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The Things that happened in Jaipur in 2019 and we can never forget

The wonderful year 2019 is soon going to get over in a few days. But, before we all step into another eventful year, which will have its own bag of challenges and goodies, let’s have a quick look into the past and take on this ride to cherish so many changes that Jaipur went through in 2019. Hop on..

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    Jaipur is a smart city now with all the techno advances in traffic, residences and public places. But what keeps it among the top-notch cities to travel is its heritage character! In the year 2019, the Pink City received its much-deserved title of the “World Heritage Site! Yes, if you missed it let us let you, not just a few monuments but the entire Jaipur is UNESCO World Heritage Site!

 

2. Congress Government

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Although the swap of government is nothing new to us Jaipurites, this year with the commencement of Lok Sabha elections, the Congress candidate, Mr Ashok Gehlot became the Chief Minister of Jaipur.

 

3. All-women Gandhi Nagar Railway Station

Gandhi Nagar Railway Station

This became the moment of honour for all of us. In a step towards women empowerment, the Indian Railways have handed over the Gandhi Nagar railway station to an allwomen crew. And, Jaipur’s Gandhi Nagar became the country’s first allwomen railway station. Couldn’t be more proud!

 

4. Cleanest Railway Station

Cleanest Railway Station

Jaipur Municipal Corporation’s response to Swach Bharat Abhiyaan is not limited to residential, commercial areas or streets but the Railway Stations too took it seriously. To treat single-use plastic, bottle crushing machines have been planted at Jaipur Junction and Gandhinagar Jaipur stations and the staff on duty is always on their toes to keep the railway stations clean. As a result of the management’s hard work and travellers’ co-operation, Jaipur Junction has topped the tally among 720 stations covered all over the country.

 

5. Friendliest Cities in the World

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“Padharo Mhare Des”- we Jaipurites not only say this metaphor but figuratively, live it! With welcoming gestures and warm hospitality, Jaipur wins the hearts of travellers from across the globe. In an international survey, which took place early in the year, the ‘pink cityhas been ranked 35th in the list of 50 cities from all over the world, for being welcoming, “student-friendly”, and “popular on the tourist trail”. Hence, giving you more reasons to travel to Jaipur doubt free 🙂

 

6. Jaipur rated as most Instagrammed UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Our city is known for its old-world charm – usually referred to as ‘pink city’ owing to its iconic colour of buildings. In the year 2019, a new study from The Latin America Travel Company has analyzed that Jaipur is the most popular UNESCO Sites according to Instagram. We were not surprised. With a gamut of mesmerizing monuments, spellbinding palaces and intriguing streets, Jaipur would always be on the insta feeds of many!

 

7. City Palace opens Gudliya Suite for tourists

City Palace Gudliya Suite

For the first time, Jaipur’s City Palace- the abode of the Royals, opened the doors of its exclusive suite for the connoisseurs of luxury in 2019! The palatial one-bedroom, one-bathroom suite—located in one of the private sections of the 300 years old palace can now make your dream of living in a royal palace come true.

 

8. Dravyavati River Front

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Jaipur got its long lost artificial river, Dravyavati river that was inaugurated in October with three mega parks which gave Jaipurites a new hub for adventure and fitness activities. 2019 bought another feather in Jaipur’s cap when Dravyavati River Front was felicitated with the ‘Best Smart Wastewater Project Award’ at Smart City Empowering India Awards.

 

9. The wave of Clubbing Culture

Until last year, Jaipur did not have a very sound and vibrant nightlife like Berlin or Barcelona but the year 2019 gave us party hoppers all the good reasons to rejoice! With the entry of sensational nightlife check-ins like Playboy and Club Trove, Jaipurites have got more reasons to don their swanky clothes and hit the dance floor!

10. Forever 21

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The month of Love, “February” showered us with Los Angeles’ high street fashion through the launch of Forever 21 store at WTP! Although Jaipur is the Paris of India when it comes to shopping, but hey, Forever 21 is not just another brand, it is a statement. After the launch, we can think the colours of spring in Los Angeles California, think pastels, high waist trousers coupled with linen shirts and dresses with palm leaves printed on them.  Yayy!!

11. Nykaa

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Nykaa has definitely made our lives easier with amazing discounts on different cosmetic brands, at one place. And when Jaipur got its very own Nykaa outlet, the girls in here couldn’t resist being super excited. So, the year 2019 has been a landmark year for all the fashion and style enthusiasts when the girls can stop tapping their phones and get the real feel of shopping cosmetics from Nykaa!

 

12. Sephora

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Adding another destination to purchase premium make-up and skincare products, the revolutionary French make-up brand took the flight to Jaipur in 2019! Did you miss the launch when attractive Sephora dance troops, awe-struck the spectators with their amazing moves? The world’s largest and best beauty retailer’s flagship store was inaugurated by Rajsamand MP, Princess Diya Kumari at World Trade Park. Now in our own Pink City, we can now experience the magic of Sephora, which features make-up, skin-care, fragrances, bath and body categories, beauty accessories and hair care products and much more.

 

13. House of 64Facets

House of 64 Facets

To render an all-new definition to jewellery shopping, a premier jewellery boutique, ‘House of 64 Facetslaunched their flagship boutique in Jaipur, this year. All the modern women of Jaipur, who love to adorn themselves with light, delicate and feminine designer jewellery can now head to this diamond jewellery boutique because ‘64 Facets’ is a premier destination for versatile and delicate diamond jewellery in Jaipur.

 

14. Zomaland 

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November brought a food and fun bonanza for the Jaipurites with theexciting carnival called, ‘Zomaland’. Combining the best of food and entertainment, with unique food zones, sumptuous cuisines and a carnival-themed play zone, larger than life installations, fun-filled activities, was a great hit and left the Jaipurites raving.

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Why you shouldn’t miss out on Jaipur Literature Festival 2020

The Jaipur Literature Festival, famously known as ‘greatest literary show on Earth’, is all set to return for its thirteenth edition from 23rdto 27thJanuary 2020. The five-day literary extravaganza promises to bring together a line-up of exemplary speakers from India and across the world at the historic Diggi Palace.

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Jaipur Literature Festival is a sumptuous feast of ideas and the past decade has seen it transform into a global literary phenomenon having hosted nearly 2000 speakers and welcoming over a million book-lovers from across India and the globe. For five days, the Pink City is infused with enthusiasm, a riot of colour and infectious energy as literature and art-enthusiasts flock to Jaipur for the Festival. During the Festival days, there are endless places to see, and things to do, some of which include insightful sessions and an exciting and buzzing carnival encapsulating a bookstore, food stalls, a bazaar along with artists at work, and multiple parties hosted on the Festival’s fringes.

Here are some reasons why you would not want to miss out on the thirteenth edition of the festival.

Listen to some of the greatest minds of the world

Jaipur Literature Festival hosts some of the world’s best literary minds and brings them together for several panel discussions and interactions. Experts from diverse fields such as literature, economy, environment, food and science take the stage for stimulating and thought-provoking conversations. Eminent speakers such as recipient of the 2010 Man Booker Prize Howard Jacobson, Pulitzer-winning authors Stephen Greenblatt and Dexter Filkins, celebrated culinary expert Madhur Jaffrey, acclaimed author Elizabeth Gilbert, and leading Indian film director Vishal Bhardwaj, are amongst the first few announced speakers at the Festival for the 2020 edition – so be there to be a part of some life-changing and inspirational sessions!

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Book-signings and an opportunity to meet your favourite authors

For all those literature enthusiasts who have spent days glued to books, turning one page after another captivated by the magic of a well-written novel- the Jaipur Literature Festival offers the perfect opportunity to meet your favourite authors in person. Besides attending noteworthy sessions and witnessing book launches, the Festival also has book-signing kiosks at all venues where you can grab that rare signed copy and earn bragging rights!

Art, Culture – Memories Galore!

In addition to being a platform for conversations related to literature and books, the Festival also gives the opportunity to its visitors to experience various forms of art and music. From fascinating art installations to beautiful backdrops for the perfect Instagram shot- there is something for everyone. Dance and music performances make the Festival even livelier. For shopping enthusiasts, the annual Festival Bazaar is a must visit as several craftsmen, designers and entrepreneurs display and sell a vast array of hard-to-resist collectible items. Amongst the many things to be bought are embroidered shawls, exquisite minakari jewellery, funky stationery, edgy accessories, spiffy footwear, and exciting home décor.

Morning Music

For those passionate about music, the Festival begins each day with the calming strains of Morning Music.  The stage will be graced by acclaimed artists such as BC Manjunath, an exponent of Konnakoland the mrindangam; sitar maestro and recipient of the President’s Award for the best instrumentalist, Purbayan Chatterjee; leading Carnatic veena-player Saraswati Rajagopalan, and Supriya Nagarajan, a renowned Carnatic vocalist and founder of ‘Manasamitra’.

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Heritage Evenings

The Festival will also host a power-packed Heritage Evening at an iconic and historic venue in Jaipur. Supported by Rajasthan Tourism, this majestic evening at Amer Fort will feature a mesmerising performance by Pandit Rajendra Gangani, one of the leading practitioners of the Jaipur Gharana of Kathak. He will pay tribute to the age-old classical dance form, along with an ensemble of Kathak dancers. Les Souffleurs or The Whisperers, an artistic group created by Olivier Comte, will enthrall audiences with a unique production where they whisper poetic secrets into each other’s ears, using a hollow cane. To end the evening on a musical note, world-renowned sitarist Shubhendra Rao will present ‘East Marries West—A Legacy’ as a celebration of his Guru, the sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar’s 100th birth anniversary.  He will be joined by his wife, Saskia Rao-de Haas, who is hailed as a pioneer for introducing the ‘Indian cello’ to classical Indian music.

iWrite at Jaipur BookMark

For all aspiring authors and poets with multiple drafts scribbled behind every notebook and diaries filled with words that you hope will one day be read by the world- ‘iWrite’ by Jaipur BookMark is the perfect platform. After a very successful first edition last year, iWrite is back to inspire literary aspirants. Shortlisted participants get a platform to share their work and receive constructive guidance from international publishers, literary agents, translators and other industry experts in a pitching session at Jaipur during JBM.

Blogging Competition

If you can write compelling copy and want to get close to where the action is, the Jaipur Literature Festival 2020 Blogging Competition is your chance to make that leap. Highlighting the Festival’s core aim to support and promote artistic expression through writing, the Blogging competition will give ten chosen writers a chance to inspire audiences through their words on the Festival’s official blog site. The winners will also be invited to the Festival and cover various sessions from the 23rd-27th of January 2020.

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The Delegate Experience

While the Festival is open to all, specially-curated Delegate packages guarantee an experience to remember. Delegate-only lunches serve as an opportunity to meet and mingle with like-minded literary enthusiasts and make new connections. The well-stocked Delegate Lounge provides a luxurious reprieve and priority seating on special occasions ensures a close-up view of the Festival.  The Delegate package also includes an invitation to attend the beautiful Heritage Evening at Amer Fort, and a tote to take home. These Delegate Packages range from INR 6,300 per day to INR 23,800 for five days.

Website: www.jaipurliteraturefestival.org

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8 Bakeries In Jaipur To Get Your Yummy Christmas Cakes From

There’s nothing like the rich smell of cakes and cookies and other baked items when Christmas is around the corner. The mood is already set in the town for Christmas and everyone is looking for yummy Christmas cakes, cookies, etc. Christmas trees are all decorated with a star and kids are eagerly waiting for their Christmas presents from Santa can be seen. If you are looking for delicious cakes to get that sparkle to 2015 Christmas on your dinner table, here are the best bakeries where you can get sweet Christmas cakes.

  1. Brown Sugar Bakers & Café

If you want to add that perfect sweetness in your life this Christmas, Brown Sugar gives you a wide range of cakes in all its three outlets. One can always find the bakery filled with youngsters as it offers some really nice unusual combinations of food and above all, an appealing ambience, all at a very reasonable price. Though it makes some outstanding fruitcakes.

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  1. Bake well

Bake well, is among the oldest bakeries in Jaipur. It has been serving the masses in Jaipur, especially the locality of Raja Park with some fresh and delectable home-made bakery items. Bake well also prepares pineapple, chocolate cakes and festive delicacies during the festivities. It prepares some delicious rum cakes and fruitcakes during Christmas.

Bakewell

  1. Nibs Chocolate Boutique

As toys are to kids, Nibs are to chocolate lovers! Nibs is the perfect confectionary in the pink city where you can savour the really strong taste of coffee beans in everything, from cakes to pastries, to a dip of cookies in a cup of coffee.

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  1. Cakes ‘N’ Cookies

Catering the youth as well as the families, Cakes & Cookies in Raja Park definitely offers something crunchy and crispy Christmas items attracting the crowd from all around. Though the most tried and asked cake is the Chocolate Excess Cake, which can totally take you in the chocolate factory, it makes special cakes for Christmas celebrations.

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  1. Miss Bakers

With classic pink and white theme and open ambience, Miss Bakers is known for some of its mesmerizing looking designer cakes with finest decorations. If you really want the energy treat then go for the most famous and its speciality – Red Velvet Cake. It also prepares some delicious Oreo Cheesecakes and homemade chocolates, which simply are melt in the mouth. As they also specialize in designer cakes, if you really want to surprise someone this Christmas, just give Miss Bakers an idea and you will be surprised with not only the look but also with yummilicious taste.

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  1. Dzurt

With some unique and different varieties of cakes, patisserie, muffins, macaroons, Dzurt looks amazing and tastes super- licious! Jaipur got a patisserie shop with a totally new concept. Some of the speciality includes red velvet cheesecake, lemon drizzle cake, chocolate mud pastry, tarts, pies and the list is endless. Although it seems to be a little expensive patisserie but the cakes and above all the ambience surely attracts your attention.

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  1. Bake Hut

Bake Hut adds a sweet tooth to the pink city by giving some pleasing taste to each and every bakery item from the menu. You can find a number of cakes and cookies but, the chocolate fountain & live brownie station is the latest edition.

Bake Hut

Last but not the least!

  1. OVEN- The Bakery & Cafe

A great hangout cafe at Ahinsa Circle can be your one-stop bakery that offers a variety of delightful Christmas cakes. They cater to a wide scope of flavours, designs, and themes and can customize according to your taste preferences and choices. They have the most engaging cakes that would simply leave you hypnotized by their appearance.

Oven the bakery

Merry Christmas 😀   

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Your Guide to Ultimate Food Experiences this Winter | Jaipur Beat

There’s not a single person who doesn’t enjoy food. Since Jaipur food is so well-loved, we decided to make a list of the best food items to eat in the winter season. Here we go!

Halwa

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During winters, no one would ever say no to the lip-smacking Gajar or moong dal or badaam ka halwa. We only wait for winters so that we could enjoy this mouthwatering winter speciality topped with desi ghee and dry fruits.

Aloo Tikki

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A mouthful of hot aloo tikki with a burst of flavourful chutneys is a total bliss in winters. Be it on streets or at a wedding, aloo tikki is most enjoyed dish by everyone.

Mawa Kachori

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If you have a sweet tooth and love kachori then Mawa kachori is just for you. A puff pastry filled with aromatic mawa and nuts is one winter speciality that you anyone would want to indulge in if travelling to Jaipur.

Mirchi Bada

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You better be strong enough to try this street snack in which green chillies are stuffed with aloo masala and are deep-fried served with sweet and tangy chutney.

Soup

Soup

A hot bowl of soup with bread crumbs and cream is a total saviour during winters plus a healthy appetiser too.

Dal Baati Churma

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This power-packed Rajasthani dish that is everyone’s favourite is best enjoyed during winters. The one when we get invited at Khol ke Hanuman Ji the level of excitement to get to eat Dal Baati Churma is just next level.

Eggs and Omelettes

Eggs

Since the past few years, Jaipur streets are buzzing with street stalls selling egg dishes. Yes, most of us don’t eat at eggs at home 🙂 Most of the egg stalls serve an extensive menu of egg dishes from Omelette Pizza to butter Masala Omelette this list is endless.

Paneer Tikka

Just look at that tempting tandoori chicken or paneer tikka on that plate waiting to be devoured. There are many street joints where you could enjoy paneer tikka plus you could stand next to the griller and enjoy the heat.

Kadhi with Kachori & Samosa

Kadhi samosa

Hot, spicy and tempting, a superb combination of Rajasthani kadhi and mouth-watering Kachori/Samosa is everyone’s love. Once tasted, it will leave you to ask for more.

Kadhai wala Doodh

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Be it early morning or at late night, the sip of hot kadhai wala doodh (milk) served in kulhad tastes like heaven during winters. It becomes more delicious when paired with freshly taken out jalebi’s.

Gajak

Gajak

Dry and crisp sweet made of til and jaggery will keep your body warm on the biting cold days. Winters are incomplete without eating gajak and you don’t have to find it in Jaipur, it’s available in every street and corner and you’ll be surprised to see the variety here.

Dal ke Pakode

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While you sit with frozen hands and crave for some warmth, these garam garam dal pakode are a perfect cure and company for you. Try them on the street side stalls or just make them at home and don’t forget to serve with the green chutney.

Kulche Chole

Traditionally the Punjabi speciality, this dish Kulche Chole is made with lots of spices and masala like onion, tomato and garlic and with lots of butter on it has stolen the hearts of many in Jaipur, especially during the winter season.

 

To all food Connoisseurs, Jaipur will never disappoint you when it comes to food.

 

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16th Jaipur Jewellery Show begins with the explode of opulence and glamour | Jaipur Beat

There’s one thing, which will always be synonymous with Jaipur is its jewellery, for sure. Unarguably, Jaipur’s quintessential jewellery is widely acclaimed not just for its superior craftsmanship but also for emotions that each creation is able to garner.

Jaipur Jewellery Show popularly known as JJS, the largest Jewellery Show in North India, has been proactively promoting various precious stones and Jewellery items through a unique theme every year since 2004.

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The opulent jewellery show has begun at the Jaipur Exhibition and Convention Centre, Sitapura yesterday and Jaipur Beat decided to bring the first-hand experience of the jewellery show for our dear followers.  The magnificence has been at the 16th edition of the grand show with the theme inspire to create a fashion statement and best of the best brands and the biggest ones have displayed their gleaming sets of inspiring jewels at the exhibition. Every jewellery brand has put their heart and soul into the thematic description of their booth with floral to contemporary, colours and themes. While some brands kept it simple, the other ones have exhibited their jewels with the entire extravaganza, claiming the nominations and winning Best Booth Award.

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The Jaipuri chhatri displayed at the event exudes the essence of our Pink City in true sense. One thing that’s catching the attention, this year, is the artwork of Jaipur’s landmark building, Hawa Mahal.  The windows of Hawa Mahal are equipped with augmented reality mirrors wherein you can take the look and feel of the displayed jewellery without getting it out of the showcase.

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Brands like Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas Jewellers, Ghatiwala Jewellers, Exquisite, Savio, Agarwal &Co, Kalajee Jewellers, Adiyogi Jewellers, RK Gems, Narayandas and many more are displaying their most scintillating set of jewels. Your wedding shopping needs for this year are all sorted with an array of the most royal jewels being showcased at the exhibition.

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Different variety of gems and jewels like diamond jewellery, jadau jewellery, gemstones and polki jewellery is being showcased at the event. Some unique artifacts and jewels are also on the display for art collectors.

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Musical evening and awards night yesterday had the starlet Vaani Kapoor, who presented the awards to the winning jewelers and Kiku Sharda tickled the audiences’ bones with his standup comedy acts.

So if you fancy gems and jewels, the 16th edition of the Jaipur Jewellery Show is the place to get drenched in the glamour of jewellery from all over the world.

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Date: 20th-23rd December 2019 Venue: JECC, Sitapura

 

Jaipur – A Jewellery Destination 

The gems and jewellery industry of Jaipur have come a long way, from being known as the cutting and polishing centre of precious and semi-precious gems, colored and diamond jewellery, for the art of meenakari, for amazing Jadau Jewellery , Jaipur Jewellery is always in high demand at national and international markets.

It’s probably the only city in the world that hosts two grand jewellery shows. Both the shows that are known as Decemeber Show and April Show dazzle the Pink City with its charm.

After the December Show, the April ShowJewellers Association Show (JAS’2020) is all set with the theme “A Majestic Fusion of Gems and Jewellery”. After the ongoing December show, brace yourself for another grand extravaganza of gems and jewels from 10th -13th April 2020 at the JECC, Sitapura!

Here’s a glimpse of the grand celebration of life and luxury that took place at Jewellers Association Show 2019. The colours and talents of last year are all set to notch up the madness again in 2020!

 

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Jaipur art goes places

Jaipur, as we all know, is a hub of art and one such art is blue pottery that was on its verge to get extinct. While there is one such couple Girdhari and Sharada, who are working hard to not just keeping their family business alive, but also, saving the dying art of blue pottery. Girdhar opened a new factory near his house and started teaching many people in and around their neighbourhood about the various processes of the art form.

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They would have to depend on brokers to decide the price as they were the ones taking the products to places. Soon, their business went online on Amazon which made them the owners of their products in every sense and they reached customers nation-wide.

It was their faith in each other and dedication that paid them off and the growth of their business.

 

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Jaipur Literature Festival announces the first list of 25 speakers for 2020 edition

The annual Jaipur Literature Festival announced its much-awaited first list of speakers for its 13th edition, which will take place from 23-27 January 2020 at its beautiful and customary home – the historic Diggi Palace Hotel in Jaipur.

First list of Speakers Announced – The Festival announced its first list of 25 speakers out of over 250 speakers expected to attend the 2020 edition. The first list of authors includes Anand Neelakantan, Anosh Irani, Asma Khan, Ben Judah, Brian Aivars Catlos, Chitra Mudgal, Frank Dikötter, Hallie Rubenhold, Howard Jacobson, Jung Chang, Keki N. Daruwalla, Kent Nerburn, K R Meera, Kunal Basu, Maaza Mengiste, Marcus du Sautoy, Mishi Saran, Nilanjana S. Roy, Om Swami, Raj Kamal Jha, Sara Rai, Shubha Mudgal, Stephen Greenblatt, Suketu Mehta and Vishal Bhardwaj.

If you have not yet registered, remember online registration for the Festival is mandatory and attendees can register via the Festival website. Visitors can also buy Delegate Packages to experience the Festival’s magic, while mingling with authors, interacting with industry players, relaxing in the Delegate Lounge, and enjoying the Jaipur Music Stage and Heritage Evening.

Website: www.jaipurliteraturefestival.org

About the Jaipur Literature Festival 2020

Described as the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’, the Jaipur Literature Festival is a sumptuous feast of ideas. The past decade has seen it transform into a global literary phenomenon having hosted nearly 2000 speakers and welcoming over a million book lovers from across India and the globe.

Every year, the Festival brings together a diverse mix of the world’s greatest writers, thinkers, humanitarians, politicians, business leaders, sportspeople and entertainers on one stage to champion the freedom to express and engage in thoughtful debate and dialogue.