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Jaipur Lit Fest turns 7 today!

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Today, it turns seven and looks even more bright, colourful and intellectual with the previous year! We are talking about the seventh edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival, which begins today at Diggi Palace.

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Fashion.jpg 1Just before you make up your mind to visit it, please know that at the Jaipur Literature Festival, fashion walks the ramp of literature! What we mean is, one better be ready to encounter chic and crisply dressed up people all around. So while you are googling books, look up for some dressing-up-for-a-literary-occassion tips too 😉
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Inaugurated by Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva and the Keynote Address by Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, the literature festival has over 250 authors and 175 sessions to host. The theme of this festival has five days of debate and discussion, from fiction to biography, history to music, theatre and Bollywood to media, and social agendas, set across more than one venue in a very cultural yet liberating setting!

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If speakers like Indrajit Hazra, playwright and journalist Cyrus Mistry, Indian TV anchor and journalist Ravish Kumar, fashion designer and restauranteur Bina Ramani, boxer and winner of an Olympic bronze, Mary Kom and many, many more are flying into the Pink city from all over the world, one can safely say, there’s something for everyone! Exactly that’s why there are fans of literature and music flying in too from all over the country and the world, to be a part of the seventh edition of the JLF. So there are chances of you running into a lot of non-localites, maybe ex-classmates, or once upon a time co-workers, you know.

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Music at Jaipur Literature Festival could never take a back seat. Infact, it has a special venue reserved exclusively for the lovers of music. At Clarks Amer hotel, starting today from 19:30 hrs, the Music Line-Up would go on till January 20th; you can book the tickets online at kyazoonga.com!

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For the registration and program details, find the Zee JLF at http://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/

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Lohri and Sankranti Jaipur’s way

Do you know what one of the best things about our country is? That no matter where the festival originates, it just belongs to and spreads its joy across almost the entire nation J On this note we wish you all a very happy Lohri !! This festival originated in the state of Punjab to celebrate the harvest of Rabi crops, and went on to become a way to celebrate the fertility and joy of life.

Lohri is celebrated and enjoyed with a lot of dhoom dhaam in our lovely pink city as well. This festival offers a beautiful sight of people, friends and family dressed in bright colored attires, singing and dancing to the drum beats along with bonfire. The Punjabis in Jaipur living in Raja Park and Malviya Nagar areas especially started preparing for Lohri celebrations few days back and are all set for the energetic bonfire tonight !!

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Apart from just dancing and doing the all time favorite Bhangra dance, everyone throws sweets, puffed rice, peanuts and popcorn into the flames signifying letting go of all the worries and grudges while singing popular folksongs and exchange greetings.  Last but not the least comes that thing which is the life of every festival; Food 😀 Since it’s Punjabi, it has to be the mouth-watering and delicious winter traditional dinner of makki-di-roti (millet bread) te sarson-da-saag (cooked mustard herbs) !! For dessert or meetha, sesame seed or Til is an inseparable part of the Lohri celebrations. Eating Til in any form like Til ke laddoo is considered be auspicious both for the festival and for the taste buds 😉

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Kai Po Che !! 

The celebrations don’t end here!! As the fire of Lohri fades away, it gives way to another festival that is enjoyed with crazy fervor in Jaipur; Makar Sankranti, celebrated on 14th Jan every year. By the way did you guys know the meaning of Makar Sankranti? Makar means the zodiac sign Capricorn and Sankranti means transition of Sun from the Sagittarius zodiac sign to Capricorn, interesting right??

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While all the men gang up at the roof tops and start flying their kites as soon as the sun rises, most of the women are passionately cooking the delicious dishes for the day. Friends come together for the day and even strangers meet at the flying get-togethers and are seen having the time of their lives.

And just for your information, kite flying is not just a festival in Jaipur, it’s a war 😉

Once the competition sets in, hardly anyone is a stranger, and the fun and excitement is unbeatable! Kites are flied across the city, at terraces, community parks, pre-decided venues like the Chaughan stadium, Ram Niwas Garden, etc.

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Jaipur Tourism Development Corporation organises the International Kite Festival at a local stadium every year, where kite enthusiasts from all across the world show off their skills. A kite market is held, alongside which are food stalls, cultural performances and special kite displays at night, when illuminated kites – known as Tukals – are flown (14th January – 16 January 2014).

As and when the kites are being flown, comes an arena of amazing food i.e. dal ke pakode, peanut chikkis, jaggery (gur) and what not !!

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The entire pink city looks like its bathing in a riot of colors in the form of different kind of kites that brighten up the sky and the sound of ‘Woh kaata’ is musical to the ears and talks about what the lively pink city is all about !!