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.
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.
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.