Jaipur Literature Festival 2013

Jan 24, 2013, 17:56 PM IST
Shobhaa De launching the books published under her imprint Shobhaa De books. One of the two books is a style diary written by Kareena Kapoor and another one is a divorce non-fiction book authored by a celebrity divorce lawyer.
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Shobhaa De launching the books published under her imprint Shobhaa De books. One of the two books is a style diary written by Kareena Kapoor and another one is a divorce non-fiction book authored by a celebrity divorce lawyer.

Bhalchandra Nemade and Jeet Thayil in conversation with Rupleena Bose in the session titled 'A Rebel State'.
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Bhalchandra Nemade and Jeet Thayil in conversation with Rupleena Bose in the session titled 'A Rebel State'.

Poeple listening to Shobhaa De during the session.
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Poeple listening to Shobhaa De during the session.

Shobhaa De in conversation with Ashok Ferry.
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Shobhaa De in conversation with Ashok Ferry.

Shobhaa De waving to the crowd post finishing her session 'Celebrating Shobhaa'. She also launched Kareena Kapoor's 'The Style Diary of a Bollywood Diva' published under her imprint Shobhaa De books.
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Shobhaa De waving to the crowd post finishing her session 'Celebrating Shobhaa'. She also launched Kareena Kapoor's 'The Style Diary of a Bollywood Diva' published under her imprint Shobhaa De books.

British journalist and the author of several non-fiction books Jason Burke addresses the crowd in a session titled 'Return of a King'.
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British journalist and the author of several non-fiction books Jason Burke addresses the crowd in a session titled 'Return of a King'.

Novelist, art historian and festval co-director William Darymple speaking in a session titled 'Return of a King'.
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Novelist, art historian and festval co-director William Darymple speaking in a session titled 'Return of a King'.

A talk titled 'Literature of love and Longing' in progress between the session speakers Andrew Solomon, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Saleem Kidwai, Devdutt Patnaik, and Philip Hensher with Sandip Roy as the moderator.
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A talk titled 'Literature of love and Longing' in progress between the session speakers Andrew Solomon, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Saleem Kidwai, Devdutt Patnaik, and Philip Hensher with Sandip Roy as the moderator.

'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel': Monisha Rajesh in conversation with Deborah Moggach.
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'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel': Monisha Rajesh in conversation with Deborah Moggach.

The audience are all ears as Deborah Moggach shares thoughts during the session titled 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'.
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The audience are all ears as Deborah Moggach shares thoughts during the session titled 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'.

Author cum session moderator Kishwar Desai introducing Ravinder Singh to talk titled 'All the Glitters: Stories of Love and Lust'.
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Author cum session moderator Kishwar Desai introducing Ravinder Singh to talk titled 'All the Glitters: Stories of Love and Lust'.

Author Ravinder Singh reading a passage from his book 'Can love happen twice'.
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Author Ravinder Singh reading a passage from his book 'Can love happen twice'.

Aita Ighodaro, Ravinder Singh and Kishwar Desai addressing the audience.
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Aita Ighodaro, Ravinder Singh and Kishwar Desai addressing the audience.

Author of 'All the Glitters' listenening to the talk during the session.
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Author of 'All the Glitters' listenening to the talk during the session.

Former India cricketer Rahul Dravid at the launch of his book.
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Former India cricketer Rahul Dravid at the launch of his book.

Rahul Dravid addresses the gathering.
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Rahul Dravid addresses the gathering.

Rahul Dravid with Sharmila Tagore during the launch of his book.
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Rahul Dravid with Sharmila Tagore during the launch of his book.

Rahul Dravid speaks about his book.
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Rahul Dravid speaks about his book.

Rahul Dravid shares the stage with Sharmila Tagore.
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Rahul Dravid shares the stage with Sharmila Tagore.

Author Manu Joseph contemplating during a talk session with pro writers like Anjum Hasan, Christopher Ricks, Gayatri Chakravarti Spivak.
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Author Manu Joseph contemplating during a talk session with pro writers like Anjum Hasan, Christopher Ricks, Gayatri Chakravarti Spivak.

Authors Anju Makhija and Fahmida Riaz in conversation with William Darymple on the topic titled 'Shah Abdul Latif' at the Baithak hall of the Diggi Palace.
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Authors Anju Makhija and Fahmida Riaz in conversation with William Darymple on the topic titled 'Shah Abdul Latif' at the Baithak hall of the Diggi Palace.

Authors Anju Makhija and Fahmida Riaz in conversation with William Darymple on the topic titled 'Shah Abdul Latif' at the Baithak hall of the Diggi Palace.
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Authors Anju Makhija and Fahmida Riaz in conversation with William Darymple on the topic titled 'Shah Abdul Latif' at the Baithak hall of the Diggi Palace.

William Darymple in conversation with authors Anju Makhija and Fahmida Riaz on 'Shah Abdul Latif' at the Baithak hall of the Diggi Palace.
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William Darymple in conversation with authors Anju Makhija and Fahmida Riaz on 'Shah Abdul Latif' at the Baithak hall of the Diggi Palace.

Authors Anju Makhija and Fahmida Riaz in conversation with William Darymple on the topic titled 'Shah Abdul Latif' at the Baithak hall of the Diggi Palace.
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Authors Anju Makhija and Fahmida Riaz in conversation with William Darymple on the topic titled 'Shah Abdul Latif' at the Baithak hall of the Diggi Palace.

Javed Akhtar at the event.
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Javed Akhtar at the event.

Javed Akhtar addresses the crowd.
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Javed Akhtar addresses the crowd.

Shabana Azmi and Prasoon Joshi along with organiser Sunjoy Roy address the audience.
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Shabana Azmi and Prasoon Joshi along with organiser Sunjoy Roy address the audience.

Sunjoy Roy addresses the gathering as Shabana Azmi and Prasoon Joshi share the stage.
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Sunjoy Roy addresses the gathering as Shabana Azmi and Prasoon Joshi share the stage.

Shabana Azmi shares the stage with Prasoon Joshi and organiser Sunjoy Roy.
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Shabana Azmi shares the stage with Prasoon Joshi and organiser Sunjoy Roy.

Actor Kabir Bedi also attended the Lit fest.
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Actor Kabir Bedi also attended the Lit fest.

The coming five days will see literary sessions addressing subjects as diverse as cinema, sensuality, Buddhism in literature, Afghanistan, extremism, art, yoga, poetry, Shakespeare, philosophy, James Bond, women`s issues, politics and the Arab world.
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The coming five days will see literary sessions addressing subjects as diverse as cinema, sensuality, Buddhism in literature, Afghanistan, extremism, art, yoga, poetry, Shakespeare, philosophy, James Bond, women`s issues, politics and the Arab world.

Co-director of the festival William Dalrymple said the festival had grown enormously in strength since 2005 when barely 14 people turned up, some of them inadvertently for want of anything to do better.
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Co-director of the festival William Dalrymple said the festival had grown enormously in strength since 2005 when barely 14 people turned up, some of them inadvertently for want of anything to do better.

Present on the occasion was Ashok Gehlot - CM Rajasthan and Margaret Alva - Governor of Rajasthan who seemed in a jovial mood thanks to the lively Buddhist chants and the wonderful Rajasthani folk drum beats for triggering that endorphin flow in the brain.
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Present on the occasion was Ashok Gehlot - CM Rajasthan and Margaret Alva - Governor of Rajasthan who seemed in a jovial mood thanks to the lively Buddhist chants and the wonderful Rajasthani folk drum beats for triggering that endorphin flow in the brain.

William Dalrymple said,
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William Dalrymple said, "Jaipur Literature Festival covers all genres and variety of literature."

Rajasthani artists perform at the gala event.
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Rajasthani artists perform at the gala event.

Stressing on
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Stressing on "humanness" to accept "each others rights to live with dignity", Mahasweta Devi said: "There has been a jailbreak of dreams in the country."

Mahashweta Devi reflected on her long and illustrious life and writing career in a speech laced with references to the rich world of ideas she has imbibed from the tribal and rural cultures that have been the subject of her work till date.
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Mahashweta Devi reflected on her long and illustrious life and writing career in a speech laced with references to the rich world of ideas she has imbibed from the tribal and rural cultures that have been the subject of her work till date.

The DSC Jaipur Literature Festival 2013, possibly the most high profile gathering of litterateurs in Asia, kicked off Thursday with rights campaigner and Bengali writer Mahasweta Devi saying that
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The DSC Jaipur Literature Festival 2013, possibly the most high profile gathering of litterateurs in Asia, kicked off Thursday with rights campaigner and Bengali writer Mahasweta Devi saying that "the right to dream should be made a fundamental right".

There are 283 authors participating in the Jaipur literature festival amid heavy police presence following threats from extremist groups.
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There are 283 authors participating in the Jaipur literature festival amid heavy police presence following threats from extremist groups.

The event will have speakers who will bring their thoughts, ideas, journeys and experiences to the Festival through debates, discussions and readings.
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The event will have speakers who will bring their thoughts, ideas, journeys and experiences to the Festival through debates, discussions and readings.

The five day long extravaganza of literature that began today promises to bring together renowned authors, thinkers, philosophers from around the world to Jaipur.
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The five day long extravaganza of literature that began today promises to bring together renowned authors, thinkers, philosophers from around the world to Jaipur.

Sharmila Tagore made he presence felt at the one of the year's most awaited events.
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Sharmila Tagore made he presence felt at the one of the year's most awaited events.

The Dalai Lama graced the event attended by many intellectuals.
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The Dalai Lama graced the event attended by many intellectuals.

The Dalai Lama, listens to one of his biographers, Pico Iyer at one of the sessions on the opening day of India's Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur.
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The Dalai Lama, listens to one of his biographers, Pico Iyer at one of the sessions on the opening day of India's Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur.

The Dalai Lama greets the audience as he arrives to speak on the opening day of India's Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur.
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The Dalai Lama greets the audience as he arrives to speak on the opening day of India's Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur.

A member of the audience listens to the Dalai Lama, unseen, on the opening day of India's Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur.
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A member of the audience listens to the Dalai Lama, unseen, on the opening day of India's Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur.

People listen to the Dalai Lama, on the opening day of India's Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur.
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People listen to the Dalai Lama, on the opening day of India's Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama came down to the capital city of the Land of the Maharajas to address an enormous gathering of his avid followers, literature connoisseurs on the first day of the 6th DSC Jaipur Literature Festival on Thursday.
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama came down to the capital city of the Land of the Maharajas to address an enormous gathering of his avid followers, literature connoisseurs on the first day of the 6th DSC Jaipur Literature Festival on Thursday.

The Nobel peace prize laureate spoke on the need to follow the path of non-materialistic living and promoting world peace.
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The Nobel peace prize laureate spoke on the need to follow the path of non-materialistic living and promoting world peace.

People turn up in large numbers to attend the annual event held in the city of the Maharajas.
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People turn up in large numbers to attend the annual event held in the city of the Maharajas.

Dalai Lama said that he is committed is to promote secular ethics and moral education.
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Dalai Lama said that he is committed is to promote secular ethics and moral education.

Urging the people to follow a non-violent path, the Dalai Lama said that the 21st century is the age of dialogue and not violence.
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Urging the people to follow a non-violent path, the Dalai Lama said that the 21st century is the age of dialogue and not violence.

As human being, one must look to purify their inner values, said Dalai Lama.
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As human being, one must look to purify their inner values, said Dalai Lama.

The Dalai Lama also felt that the need of the hour is to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor.
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The Dalai Lama also felt that the need of the hour is to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor.

Sharmila Tagore addesses the gathering at the fest.
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Sharmila Tagore addesses the gathering at the fest.

Sharmila Tagore made he presence felt at the one of the year's most awaited events.
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Sharmila Tagore made he presence felt at the one of the year's most awaited events.

The Dalai Lama greets the audiences.
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The Dalai Lama greets the audiences.

National Film Award winner Sharmila Tagore speaks on the opening day of the Jaipur Literature Festival 2013.
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National Film Award winner Sharmila Tagore speaks on the opening day of the Jaipur Literature Festival 2013.

Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore addesses the crowd at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2013.
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Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore addesses the crowd at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2013.