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Events you can’t afford to miss this July in Jaipur

The monsoon month, July is here and it’s all about that chapaak and shopping. And we are, so not planning to waste it by sitting at home. Pink City is a happening town and filled with people looking for something or the other to go to and have fun, so if you belong to the crazy lot and looking for a month full of fun activities then you sure can’t afford to miss these events in the upcoming month.

  1. Alfaaz Open Mic (5th July) Pint House Sky Bar & Kitchenette

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2. Dubfounded Album Launch Party Amarass nights at RRAP (5th July)

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3. Virsa at JKK (10th July -21th July)

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4. Kitab Lovers Mega Book Fair (11th July) Rajput Sabha Bhawan

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5. Parmish Verma (13th July) Club Zarza, Jaipur

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6. Bas kar Bassi (13th July) Levels Club, Jaipur

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7. Juniors Cyclothon (21st July) SMS, Jaipur

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8. Kunal Kamra Stand-up (26th July) Harishchand Totuka Bhawan, Jaipur

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Lifestyle Exhibitions

As we all know Jaipur is an exciting city with that cultural tadka added to it and ensures nothing is left out of it. So. If you too don’t want to be missed out of that tadka then mark the dates, to go to these super awesome lifestyle events in Pink City.

1. The Summer Shop (16th – 17th July) Hotel Radisson Jaipur City

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2. Dahleez Lifestyle Exhibition (2nd July – 3rd July) Fort, Durgapura, Jaipur

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3. Hidden Treasure (23rdJuly – 24thJuly) SMS Convention Center

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4. Aspiration Luxury Lifestyle Exhibition (12th – 13th July)  SMS Convention Center

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5. Shubham Rakhi Exhibition (19th – 20th July) Birla Auditorium

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6. The Cultured Wedding (26th – 27th July) Taj, Rambagh Palace

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7. Anantaya Big Deal (24th June – 7th July) Hotel Narain Niwas Palace

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Happy Moonson Y’all 🙂

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6 Essentials To Be Carried Along At Jaipur Literature Festival’ 2019

“You could be wherever you are, and still be at every other place in the world, all at once. That’s the magic of literature.”

The breeding ground for ideas and a splendid feast for bibliophiles is here again, and no Jaipurite has ever stopped obsessing over it!

Jaipur Literature Festival, our very own literature festival that has grown to be the most colossal one in the world is knocking at our door with its 12th Edition. Here’s your checklist of things to carry at JLF with you!

  1. Winter Trends

You’re definitely not going in summer outfits, so what could be a better occasion to show off that super trendy sweater, or a cap you bought this year? Or maybe those original merchandise hoodies, T-shirts of your favourite book series which has always felt too good to be worn? Now is the time!

 

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  1. Camera and Mobile Phone

Because JLF is the place where you are going to get some amazingly good pictures to grace your social media feed for some months! Also, if you’re a hardcore bookworm, you surely have some cute phone covers to boast around!

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  1. Notebook and a pen

With the legendary line-up of speakers at JLF 2019, we don’t even need to ask you to carry this because you know we know you know! 😉

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  1. That ever-so-hungry instinct

When you go to JLF, do carry that hungry, foodie side of your personality along with you because there surely are some amazing food options waiting for you to roll your tongue at!

 

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  1. The Map, Schedule and Registration Number

Who wants to be lost at the venue when you can totally get lost in books and discussions with the delegates! Do carry the map, schedule, and registration code for JLF 2019, so that you don’t miss the sessions you have long awaited.

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  1. The three B’s

Do carry a handbag, or a backpack, for you are going to need it when you see books around you!

Books! Because why not? You’re going to “The” Literature Festival of the year!

And don’t forget the latest trend of boots, they look super chic with almost anything western!

 

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What are you still waiting for? Start ticking off those essentials and buckle up!

What: ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2019

When: 24th- 28th January 2019

Where: The Diggi Palace, Jaipur

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The Literally Grand Experience Called Jaipur Literature Festival 2018

JLF start hone wala hai, have you registered ? One more time, one more year , same conversations, different speakers, varied faces, same unwavering energy – another edition of Jaipur Literature Festival, draws to a close.

What started on 25th January (Day 1) at Jaipur’s Hotel Diggi Palace, with loud drums, folk dancers dancing ecstatically, the new colorful decor theme of Rajasthan’s window with tassels and peacocks, and a warm welcome by the founders and organisers of the most gigantic literature festival in the world – Jaipur Literature Festival 2018 finished its 5 day stint today and it felt like a beautiful yet hectic winter break.

Let’s quickly rewind-

Day 1– Though the CM of Rajasthan, who was supposed to inaugurate the literary extravaganza, gave it a miss, the festival of words kept going with thousands of people in this mini university. The Canadian poet, artist, illustrator and performer of Punjabi descent, rupi kaur, managed to leave hundreds of people awestruck by her poetry during the session “milk and honey” at JLF.  It was rather a very proud moment to find out that we, the people at Jaipur Literature Festival had the fortune of catching her first ever live performance held in India. She also read excerpts from her book “the sun and her flowers” and touched the hearts of each and every member of the audience just using her words. She left with a promise of coming back to the Jaipur Literature Festival another year, and we are definitely looking forward to it.

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Day 2 of Zee JLF which fell on 26th January and was bound to get flooded by the crowd from not just Jaipur but all across the South Asia and beyond.

The king of imagination and valour of Indian cinema and music – Film Director Vishal Bhardwaj warmed a chilly morning with his intense insights on his films, Shakespeare, life and his father  in a session called ‘Revolutionary Poets: On Hamlet, Haider and Shakespeare’s Ability to Speak Truth to Power’. While he talked about the hidden philosophies in the most powerful & mysterious clips of his favourite film ‘Haider’, the highlight of the session was his rendition of Chod Aaye Hum Woh Galiyan as requested by a passionate fan in the crowd.


Before the session of Swachh Bharat was held, its impact could already be seen sheathing the festival from all sides. Starting from the murals across the road at the venue to the paper glasses sloganed with ‘Clean India Green India’, the effect of clean Jaipur campaign echoed in its benign power, without even its signature song alarming your ears.

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Another empowering & genuine session for the day was Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Manto : The Man and the Legend, where actor & director Nandita Das talked about her upcoming biopic on Saadat Hasan Manto – a writer celebrated for his stories on India’s partition, casting Nawazuddin as the protagonist.

However, it will be an understatement to say that on Republic Day at JLF, there was freedom to speech, food, fashion, conversations, but the only freedom that took a beating was the freedom to breathe. Given all the cleanliness and a well-organised event, the crowd was beyond control and post afternoon, there was no place to move and glide between any two halls.

Day 3 of the festival saw a refreshing woman’s world at JLF where not only Helen Fielding talked about her much famous Bridget Jones’ Diaries, but there were other sessions like ‘Girls are Coming Out of the Woods‘ and ‘The Politics & Poetics of Women’s Work In India’s Northeast‘ which made their voice strong and clear and were also received with plenty of questions.
Highlight of the day – The session called Lok Bhasha : The Oxford Dictionaries’ Hindi Word of the Year declared Oxford’s Hindi word of the year, and guess what it is ? The one which is easier said than done – both literally and figuratively – Aadhaar 😀

Day 4 being a Sunday looked slightly spacious & lovely during the morning hours when some of the leading economists, entrepreneurs and novelists came together to discuss the New Wealth Of Nations and talked about the impact and place that education now holds in the current wealth status & GDP of the nations, and what it means and lacks in developing countries like India.


Since literature festival is about knowledge, wisdom, books, cinema, music and all things beautiful, how can poetry be behind ?

In a literary celebration of lyric poetry moderated by Poonam Saxena, at Chalo Ek Baar Phir Se, film actor Vani Tripathi Tikoo & Indian poet & editor – Yatindra Mishra, went down the memory lanes to talk about the time when poetry aka shayari was an indispensable part of lyrics & music in Hindi cinema. Midst the impromptu humming of an old song lyrics like ‘Aap ki aankhon mein kuch’, the duo shared a light moment while remembering Lata Ji’s reaction to the words Aapki Badhmaashiyo ke yeh naye andaaz hai and how there was more poetry and less explicitness in the songs written during their era.

In some more interesting sessions like Words Are All We Have, the Indian writer Leila Slimani ,a Franco-Moroccan writer and journalist, talked about the image of a female writer in people’s minds and the difficulties faced by not just a writer but also a writer’s companions.

Day 5

The last and final innings of Jaipur Literature Festival 2018 had to be an exciting one. There was an aura of peace and closure seen on the faces of people as they had made the most of this festival in every way. Though people were as eager to have another cup of Diggipuri chai and Chulha ki roti with spicy aloo sabzi as they were to inhale some more wisdom before they could depart for another year.


Tripti Pandey – an author & the tourism and culture consultant in Jaipur talked about her latest book India’s Elephants: A Cultural Legacy, eponymous to the name of the session, and once again reinstated our belief in our culture & legacy.

Like it’s said, all is well that ends well, but when it comes to literature, cinema or poetry, the end is something which should be the most powerful and hard hitting. A similar event could be seen at the Closing Debate at JLF – #MeToo : Do Men Still Have It Too Easy which was indeed an intense debate with the topic being the most rhetoric form of a social upheaval existing in India right now. But a serious topic never demands a serious explanation, and this was proved by Bee Rowlatt & Sandip Roy while pouring their minds and hearts out, and we needn’t mention which side of the debate they were on 🙂

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What To SEE, EAT, SHOP In Jaipur During R-Day Weekend and Jaipur Lit Fest 2018

It’s not the Foucault’s Pendulum we are known for, we have the incredible Jantar -Mantar, the largest in the country. As you get knee deep into the Maha-Kumbh of Literature & music, there is a reason its setting could be none other than the beautiful Pink City. The capital of music, culture, literature and art, Jaipur is the home of ‘LekhakiKalakaari and the Kaarigari‘. The quiet & the solitude that this city can offer contrasts with the bursts of colors, its long winding bylanes of history, the languid green hills, placid water bodies, the intricately carved architecture, soulful rustic music and over 1000 temples,  it is aptly called the ‘Paris of the east’ and ‘Choti Kashi’ in the same breath.

You are now in the middle of this beauty as it’s a long weekend and the entire world is rushing to inhale the gyaan, literature, music at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival in the city. To avoid the confusions and dilemma, here are some quick hacks for you while you eat, shop, drink, & breathe in the pink city 🙂


SEE: Meet the city in person.

The picture perfect postcards of Hawa Mahal, Amer fort, the old city, and the gorgeous Jal Mahal have described Jaipur for ages. We bring you some of the lesser known yet exquisite places to see in Jaipur.

Ghat ki Ghuni Complex: Sisodia Rani Bagh+Vidhyadhar Ka Bagh
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It is located 8 kilometers from Jaipur on the Agra road. Laid out in Mughal style, it is painted with the legends of Radha and Krishna. The garden is multi-tiered and has fountains, watercourses, and painted pavilions. Vidhyadhar Ka Bagh, the Architect of Jaipur is also abutting this complex.
Galtaji: 
img1Galtaji is an ancient pilgrimage center in Jaipur. Set amidst low hills and packed with locals and tourists alike, the attractive spot has temples, pavilions, and holy Kunds.
Panna Mian Ka Kund:
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Built in the 16th century, this 8 story Kund or Step well was used actively by the community around as a source of water, it was also the place of community gathering where people would come to chat, relax or swim in the cool waters.
 Nahargarh Baoli:
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This stunning organic steps of this ‘Baoli’ are mesmerizing, to say the least. It is located inside Nahargarh fort where the song  ‘Masti Ki Pathshala’ from the movie ‘Rang De Basanti ‘was shot.
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The Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is considered to be the largest of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur. It contains fourteen geometric devices, designed to measure time, track celestial bodies and observe the orbits of the planets around the sun.
Maharaniyon Ki Chattri
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This is a tomb/ Chhatri for the women belonging to Jaipur’s royal family and is located on the way to Amber fort. This crematorium has several exquisitely carved cenotaphs built to commemorate them. The magnificent beauty and the historical significance of Maharani ki Chhatri makes it one of the most visited tourist attractions in Jaipur.
Isar Lat :
7Ishwar Lat, also known as Swarg Suli is a 60 feet high grand minaret in Jaipur. Also called ‘Swarg Suli‘ or ‘heaven piercing minaret’, this tower near Tripolia Gate was built by Raja Ishwari Singh in 1749 A.D to commemorate a grand victory against his brother Madho Singh in the Bagru war. Ishwar Lat offers a breath-taking view of Jaipur.
Jawahar Kala Kendra:

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Built by one of the most famous Indian Architects of India, Charles Correa, it is an art & cultural center based on the 9 square ‘Vastu Purusha Mandala’ that Jaipur’s walled city plan is based on. Do try the Daal-Baati at their ‘Padharo Sa‘ restaurant.

City palace:
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The City Palace is a splendid example of the foresight that Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II had. As the founder of Jaipur, he took pains to create a magnificent walled city that encloses marvels such as the City Palace. The palace is a beautiful blend of Mughal and Rajput styles of architecture.
 Govind dev Ji temple.
IMG_1825.jpgThe Krishna temple is a rare spireless temple and houses the idol of Govind Devji that Sawai Jai Singh brought from Vrindavan. It is built in the style of Diwan-e-Khas or the court of the ruler as Sawai Raja Jai believed Govind dev Ji to be the ruler of the city & he his instrument. It is based on ‘Bhakti style’of architecture with wide corridors all around.
EAT, what Jaipur eats – The historical notes in the ‘ruaab’ of Jaipur:

Laxmi Mishtan Bhandar, Johari BazaarFamous for its dahi bade, rasgulle, rasmalai, and especially paneer ghevar, LMB is ready to serve you with whatsoever is on your list !

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Mahaveer Rabri Bhandar, Chandpole:

Known for their Rabri, Mohanthaal, Bejar Ki roti and Aloo Pyaz ki Suzi.

Handi: (MI Road & Vaishali Nagar)

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One of the older award winning restaurants of Jaipur. Number one recommendation for Rajasthani non-vegetarian food. Try the Laal Maas, Junglee Maas or the famous Handi Maas from their menu.

Once upon a time: (Nahargarh Fort): 

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The most romantic and incredible view of the Jaipur City as you dine in an ambiance of bygone times.

The Forresta Kitchen & Bar, Bani Park

Located in Bani Park, The Forresta Kitchen & Bar boasts of a fresh green ambiance  along with a rich array of drinks and a scrumptious variety of cuisines. Try Keema Baati and Italian food for the best experience ever. 

Tapri (C- Scheme): 

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 It’s a ‘Chai shop’ with a difference.With all things Chai and delicious light snacks, it’s ideal for breakfast or evening tea.

Muslim Musafir Khana :

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It completely reminds one of Karim’s at Jama Masjid, Delhi in its ambiance. The food is delicious, affordable and unforgettable and the flavors are very different from Karim’s, Delhi.

 

Tattoo Cafe:

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A fairly new restaurant in town, it is located bang opposite Hawa Mahal and is a good choice for breakfast or a cup of coffee. The view of Hawa Mahal early morning as the sun lights up the beautiful monument is priceless and the bonus as the name suggests, get awesome tattoos here. Instagram Alert!

SHOP – City of the handcrafted, you said?

Anokhi Museum:

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At a mere ten-minute walk through the cobbled streets of Amber lies the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing. Located in a magnificently restored haveli (mansion), the museum displays a varied selection of block-printed textiles alongside images, tools and related objects – all chosen to provide an in-depth look into the complexity of this ancient tradition.

Mayori Clothing  (Bhawani Singh Road, C-Scheme)

With a fresh international take on Jaipur hand-block printing, Mayori clothing amalgamates the traditional printing techniques with modern silhouettes and creates beautiful garments with 100% cotton and a soothing palette of pastels. if you’re a cotton aficionado, explore trendy chic clothing at Mayori.

Blue Pottery, (Kripal Kumbh, Banipark)

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One of the oldest and the most well-known Blue Pottery studios, it was started by Late Shri Kirpal Singh Shekhawat known as the founder of Blue pottery. they are known for their incomparable quality.

Chameliwala Silver Market, MI Road.

20161214_135445The silver market just abutting MI Road is a silver haven. You can pick up semi-precious stones, get them dressed and have them inlaid in silver.Apart from that there is meenakari work on Silver, traditional, contemporary and tribal silver jewelry is available in a huge variety.

Take Back some memories & a little something more

Rajasthali: A Rajasthan government-run emporium which also features works of Bangladeshi designer Bibi Russell. Apart from creative and unique items crafted by rural artisans,you will find exclusive designer collection for men and women.

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Jagmohan/ Chandrahas / Kesar Kasturi: the incredible royal liquors of Rajasthan.Infused with many spices and condiments, these come in the category of collectibles.

Jaipur Watch Company:  

jaipur-watch-company-2Custom made, Bespoke luxury Watches from Jaipur.

Trunk Company, Jaipur: Bespoke, handcrafted trunk furniture from Jaipur.

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Rajputana Custom Motorbikes:

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Rajputana: A labor of love, handcrafted bike restoration/ customization Mecca.

Now, the basics

Traveling to & from Jaipur:

Air: Jaipur International Airport connects Jaipur to all major cities in the country as well as major international destinations. The capital of India, New Delhi is merely 250 Km from Jaipur. If you cannot get a direct flight to Jaipur, get one to Delhi as there are multiple daily connections between the two cities. The easiest way is to go to makemytrip.com or yatra.com and book your flights.

Rail: Jaipur Junction is a well-connected station with trains from all across the country. The easiest way to travel from Delhi is by the Double Decker train or Rajdhani.To book your train tickets, click here

Road: There are many Public and private operators of Buses as well as taxis in the city. Rajasthan government run RSRTC is a very good option or try the private operators for traveling to and from the Jaipur.

Getting around Jaipur: It is mostly a square.

Taxis: Uber or Ola: There are plenty of Uber and Ola Cabs easily available for within the city travel through the phone apps. They are the safest, fastest and most reasonably priced mode of transport. For Intercity travel Hippocabs is providing an exclusive for the JLF. Rajputana cabs.  You also have an option of using Rajasthan government run taxis for within and outside city tours.

Rickshaws: E/Cycle /AutoThere are plenty of Rickshaws in the city be it e-rickshaws, cycle (shorter distances) or auto rickshaws. They easily navigate the city through the traffic be it the old or the new city. They are available 24 X 7 and outside most hotels and public places. Negotiate & settle the fare before taking the ride as they don’t use meters. Use google maps whenever in doubt.

Buses: Low Floor buses / Jaipur Safari / Pink Pepper. The comfortable seating, a wide network of bus stands & the low prices of the government run low floor buses make it an ideal companion to travel around the city. The city also offers interesting open air private tour buses to savor the beautiful scenic view the city provides. Click to book Jaipur safari for ‘Jaipur by the night’ tour or the day Safari tour. You can also ride the Pink Pepper buses which doubles up as a restaurant.

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Metro: If you are located anywhere between Mansarover or Chand pole, take the Metro to get to JLF. The nearest Metro stations to the Diggi Palace, the venue for JLF, are Sindhi Camp Station and Jaipur Railways station. From outside the metro stations, take Rickshaws or cabs as convenient.To check the route, fares, and stops, click here.

Take this slice of Jaipur back with you in these few days of the Jaipur Literature Festival. Who knows, once you fall in love with the city, the next time you return back here not in the audience but right up on the stage.

Till the next time, so long and thanks for all the love.

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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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5 Events In Jaipur To Look Forward To

Season is changing, and so is our mood. Winters are taking its first step towards our city and we are sure you are ready to welcome it with beautiful colours and warm hugs. Likewise the city is also ready to welcome winters with warm events. Are you ready to join us for fun frolic events in November?

  1. 1st Anniversary celebration

The beauty of nature is that it is always giving it to us and it is our turn to celebrate nature. Be a part of the Garden Exhibition where beautiful bonsais and organic pots will be showcased. The 2nd day of this exhibition is accompanied with storytelling session in the evening where you can experience some great stories being celebrated. The anniversary celebration ends with a live music performance by Dino Banjara’s fusion band. It is surely going to be a blast, don’t forget to mark your calendar.

Venue: O2- the plant café

Date: 17th-19th November

Time: 11a.m.-10p.m.

  1. Still Struggling by Amit Tandon

Bored of your mundane life and you are looking forward for something new and exciting to happen in the city? A hilarious laughter riot by Amit Tandon is coming to town to tickle your funny bone. Pulling out his pick up lines from tiniest of observations is his charm. With his brand new jokes, he will give Jaipurites its dose of clean and classy laughter.

Venue: Maharana Pratap Auditorium

Date: 29th November

Time: 7:30 p.m. onwards

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  1. My city my voice Jaipur chapter-2

We are all fond of stories since childhood. Difference being earlier our grannies narrated it to us but now people like you and anyone out there can share their stories to inspire the audience. Has it been long since you have attended one? My city my voice Jaipur is coming with its second edition to your own city and here is your chance to engage yourself in storytelling.

Venue: The Urban Bite Cafe

Date: 17th November

Time: 5p.m.-9p.m.

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  1. Bookaroo Literature Festival

Every child’s most loved Bookaroo Literature Festival is back with its second edition. The most celebrated children’s authors, illustrators, storytellers, poets and performers from all across the world will have interactive sessions and hands-on-activities with them. A fun frolic festival for your children is here; experience it with your kids.

Venue: Jawahar Kala Kendra

Date: 18th-19th November

Time: 11a.m.-4:30p.m.

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  1. Veritart Bijou Open Mic

A shout out to all the poets, artists and art enthusiasts, an open mic is happening right here. There is a simple deal, if you know the correct words, just register yourself for your talent now. You are not that kind of a person who writes, attend this event for the poetry that you love. So this is an overall package for all, just grab your bags and get going.

Venue: Café Quaint, JKK

Date: 19th November

Time: 4:30p.m.-7:30p.m.

poetry at jkk

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Ilay Cooper cycles into the heart of Rajasthan

What do you get when you cross Indiana Jones (the fictional Archeologist & explorer) with a soul of a poet? Our guess is you get ‘Ilay Cooper’, the legendary British photojournalist who went bicycling 2000 KMs across Rajasthan in search of ‘Shekhawati ‘Paintings. In Jaipur, to share his exciting story of how Rajasthan converted him from a career in Mining to becoming an author, art historian & Photographer, he has written many books on Shekhawati Paintings.

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In a light-hearted tête-à-tête organised at Jaipur Rugs which left Jaipur Beat completely mesmerized (sharing that common love for Rajasthan with Ilay) , he narrated many a escapades during his 15 year travel-travails & spoke about how during the process he encountered not just mythology in the paintings but also interesting events, interpretations, society, economy, perception and undeniable humor, almost reading them like newspapers columns dating back to the 17th century.

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On a serious note, he also emphasized, how preservation of this rich cultural heritage of the state vis- a-vis its crafts, buildings, and art forms in the right way is of utmost importance, otherwise, we may only read about it as history in times to come.

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He also mentioned how after documenting some 2260 buildings in Rajasthan, Ilay followed British army officers Lockett and Boileau’s 180-year-old trail ( They were in Shekhawati in 1831) recreating the past. Their mission was to inquire into and record the bandits affecting the local trade in 1831. This led to the founding of a ‘Shekhawati’ Brigade to suppress robbery and bring security to the local merchants. When peace and prosperity returned, the merchants commissioned fine buildings and, as a final touch, their walls were painted in this splendid art forrm. Both men are thus depicted in contemporary murals. An interesting anecdote of how a military mission finally led to an artistic one!

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One thing is for sure, this colorful state can surely bring everybody’s passion for life to the forefront.