumar were seen in dual roles in 1982 comedy ‘Angoor’, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s play ‘The Comedy of Errors’. The movie is a super hit comedy that revolves around mistaken identities. Power-packed performances and a confusing plot (but in a positive sense) make this movie a must watch. Every single role in the movie is so well crafted that it will leave you in splits.

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5. Gol Maal

This 1979 Hrishikesh Mukherjee directed masterpiece is in the golden books of Hindi cinema.  The young Amol Palekar gets a job with a petty boss who thinks a man’s moustache and his character are closely interrelated. To keep his boss happy, Amol gets a fake one but the real fun starts when he had to invent his twin after getting caught without a stache by his boss. The funky jingle ‘golmaal hai bhai sab golmaal hai’ wouldn’t let the smile fade from your face.


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6. Andaz Apna Apna

Andaz Apna Apna is a 1994  Hindi comedy film directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, starring Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Raveena Tandon, Karisma Kapoor and Paresh Rawal in the lead roles. The movie has emerged as a cult film over the years. From dialogues to characters, the film is iconic in more ways than one. The character of Teja is oh so famous among people of every age group. One word to describe the movie is ‘Hilarious’.

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7. Khichdi- The Movie

Khichdi: The Movie is a Hindi comedy film, directed by Aatish Kapadia. It stars Anang Desai, Supriya Pathak, Rajeev Mehta, Nimisha Vakharia and Jamnadas Majethia in the lead roles. It also features cameos from Farah Khan and Satish Shah. The movie is definitely far from the reality but will surely make you laugh every single minute while watching it. Over the top, silly and light-hearted drama is exactly what you need for a day full of laughter.

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8. Satte Pe Satta 

An action-comedy film released in 1982, ‘Satte Pe Satta’ is the story of seven brothers. Ravi (Amitabh) is the eldest of seven brothers. He falls in love with Indu (Hema Malini) and then begins the fun series of events of their journey from unkempt, ill-mannered brats to sophisticated, clean beings. The film has Amitabh in double roles and its great fun to watch the family banter. This classic never gets too old for the taste.

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9. 3 Idiots

This Raju Hirani directed film broke the record of the highest grossing film at the time. The plot involves a clever take on students and their parents’ mentality of ‘following the crowd’ – in this case, blindly choosing engineering as a career. The film stars Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, R Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Omi Vaidya and Boman Irani. The movie alongside humour and fun also conveys a strong message of following our real interests rather than doing something that is considered to be good by the society.


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10. Chupke Chupke

Released in 1975, this film is a must-watch for the fans of the comedy genre. The film stars Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore, Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan in lead roles. Dharmendra essays the role of Professor Parimal who becomes a driver Pyaremohan Ilahabadi as a part of playing practical jokes on his wife’s family. Chupke Chupke is a classic example of a film where you smile almost all the way through. The great act by Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra will leave you wanting for more.


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Now that you have the list and the reason, plug in and watch them all. Let’s laugh a little more this weekend. After all, a lot of laughter even everyday doesn’t hurt 😉

 

7 Events In Jaipur That You Should Not Miss

The first month of 2018 is on the verge of getting over and you can’t get over it? Attending events, parties, festivals and catching up with your long lost friends has kept you busy throughout. More interesting events are lined up for you to soak up in culture and festivities in Jaipur. We, Jaipur Beat have prepared the list for you and all you have to do is pick up your bags and get going.

  • Events at JKK

Jawahar Kala Kendra is a hub for artists where you can showcase your work and get inspiration from. It is always filled with artists and designers from all over the country. This month it’s hosting two major events-“Jaipur Kala Mahotsav”, where various artists from all walks of life will be presenting their piece of art and an exhibition on contemporary architecture entitled “When is Space” where a wide group of participants including artists, designers, philosophers, researchers will not only talk about the present concerns of architecture but also future possibilities.

Jaipur Kala Mahotsav- 17th-21st January

When is Space- 21st January- 31st March

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  • Ficci Flo exhibition by Mayori

Indulge yourself this January in an exclusive fashion exhibition by Mayori. Mayori is set to bring the world a little closer to the designs and printed clothing which will make you take away everything home. Soak yourself into breathable cotton and in-vogue prints and experience lifestyle like never before.

Date: 29th-30th January

Venue: Marriott Hotel

Time: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

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  • Times Food Guide Awards Night

The wait for the good food night that gourmands wait all year long is over ! The winner has been unveiled and now is the time to try everything on offer for dinner. Experience glamour, power and the art of gastronomy at none other than Times Food Guide Awards Night where the latest edition of Times Food Guide book will be released and you will get to explore the best restaurants in various categories in town.

Date: 19th January

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  • Stand-up comedy night with Biswa Kalyan Rath

Has it been a mundane day and you are in a lookout for some brand new entertainment? This is the right event for you where you can join the hilarious ride with the one and only Biswa Kalyan Rath. You will definitely go home laughing.

Date: 20th January

Venue: GD Badaya Memorial Auditorium

Time: 7:30 p.m. onwards

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The greatest literary show on earth is about to step in the joyous city of Jaipur with exciting musical evenings. Heritage musical events in the backdrop of iconic monuments of Jaipur, Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort will make the evenings more splendid. Moreover, you can experience the enchanting musical night at Clarks Amer where Kailash Kher and Shilpa Rao will be gracing this event with their presence.

Date: 25th-29th January

Time: 7:30 p.m. onwards

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  • Marriott Night Club Opening

A brand new night club is set to open to make the nightlife more happening in the city. Aenigma Night Club at Marriott is opening with DJ Aqeel. Saturday plans are sorted for you !

Date: 27th January

Venue: Marriott

Time: 9 p.m. onwards

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  • The Kindness Confetti

A one of its kind event in Jaipur, The Kindness Confetti by The Goodwill Tribe will spread kindness like confetti. Random act of kindness like hugging strangers, leaving happy note on cars, hand out flowers, holding a door for someone and just do whatever to bring a smile on people’s face. Join them for free and spread cheer in Jaipur.

Date: 21st January

Venue: The Good Times Cafe

Time: 4 p.m.- 6 p.m.

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Jaipur’s iconic monuments to host Heritage Evenings at Zee JLF!!

Zee Literature Festival in its 11th edition in association with Rajasthan Tourism is celebrating the pink city’s rich heritage, against the exquisite backdrop of its iconic monuments.

Zee Jaipur literature festival 2018 will host two grand events at Jaipur’s iconic Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal. Being held on the evenings of January 26th and 28th, these events will showcase spellbinding performances against the exquisite backdrop of monuments that celebrate the city’s rich cultural heritage.

Under the Stars @ Hawa Mahal– The Troth-Usne Kaha Tha, a multimedia dance theatre performance, presented by Akademi.Friday, 26th January, 7:30 pm

 

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A Majestic Evening @ Amber Fort– Sarangi maestro Ustad Kamal Sabri followed by Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi – A Tribute to Jagjit Singhby Shekhar Ravjiani. Sunday, 28th January, 7:30 pm

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So get ready for two glorious Heritage Evenings comprising enchanting music and cultural performances,
Entry to these Evenings are by invitation only!

Date- 26th & 27th January, 2018

 

 

From Scrap To Art, This Indo-French Artistic Collaboration Is The Best Thing To Look Forward To At Jaipur Literature Festival


It was the festive season again. They both knew they now would need to leave their beloved sack and get to the job. They began with the simplest things – digging the closets, cleaning drawers and finally reaching the basement to see if there was anything they don’t use any more. Midst browsing through the long forgotten things, they stumbled upon something and then some more. Things which were clearly outmoded & forgotten, they brushed off the dust and found the most expensive of them, the one they had never wanted to let go – The Lost Time.

In celebration of 11 years of JLF (Jaipur Literature Festival) and inspired by one of the most influential authors of the 20th century, the French novelist, critic, and essayist – Marcel Proust and his most prominent work ‘À la recherche du temps perdu’ – In Search of Lost Time, two self taught Jaipur artists – Ritu & Surya Singh in collaboration with a French artist – Nicolas Henry decided to create installations & experiences from scrap and discards by putting up an eccentric Indo – French collaboration – Theater of Stories at the Roots Hall near Poolside at Hotel Clarks Amer in Jaipur.

 

From left to right – Nicolas Henry, Timmie Kumar, Ritu Singh, Surya Singh

“‘The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes’, these silver words by Marcel Proust inspired us to rise over our own perspective and constitute a space that narrates the recollections & experiences of childhood of all those who belong to this generation”, said Jaipur based Ritu Singh while explaining to us the vision of her art extravaganza.

An assortment of archaic treasures like old clock-boxes, smell of dried flowers, the lost sheen of antique telephones, fading sound of wooden bangle boxes, scraps of memorandums, old televisions, doll houses  & photographs come together to create a dim-lit world of involuntary memories which happens to be a manifestation of thoughts that peeped inside the heads of these geniuses.




Once you step out of the nostalgia, you enter a whimsical world of Nicolas Henry – a French writer, photographer & artist who has taken his photographs from various parts of Morocco, India, Istanbul, Cambodia and dressed them with his stupendous style of Art Nouveau.


‘This art does not have a name. It is something which is mine and very close to my heart, it narrates my love for travel, varied cultures, different kinds of people and story telling. This, for me, is like meditation’
~ Nicolas Henry, The French Artist displaying his work at Theatre of Stories in Clarks Amer. 

In celebration of 11 years of JLF, the exhibition brings together a set of people who believe in characters, find inspiration from the plots and are driven by the narratives. The display has various segments from Supershaktimaan- which is a photographic series by Nicolas Henry who walks you through an adventurous fairy-tale narrative which has a hero, heroine & a villain. The hero sets on a venture to save the world which is full of colors, festivals, magnificent architecture, camels, elephants, urban & rural lives, old palaces, dizzy dips in step wells, exotic ruins and heaps of trash all created with things like cotton, papers, discarded fabrics which contains a lot of Rajasthan’s essence like the silver & golden borders of Gotapatti, remains of red bandhani, photographs of streets, Hawamahal and the like. The collaborative art of Surya, Ritu & Nicolas is an eerie melange of the elements of Symbolism, Primitivism, and Expressionism.

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The space hosts a number of pop-ups of brands from across the country, and each has in it a soupçon of reincarnation. Whether it’s the traditional block prints of Brigitte Singh, Ecru -a lifestyle store of Kuwait and a design house from Surat with their varied range or the unique sets of furniture by Baro, they all feel and smell of a waning art that is pleading to be saved.


The show is included under the umbrella of art@ZEEJLF.

P.S. The Exhibition continues till February 28, 2018

Time: 11.00 am to 5 pm daily (Sunday closed)
Venue: Roots Hall by the Poolside, Hotel Clarks Amer, Jaipur 

Supported by Art at ZEE JLF
You can visit from the 4th of January until the 28 of February.

 

 

Are You Ready For Jaypore’s Homecoming To Jaipur?

We were very excited to know that the label Jaypore, which is dedicated to reinventing age old crafts by travelling to different corners of the country and curating exclusive collections of finest crafts are coming to JaipurJaypore is celebrating its home coming in Jaipur from 17th-31st January by setting up Jaypore Open House at the world royal haven- Narain Niwas Palace. It will be a one of a kind experience to feel how highly curated designs from across the country feel in person.

 

Bringing the world a little closer together through unique designs from eminent artisans and craftsmen from all over India that give you the feel of your home no matter where you are in the world is what Jaypore is about. Jaypore leaves no stone unturned to bring an exclusive collection that represents India’s elite craft-based designs to your doorstep.

 

 

 

Not only local block prints and vintage silver designs will be here, but you can also see elaborate Kantha from West Bengal, hand-painted Madhubani from Bihar, tribal jewellery from Gujarat and South silk come alive in the city that is a melting pot of art and cultures.

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Experience a one-stop artisanal haul where premier collection of jewellery, clothing, accessories, footwear and home décor has fascinating stories to share and you will surely pick one of each on the way back home!

 

What – Jaypore Open House in Jaipur
When – 18th – 31st January | 11:00 am – 07:00 pm
Where – The Kanota, Narain Niwas Palace Hotel, Narain Singh Road, Kanota Bagh, Jaipur