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Winter Is Coming!

Hello Fellas! Good is finally happening to us – the winters are almost here (sigh) and we’re finally going to get a break from the heat, even though it has not exactly been as terrible as before. There are lots of reasons to look forward to this season’s winter like school holidays, timely leaves from office, cosy nights but here’s a list of the most important things that we believe everyone gets excited about the most:

  1. Silk

Yes, yes, yes! We finally get to adorn silk sarees and shirts without drenching in our sweat and especially now, considering that the wedding season has just begun – it is the perfect time to flaunt, lads.

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Time to say bye-bye cotton!

  1. Gajar ka Halwa

The Ma-ke-haath-ka Gajar ka Halwa is heaven. The beautiful amalgamation of milk, sugar, delicious carrots topped with crunchy almonds is the best thing god ever invented.

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Drooling already? Same.

  1. Sunbathing

Okay, we know we said we need a break from the heat – but the feeling of sitting under the winter sun is totally different. Sitting on your terrace in the afternoon, eating guava or radish and just absorbing the rays is so so so satisfying.

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  1. Peanuts

Eating roasted peanuts with family is a childhood memory that can only be re-lived during this time of the year, when hundreds of vendors are going to come down the street to sell peanuts. 90s kids would understand the nostalgic feeling of their father getting peanuts wrapped in newspaper, only to eat with Gud.

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  1. Eggs

While eggs are super-duper tasty, they are extremely beneficial during low temperatures. They contain vitamin D which is essential for the body especially because the sun rays are weak.

So, no need to come up with bahanas to eat eggs now! 😜

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  1. Coconut Oil

Damaged hair knows the real pain here –  thankfully we can apply coconut oil now & condition our hair, and skin (yay). Plus, who doesn’t always cherish a good warm oil massage? 😉

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  1. Festivals

This time of the year, many festivals like Jaipur Literature Festival, Jaipur Jewellery Show and obviously the on-going Pushkar Fair, to name a few, begin. There’s madness, fun and celebration of culture, food and knowledge which is extremely exciting.

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  1. Weddings

Gathering with your friends and family after a long time and having a good time is what we all wait for. A wedding in India is filled with lots of emotions – where you celebrate, cry, laugh, probably feel lonely (😂) because you’re still unmarried (just kidding!) and feel blessed. There’s truly nothing like it!

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  1. Boots

Wearing boots and feeling like you own the world is another thing about winters – the only thing disappointing is that you wished it snowed and you got to wear boots often. All the fashion prodigies would agree, eh?

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Looks like we’ve covered the list!

But let us know your favourite part about winters, that you think we’ve missed, in the comment section below! 😁

Celebrations · Diwali · Eco-friendly Diwali · Festival · Festive Season · Jaipur · Jaipur Beat

Decoding the Significance of the Festival of Lights

 

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Diwali, as we all know, is the grand festival that is celebrated all over the country with new full zeal every year. It is also one of the most important festivals for Jaipur and Jaipurites, as here it is observed for a full 5 days. During this time entire Pink city is decked up, and all monuments and buildings are lit up which makes the city truly beautiful and full of splendour. The preparations start almost a month ago when Jaipurites starts cleaning the house, and decorating it because Diwali is not just a day-long affair for us but it is a complete five-day long event. And we believe to celebrate each and every day of Diwali with full passion. But did you know the significance of all these five days?

Let’s get a bit of knowledge about our favourite 5 Diwali days-

Dhanteras

Dhanteras which is also known as “Dhanvantari Trayodashi” is the first day of the five days of Diwali celebration. The legend behind celebrating Dhanteras is that the ocean was churned by Gods and demons to get Amrita or nectar. Dhanvantari (known as physician of Gods) had emerged out with a jar of elixir from the ocean. That is why this day is celebrated as Dhanteras.

It is believed that buying things such as gold or silver coins, jewellery, new utensils or other new things is the sign of Lakshmi coming home whole year. On this day Jaipur markets like Tripolia Bazaar, Johari Bazaar gets all bustled up with the people as everyone is busy buying the things.

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Roop Chaturdashi

The second day is Roop Chaturdashi which is also known as Naraka Chaturdashi, Kali Chaudas or Choti Diwali. After a month-long cleaning of the home, it is time to deck up ourselves. It is believed that on this day it is very important to take care of one’s body and also improving one’s appearance through external means. In the old days, women used to apply ubtan to get that natural glow and now they go to parlours to get the festive look.

Whatever you opt for, this day signifies that you need to glow & shine like Diwali lights.

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This is the main day and marks the return of Lord Rama along with wife Sita to their kingdom from 14 year-long exile after defeating Ravana. When Rama, Sita and Lakshaman were back, the people of Ayodhya celebrated the return of their king by illuminating the earthen diyas and bursting firecrackers. Hence, Diwali is the celebration of Homecoming. We light up homes, wear new clothes, prepare lots of delicacies and offer prayers to Goddess Lakshmi. No matter where you are Jaipurites love to come back home to be with their family, and this is the true essence of this festival of Diwali.

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Govardhan Pooja

The fourth day is Govardhan Pooja or Annakoota, people show their gratitude towards Lord Krishna by offering various types of food. The story behind this day is that, once Lord Indra got angry for the villagers had stopped offering him lavish meals which in return he promised good rains for their crops. So he flooded the village and soon it was underwater. Lord Krishna then came to their rescue by lifting the huge Govardhan Mountain on his little finger.

Bhai Dooj

Last day is called Bhai Dooj which celebrates the love of brother and sister. On this day, women pray to God for the long and prosperous lives of their brother and apply ‘tilak’ on their foreheads. According to mythology, on this day Yamraj visited his sister Yami, where she welcomed him with an aarti, applied tilak and offered sweets. Moved by his sister’s love he declared that any brother who received ‘tilak’ from his sister shouldn’t be afraid of death.

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Now, that you know the significance of the five days of Diwali, go ahead and take part in the rituals and celebrations this Diwali with great enthusiasm. But remember to play eco-friendly Diwali and avoid bursting crackers for the sake of our environment.

Wishing you all a Joyful & Safe Diwali!

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Lifestyle Exhibition in the Festive Month of October|Jaipur Beat

The festive season is around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited about it for its festive spirit is all around the city. The city is drenched in colours and is buzzing until late at night especially the markets. Festival season means buying new things for your home and for yourself and that is why there’s a boom in the markets at this time of the year. If you have already explored the city markets, you can check out these mind-blowing lifestyle exhibition. So, make some space in your wardrobe and go shopping at-

 

1. Varam

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Date- 30th Sept – 2nd Oct

Time- 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Venue- D-2 Janpath, Shyam Nagar

2. Jaipur Lifestyle Expo 2019

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Date- 1st – 2nd October

Time- 08:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Venue- Hotel Grand Uniara

3. The Craft Collective

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Date- 1st – 2nd October

Time- 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Venue- Ritu Kedia For Exclusive, Civil Lines

 

4. Jhalak Fashion Exhibition

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Date- 1st – 3rd October

Time- 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Venue- Jaipur Marriott Hotel

 

5. Festive Fever Jaipur | Funky Fish

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Date- 3rd October

Time- 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Venue- Hotel Holiday Inn

 

6. India Shopping Expo 2019

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Date- 4th – 6th Oct

Time- 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Venue- B. M. Birla Auditorium

 

7. The Urban Thaat

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Date- 4th – 5th Oct

Time- 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Venue- Hilton, Hawa Sadak, Jaipur

8. Dahleez Diwali Lifestyle Exhibition

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Date- 9th – 10th Oct

Time- 10:00 AM – 09:00 PM

Venue- Fort Lounge, Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg, Adinath Nagar, Jaipur

 

9. Lagan Mandap Wedding & Lifestyle Exhibition

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Date- 10th – 11th Oct

Time- 10:00 AM – 09:00 PM

Venue- Holiday Inn, Jaipur City Centre, Jaipur

10. Desi Bazaar: Indian Designer Haat Bazaar with Festive Vibes

 

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Date- 10th – 11th October

Time- 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Venue- Bhatia Bhawan Jaipur

11. Hidden Treasures Winter Festive Edit

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Date- 11th – 12th October

Time- 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Venue- Hotel Diggi Palace

12. Shimmer- Diwali Lifestyle Exhibition

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Date- 12th – 13th Oct

Time- 11:00 AM – 09:00 PM

Venue- Hotel Sarovar portico

 

13. Blooming Tassels

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Date- 14th – 15th Oct

Time- 10:00 AM – 08:00 PM

Venue- Bais Godown, opp godown no.5, Jaipur

14. The Luxury Living

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Date- 15th – 16th Oct

Time- 10:00 AM – 09:00 PM

Venue- Holiday Inn Jaipur city centre, Sardar Patel Road

15. Labels Lifestyle Exhibition

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Date- 17th – 18th Oct

Time- 11:00 AM – 08:00 PM

Venue- Hotel Grand Uniara

16. The Royale Flea

 

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Date- 17th – 20th Oct

Time- 11:00 AM – 09:30 PM

Venue- Barwada House, Jacob Road, Ajmer Road, Civil Lines

 

17. City Flea | City Shor

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Date- 18th – 19th October

Time- 11:00 AM – 08:00 PM

Venue- Home Café By Mr. Beans

 

18. Patola Bandhej- Banarasi Diwali Exhibition

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Date- 18th – 20th October

Time- 10:30 AM – 7:30 PM

Venue- KK Square, Prithviraj Road, C-Scheme

19. Numaish Premium Fashion & Lifestyle Exhibition

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Date- 19th – 20th Oct

Time- 11:00 AM – 08:00 PM

Venue- Hotel Royal Orchid, Tonk Road

 

20. DOR – A Fashion & Lifestyle Exhibition

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Date- 19th – 20th October

Time- 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM

Venue- Gulabi Nagari, Bani Park

 

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Best Music events to experience this October|Jaipur Beat

“The earth has music for those who listen”- Shakespeare

Jaipur has seen many aesthetic music shows from folk music to rock concerts and Jaipurites seem to love it. The month of October is packed with exciting events, festivals and of course music. So, gear up people and experience the beats drift into your ears in our very own city. Check out the musical bucket list-

  1. The Vintage Years-3

A special evening for our elders. On the occasion of International Day for Elders, Jaipur will witness the re-creation of O.P Nayyar’s mesmerising Music. The members of Super-60s Club will present the gripping Duets of the Songs composed by the magic Weaver O.P Nayyar.

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When- 1st October

Where-Maharana Pratap Auditorium

 

2. Rajasthan Kabir Yatra 2019

Rajasthan Kabir Yatra is a travelling folk music festival which will journey over 6 days in and around the Jaipur & Shekhawati regions from October 2-6, 2019. The opening event will be held in Jaipur on 2nd October.

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When- 2nd – 6th October

Where-Jawahar Kala Kendra

 

3. Gandhi Utsav

Celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Bapu, the Gandhi Utsav is a festival bringing painters, musicians, folk instrumentalists etc together on one platform to present their art form’s unique link with Bapu.

Relive Bapu with devotional music, art, paintings by world-renowned artists.

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When- 2nd – 9th October

Where- Central Park

 

 4. Raymond MTV India Music Summit 2019

India Music Summit which started in 2017 is a congregation of music lovers and musicians who come together not just to listen to but to engage with music. The Summit is a deep dive, going beyond the surface offering an immersive and incredible musical journey to all music aficionados.

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When-4th-6th October

Where- Fairmont Hotel

 

5. Ananya Birla India Tour 2019 | Jaipur

Ananya has announced her tour across five cities in October 2019, coinciding with the launch of her latest single ‘Day Goes By’ and guess what she will be performing in Jaipur as well. So consider yourself lucky if you get there!

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When- 5th October

Where- Asteria, Jaipur

 

6. TaBlu Music Fest

Celebrating its anniversary Tablu Music Fest is back again with Madboy Mink and Astitva.

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When-11th & 12th October

Where- Hotel Clarks Amer

 

7. Awaaz Studio Festival

Let’s celebrate local art, with artists, performers, craftsmen & good folks. They are mixing music, poetry, crafts, culture, desserts, conversations, laughter, and happy vibes. Pop-up souk and F&B zone to add aroma to this fest.

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When- 12th October

Where- Birla Auditorium

 

8. Gaana Crossblade Music Festival | Jaipur

A supermassive PUNJABI MUSIC FESTIVAL spanning over 2 days to bring alive the ethos of PUNJABI culture through a combination of music genres.

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When- 19th & 20th October

Where- JECC, Jaipur

 

9. Supermoon ft. Prateek Kuhad Winter Tour 2019 – Jaipur

Hosting the India leg of Prateek Kuhad Winter Tour, Supermoon is all saddled up to venture into the world of music. Are you excited yet?!

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When- 20th October

Where- Nirmala Auditorium

 

10. Soul Connect 

Soul Connect is a temple music revival series. Through this, we recreate Morning Ragas as a contemporary cultural phenomenon, tracing authentic Indian performing art and artists. It is an hour-long music session at historical (often forgotten) temples in the city, one Sunday a month.

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When- Every Sunday

Where- Brijraj Bihari Temple

 

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Five Essentials of Navratri Festival 

The most widely celebrated 9-day long Hindu festival, Navratri is celebrated to honour the goddess Durga. This festival holds great significance among people as it is associated with the blessings of Goddess Durga, which represents Shakti, the cosmic energy that animates all beings. Navratri is celebrated in four seasons but the one follows the season of autumn is considered as the most auspicious of all and it also marks the beginning of the festive season. This is also the time when Maa Durge is getting ready to enchant the Pink City in her aura. But do you know what are the 5 essentials of Navratri festival?

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Let’s have a look-

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Fresh Start– Navratri brings a new zeal with itself and there is a wave of new beginnings all around. Be it a new business, new home, a new car or furnishing, transforming into a new self, starting a healthy lifestyle or starting a new relation, we all wait for this time cause we know to embark on a fresh new journey with the blessings of Maa Durga will turn into a success.

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Faith– Of all the stories from folklore, there’s one thing in common- the victory of good from the evil which is why we celebrate Navratri. It’s that time of the year when we finally start visiting the temples quite often to seek the blessings. It’s this time of the year when every Jaipurite takes out some time to visit Amer’s Shila Mata temple. On all these nine-day Navratra festival the Shila Devi temple at Amer Fort holds special significance. Thousands of people from Jaipur and surrounding areas come here to pay offerings to Shila Devi. It is said that Maharaja Mansingh of Jaipur brought the statue of the goddess Shila Mata from Jessore “Bangladesh” in 1604 and till date the idol is placed here and worshipped.

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Fasting– We believe that fasting during Navratra is a way to get spiritually closer to the almighty. There are no fasting rules, everyone has its own reason to fast. Some fast for o it for faith, some to meet out their weight loss goals and few do it for de-toxication. Whatever your reason is fasting is something that we all believe in.

Feasting-  While some people fast, some people eat all the Falahari delight during Navratra. From fruit- chaat to Saabudana Khichdi and Kuttu Ki Puri we keep all the sweet to salty options at hand. The festive season brings a new enthusiasm for the people who are fasting and who is not.

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Fun Unlimited- An how can we miss the ultimate fun. People get into the mode of festivity in full swing. Adorned in glittery Gujarati and Rajasthani lehengas, playing Garba with friends, is all fun and exciting and the most vivid sight of this entire festival. Thousands of Jaipurites of all age groups can be seen stepping together on the beats of Garba & Dandiya music in many places around the city.

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So, if you are in Jaipur during this season you are lucky enough to explore the city in its own uniqueness 🙂

Happy Navratri to you all!

 

 

Jaipur · Talk Journalism

Making it Click! Prominent photojournalists come together to talk about how is it being a photojournalist.

Jaipur, 22 September 2019

Camera for long has stood an icon of journalists identity. Pictures from war and revolutions have recorded history live from ground zero. Yet, between camera and action lies a long and risky pause that encompasses a photojournalist’s life. This behind the camera journey revealed ahead of the audience on the third day of Talk Journalism 2019 as senior photojournalists Purushottam Diwakar of India Today and Bhagirath Basnet of The Times of India went in a panel discussion with Gaurav Hajela, Founder and Managing Director of Pathfynder Solutions

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Each of these photojournalists over decades of their experience has earned a long list of admirers and been appreciated on various occasions. However, even these are not unknown to the disappointments that come in routine. 

While talking on the risks that a journalist dares for a perfect angle and shot, they happen to mention of few tragedies. Either of them though agreed on another persistent fear.

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“A photojournalist at times spends long hours waiting for the right picture. Even if he manages to capture it with great effort the same might not get published,” they agreed unanimously. 

A photojournalist though has to learn to think beyond the lights and technical aspects of photography and demand of the publisher while they click the shoot. They have to be constantly aware of their surroundings, at times this could literally a lifesaver. 

Diwakar narrated a lesson from his wealth of experience. It was during an expedition in the remote areas of Africa that he came across a tribe that has so far remained untouched by the modern world. No journalist has ever reached the tribe and less was known about them to the outside world. Diwakar was none the less excited to capture their story first. 

He couldn’t understand their language but tried to make the most of their gestures and expressions. It’s during this that he made a horrifying revelation.

“They wanted to kill me,” he said. 

At the moment he had to let go of the urge to record the tribe’s life and start thinking to save his own. A smooth exit and hasty descend from the hill helped him to stay alive to narrate the story. 

The discussion continued to highlight several other aspects of visual media and shared many interesting experiences. It was though the passion that seems to have kept the life of the photojournalists clicking.

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Capturing history live in their camera, a photojournalist brings their audience closest to the actual scene of action. The camera has for long been a symbol for media and the photojournalists are the torch bearers of the same. 

Courtesy- Newsroom at Talk Journalism

Text: Dr Kailash Gupta | Copy Edit: Niharika Raina |

Editorial Coordination: Rupali Soni & Niharika Raina 

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11 exciting sessions for those looking to carve a space in the media industry at #TJ19|Jaipur Beat

In the fast-developing era of technology, the media space is changing like never before. There is a need for a platform where professions, trends related to it, technological advances, challenges are discussed and debated.

The stage for the same is getting ready at the biggest Media Festival on 20th September 2019 at Fairmount Jaipur-

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Talk Journalism has seen a successful run of five editions and now it is coming up with its sixth edition which is scheduled on 20th-22nd September 2019. The festival has been mainly designed to benefit all the professionals, students and enthusiasts of journalism.

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Talk Journalism is an initiative of The Vox Foundation which aims at bridging this gap and takes a step towards initiating the media dialogue. The only dedicated festival that celebrates Media and Journalism and gives a platform to the aspiring media professionals to discuss and debate about related issues. The festival attracts the pioneers in media and lets them share their experiences about the industry with the audience. It is the most enriching experience in a journey of being a journalist.

For the students of Mass Communication and Journalism, this is a great platform where the students can meet these speakers and hear the words of wisdom from them. Aspiring media professionals can meet experts and can attend workshops by Google, Twitter, Facebook. Be a part of the Photography Competition and Quizzes. And the most important thing #TJ19 will be having HR Representatives of leading Media Houses and they will be on the lookout for interns at the event.

For those looking to carve a space in the media industry, here are few Talks and Workshops at #TJ2019 they should not miss-

  1. Restoring Faith in Journalism– Session by Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Sheshadari Chari, Pritish Nandy, Yashwant Vyas and Seema Chisti.

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  1. Is Sports Journalism more placid than Political Journalism – Session by Ayaz Memon, Sharda Urga and Navneet Mundra.
  2. State of Satire- Cyrus Brocha a TV anchor, comedian, political satirist, columnist, podcaster and the author in conversation with Anant Jha.

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4. Speaking Truth to Power- The Ramon Magsaysay Award winner and the Managing Editor of NDTV India Ravish Kumar and Eugene Robinson an associate editor of The Washington Post

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5. Dateline Kashmir: Post article 370- The scrapping of Article 370 and the mixed thoughts about it will be discussed by the Rajesh Raina and Praveen Dhonti.

6. Is Serious Journalism Sustainable on Digital -Akash Banerjee, Govind Raj, Prasanna, Vignesh, Shivendra and Jairaj will be moderating.

7. Perils of being an Editor- A session by Siddhart Vardrajan, Srinivasan Jain, Prafulla Ketkar, Meenal Baghel and Arijit Sen.

8. Political Journalism: Is it all about access -Rahul Shrivastav, Narendra Nath, Mahesh Langa, Marya Shakeel and Tribhuvan.

9. Tackling Information- In a world where misinformation can lead to dangerous results, it is important to know how to tackle them. Jency Jacob, Prateek Sinha, HR Venkatesh and Trushar Barot will be taking this session.

10. Presentations- Facebook Presentation by Trushar Barot, Twitter presentation by Amrita Tripathi and Google workshop by Surabhi Malik

11. The Language of Journalism- Ashwani Pareek, Rahul Dev and Sandeep Purohit

Registrations for the event is entirely free.

20 – 22 September @Fairmont, Jaipur

https://www.talkjournalism.in/event-registration/