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Jaipur Literature Festival

Described as the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival is the world’s largest free event of its kind.

Celebrating writers from across the globe, the Festival has hosted some of the best regarded and loved names, ranging from Nobel Laureates and Man Booker Prize winners to debut writers including Amish Tripathi, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Eleanor Catton, Hanif Kureishi, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Ian McEwan, J.M. Coetzee, Mohammed Hanif, Oprah Winfrey, Orhan Pamuk, Pico Iyer, Salman Rushdie, Stephen Fry, Thomas Piketty, Vikram Seth and Wole Soyinka along with renowned Indian language writers such as Girish Karnad, Gulzar, Javed Akhtar, M.T. Vasudevan Nair, Uday Prakash as well as the late Mahasweta Devi and U.R. Ananthamurthy.Writers and Festival Directors Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple invite authors from across the globe to take part in the five-day programme set against the backdrop of Rajasthan’s stunning cultural heritage and the Diggi Palace in the state capital Jaipur.

Highlights of JLF 2017

Ravish Kumar at one of he session of JLF 2017


N. Wilsonhas written over 50 books, including biographies and novels. His biography of Queen Victoria was the basis of the highly acclaimed television drama Victoria. He has recently completed a novel about Captain Cook and a biography of Charles Darwin.




Alex Rossis the music critic of The New Yorker and the author of the books The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century and Listen to This. He has received a National Book Critics Circle Award, the Guardian First Book Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur Fellowship





Raja Mohanis currently the Director of Carnegie India. He is also the columnist on foreign affairs for The Indian Express and a visiting research professor at the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore.His most recent book is Modi’s World: Expanding India’s Sphere of Influence.




Shashi Tharooris an award-winning author of 16 books of fiction and non-fiction, a politician, and former international civil servant. Dr. Tharoor’s books include The Great Indian Novel, the classic India: From Midnight to the MillenniumPax Indica: India and the World of the 21st Century and India Shastra. His latest book An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India was released in 2016. He has won numerous literary awards, including a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize

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