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Jaipur gets ready for its lit fest

The fest attracts the best and biggest writers from around the world. Garima Sharma tells more.

books Updated: Jan 03, 2009 20:16 IST
Garima Sharma

Some of the biggest maharajas of the global literary world are set to land in the land of India’s maharajas. The five-day-long Jaipur Literature Festival will begin on January 21. Novelist Vikram Seth, historian Simon Schama, travel writer Pico Iyer, former New Yorker editor Tina Brown, Pakistani novelist Mohammed Hanif — the list of attendees at the fest is a feast for the brain.

The special theme this year is the oral tradition of storytelling, in India and elsewhere.

“This time, we’ll also have musicians and food writers,” says Sanjoy K Roy, producer of the festival. Indian-born British chef and cookbook writer Manju Malhi will host a special food session.

The fest attracts the best and biggest writers from around the world. Last year’s visitor was Booker-winning novelist Ian
McEwan, the author of Atonement, the film adaptation of which, starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy, was screened at the festival. Actors Aamir Khan and Dev Anand were among speakers last year. Writer Fatima Bhutto, Benazir’s niece, was there, too. In the 2007 fest, Salman Rushdie was the chief attraction.

Quizzed about the star highlight this year, Roy was tightlipped because of security reasons. However, sources told HT City that Anil Kapoor might be a participant.