Despite a million controversies, the Jaipur Literature Festival kick started with a bang on Thursday January 24th, 2013. Directed by renowned authors William Dalrymple and Namita Gokhale, the festival is known to be the biggest in Asia. Held in one of the most beautiful heritage properties in Jaipur, the event is expected to be packed with talks, debates, readings, interactive activities and a lot more. Each year the festival draws in some of the top international authors not just from Asia, but also Europe, America and Africa.
Prominent faces present on the first day of the event were Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Governer Margaret Alva. However, the star attraction of the day was not other than Dalai Lama who confessed with a humour that his English vocabulary is not that good, and he is quite lazy to open up a dictionary. Shielded by a heavy police security, 283 authors including 40 women writers are expected to participate in the festival. Subjects to be discussed include art, poetry, sensuality, cinema, politics, extremism, the Arab world and philosophy.
So, what do you pay to get in? Well, nothing at all. The festival is free for all. All you need to do is just show up with a photo id.