Monthly Archives: January 2017

Heliride Festival in Jaipur

Amer Fort, Jaipur

Amer Fort, Jaipur

Get ready for a hell of a ride, oh well, we mean Heliride in #Jaipur
Yes you read that right, this Valentine’s Day will be more special than any time ever as Pink City will experience the Valentine Heliride Festival from 12th – 14th February 2017 where helicopter joyriders will see Nahargarh, Jaigarh, Amber fort along with lots of other tourist attractions from a bird’s eye view !


Image for reference

Not just this, a week long Jaipur Heliride Festival will also take place from 17th – 23rd February 2017, both of these being organised by Heritage On Air, in order to promote helitourism in the State of #Rajasthan

Are you ready for a ride ?

IRCTC Launches its Mobile App on Google App



IRCTC released its new ‘IRCTC Rail Connect’ Mobile App on Google play-store. IRCTC Rail Connect is one of the most awaited app as it contains following new features:


  • New Users, register and activate from App directly.
  • Advanced security features to use self-assigned PIN to login without entering username and password on each login. One step login to existing users.
  • Ladies & Premium Tatkal quota booking support added.
  • Current reservation facility.
  • Integrated with IRCTC e-wallet for faster and hassle free transactions.
  • Boarding point change functionality.
  • IRCTC website’s tickets are now synchronized with app. Now users can view, cancel or file TDR of e-tickets booked through official website ( and vice-versa.
  • Users can view the status of e-tickets booked through our authorized Online Travel Agents (OTA).
  • Users can view and cancel old mobile app tickets also.

You can download the “IRCTC Rail Connect App” Android mobile app from


Musical Events at the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2017


The Literati ‘Maha Kumbh’ of our times in its 10th year brings in the confluence of Music and prose like never before. Prepare to be blown away by an eclectic mix of talent that has descended in the historic and beautiful ‘Pink city’. There truly couldn’t be a more apt setting to this high octane yet soulful unraveling of the most incredible Literature festival on earth.

Here is a lowdown on JLF- the musical just for you. Plan your days for JLF so that you don’t miss out on any of the incredible events!


19th January 2017

9.15 AM / Diggi Palace, Front Lawns 

Shillong chamber Choir : After Winning India’s got talent, this talented group went on to win 3 gold medals at the World Choir games. Equally adept at Western Classical, Hit-rock, Khasi folk Music and opera, they are indeed a treat to watch.


Nathu Lal Solanki : He hails from the legendary ‘Pushkar Sangeet Gharana.This master percussionist and his Nagara are a part of Rajasthan’s musical heritage. He is a master of ‘Kuchmani Khayal’ and his performances are mesmerizing and unforgettable.

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7.30-9.45 PM / Clarks Amer

Rajasthan Josh : Who doesn’t know Chugge Khan and band, also called Rajasthan Josh. They fill in this incredible space which brings together Rajasthani, Punjabi and Sufi influences of Music together.They come from the tradition of ‘Bhakti’ and ‘Sufi’ wherein the each musical piece is a guftagoo of deep divine love between the almighty & the mortal soul.


Kabir Cafe : Neeraj Arya will be the Voice of Kabir. Over last 8 years, he has taken his poetry across the country. Mir mukhtiyar and Prahald Tipanya and their folk music together with poetry of Arya is Kabir Cafe.


20th January 2017

9.15 AM / Diggi Palace, Front Lawns

Swanand Kirkire : The multi-talented writer, poet, lyricist, actor, music director, singer and theater personality is here at JLF. You have heard him on Coke-studio and Dewarist, collaborating with Zeb and Haniya on the exceedingly soulful ‘Kaho Kya Khayal Hai ?, you have heard his ‘Bande Mein Tha Dum’ from Munnabhai MBBS,  ‘Behti Hawa sa tha woh’ from 3-Idiots and ‘Manjha’ from ‘Kai Po che’. You can’t give him a miss.


Ankur Tiwari & Ghalat Family:  He is a playback singer and Music-director from the Indian music industry. Through his 10 year journey from a hotel trainee to music can be nothing but a story of passion. He is actually a storyteller who is just narrating his beautiful simple stories through have heard his ‘Galliyan’ from Ek Tha Villian,O-Yara’ from Bin roye‘ and ‘Sun raha hai na tu’ from Aashiqui -2.


7.30-9.45 PM / Clarks Amer

Bombay Bassment : The first Indian hip-hop band to perform at the prestigious ‘Glastonbury’ , members of Bombay Bassment are two Goans, one Mumbaiker, and one Kenyan. Together, Levin Mendes (drums), Ruel Barretto ( bass), Chandrashekhar Kunder and Bob Omulo aka MC Bobkat make tunes that brings together hip hop, drum ‘n’ bass, and elements of funk and reggae.


Inna Modja : she is a Malian-french singer.With hits like Mr H, La File Du Lido and French Cancan. She is a singer and song writer who expresses her music based on Motown Soul, Sahel Desert Blues, Mandinka guitars and Kora meets hip-hop.


7.30 / Ganesh Pole, Amer Fort

Rhythm and Rhyme : will be an evening of poetry readings held at Amber Fort, Jaipur on Friday, 20th January at 7.30 PM. Bringing together voices from two sides of the globe, the session will witness readings by celebrated American poet Anne Waldman and the renowned Bollywood lyricist Swanand Kirkire. This will be followed by Sarod Recital by Padma Vibhushan Ustad Amjad Ali Khan at the Amber Fort.


21st January 2017

9.15 AM / Diggi Palace, Front Lawns

Padmini Rao : Classical Singer Padmini Rao has quite a lineage. From the North Indian Classical Gharana of Kirana, she has trained under ‘Padmabhushan’ Dr Prabha. She has learnt Sitar from ‘Padmini Dagar’ and Drupad & Veena from Diwangat Maestro Zia Moinuddin Khan Dagar‘.


7.30-9.45 PM / Clarks Amer

Soulmate : Inspired by the roots and groove sounds of the Blues, Blues-rock, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, funk and R&B, Soulmate was formed when Rudy Wallang and Tipriti Kharbangar decided to form a band dedicated to spreading awareness about the Blues genre.


Beth Orton & Sam Amidon : Beth Orton is a singer and songwriter who has released six trailblazing albums, including the BRIT Award-winning Central Reservation, and 2012’s ‘Sugaring Season’, which Vogue described as ‘a beautiful and timely album, filled with melancholy’. Sam Amidon is a singer/banjoist/fiddler/guitarist originally from Brattleboro, Vermont. He has released five acclaimed albums of radically reimagined folksongs on the Bedroom Community and Nonesuch labels, most recently 2014’s Lily-O.

Beth Orton and Sam Amidon

Mujra se Multiplex tak : will take the audience on a journey through the magical realm of entertainment at Hawa Mahal. Coursing through the ever changing world of cultural entertainment, the session will explore how the audiences at entertainment venues have evolved over the years. Writer and musician Vidya Shah will reflect on these changes through song while actor Luke Kenny punctuates them with poignant poetry and quirky banter.


22nd January 2017
9.15 AM / Diggi Palace, Front Lawns

Debashish Day : He is a classical singer specialising in Thumri, Dadra, Thappa , Chaiti and Kajri. He is also well known for his Bhajan style of singing.

7.00-10.00 PM / Clarks Amer

Lisa Hannigan : Lisa Hannigan’s haunting voice has featured on soundtracks for TV series Fargo and Oscar-winning Gravity and she has collaborated with artists as diverse as Ray LaMontagne, Richard Hawley and Herbie Hancock. Her new album At Swim is her most bewitching yet.


Aga Khan All Stars : Aga Khan Music Initiative, a programme of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, is an inter-regional music and arts education programme to preserve, transmit and develop musical heritage in contemporary forms. The Aga Khan Music Initiative Ensemble brings together the Initiative’s leading artists and AKTC’s collaborators of the past fifteen years. These master musicians are not only brilliant performers, but also pioneering composers, arrangers, improvisers, teachers, and mentors. They bring all of these talents and abilities to bear on their work with the Aga Khan Music Initiative, drawing inspiration from the past to create new music, and playing an active role in the Music Initiative’s education programme. Homayoun Sakhi on the Afghan rubab, Wu Man on the pipa, Saxophonist and composer Basel Rajoub, Salar Nader on tabla, Andrea Piccioni on single-headed frame drums, and qanun player Feras Charestan. The Ensemble will perform a newly created repertoire of compositions, improvisations and contemporary arrangements inspired by tradition.


Raghu Dixit : Their infectious, happy music transcends age, genre and language. From playing to over 100,000 people in Karnataka, to Glastonbury and even playing for the Queen of England, Dixit has done it all! Have a great time to their earthy, rooted, vibrant yet simple fun.


23rd January 2017

9.15 AM / Diggi Palace, Front Lawns

East meets Middle East : It’s a confluence of Middle East and South Asian Musical heritage. Subrat bhattacharya (Tabla), Abhishek Lohiri (Sitar), Rony Maili on Barbat and George on the percussion. They will dissolve boundaries as their music will bring together North African, Middle eastern and South Asian nuances of music.


So go ahead, book your tickets here and spend your evening in the company of the musical greats that India and the world is here to offer at JLF.

This new airline service will make you forget the train travel within Rajasthan


Now flying for your business trips or your family reasons has become affordable with Supreme Airlines! Forget those waiting train tickets, tatkal rushes and long train journeys between Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Bikaner!



Supreme Air Lines is the recently introduced airlines which operates intra-state flights for six days in a week with 9-seater plane Sesana Caravan-C 208B. Its flights operate among major cities of Rajasthan for air service to tourists, businessmen and others at cheaper rates.



The flight starts from Jaipur at 10:15 AM to reach Jodhpur at 11:30 AM and fly back at 11:45 AM hours from Jodhpur to reach Jaipur at 13:00 PM. At 4:30 PM, the plane flies from Jaipur to reach Udaipur at 6:00 PM and fly back at 6:15 PM from Udaipur to reach Jaipur 7:45 PM. For both these flights, minimum airfare has been fixed at Rs. 3,499 per ticket.

Apart from that, if you are flying with your family, business colleagues and friends flying becomes affordable with Supreme Charters. If you are a group of 8/9 passengers planning for optimum utilization of your time and resources, Supreme offers the most apt charter aircraft for your trip. More than 8/9 passengers can also be accommodated in multiple Cessna Caravan aircrafts operated by Supreme Charters.


Regular business travelers and tourists are getting a boost with the launch of this air connectivity service in Rajasthan. Destinations like Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur of world-class tourism, religious, historical and heritage importance could be visited in less travel time out of these air operations by Supreme Airlines .

Bookings are available on airport and major air travel sites! Happy flying 🙂

Visit: Supreme Air Lines


Entry restricted in Amer Fort and Hawa Mahal on January 20-21, 2017



Owing to this year’s Jaipur Literature Festival, the entry to the Amber Fort will be closed for visitors after 03.00 pm (1500hrs) on January 20th , 2017. Besides, the night tourism at the fort will also be curbed the same day.  Since this year, as per the new collaboration between Rajasthan tourism department and Fest organizers,  Amber Fort will be playing host for an event of the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival the same evening.

hawa mahal night

Similarly, Hawa Mahal will play host to the evening cultural events for the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival the very next day, i.e January 21st, 2017 and shall remain closed for tourists and visitors post 03.00 pm.

Plan your trip to the Jaipur’s most famous historical monuments, if you are visiting these places during these dates.


A New Leopard Sighting Destination in Rajasthan


Rajasthan encloses a spectacular world of heritage, culture and adventurous experiences, within which wild life contributes a major part to the excitement of tourists in the state.

Although tiger sighting interests the tourists more, in recent years, the so far neglected on the tourist circuit, leopard safari attraction has gained popularity once again!


Following the Jhalana Forest Reserve in Jaipur gaining great tourist attention due to the leopard sightings, the tourism department and Government of Rajasthan have developed Bala Quila leopard safari in Alwar. After the 2005 when there were no tigers left in Sariska, tourists now have started returning to the reserve, this time not just for the tigers, but also leopards who now hog the limelight!

Bala Quila Forest Safari

Bala Kila  Alwar
Bala Quila Alwar (Image via google)

Bala Quila is an ancient fort perched atop a steep cliff of Aravali range which is nearly 304 meters high. The fort has been a standing sentinel to the crumbling history of valor and chivalry. Bala Quila forest department majorly runs forest safaris through 10 private registered gypsies accompanied by nature guides over the 24 km stretch in the three hour safari. From March 2017, the forest department plans to install cameras too at strategic points. Covered under the Sariska Tiger Reserve buffer zone, the Bala Quila forest safari has picked up pace with the tourists, both domestic and foreign. Situated in the heart of Alwar City of Rajasthan, the Bala Quila Eco Tourism site is a unique experience with 10 Leopards, hyenas, porcupines, and different species of birds. A Black Eagle was recently spotted here which is rare in this part of the globe. Apart from the dense forest, the safari offers an added attraction of the 14th century fort with a panoramic view and a few quaint old temples.

There are six safari circuits in Alwar. Among them four are: Bala Quila Eco Tourism area, Bara Liwari Eco Tourism route, Seliserh route and Bala Quila Sugan Hodi.

Safari Tariff

A three hour Safari costs Rs 1,360 per gypsy. The breakup for which is Rs 1,000 for the gypsy, Rs 200 for the nature guide and Rs 160 as eco-development fee. Until next orders, you can also take your private cars by paying Rs 50 per vehicle and Rs 10 per head.

If you too agree that there is something quite mesmerizing about seeing a leopard in the wild then this is the safari you should plan soon 🙂

ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2017 Programme Schedule


The Zee Jaipur Literature Festival is just a couple of days away (19-23 January 2017), and you are one of those who don’t want to miss any important reading, interview session at any cost. So, here’s a list of all the sessions including cultural and musical evenings at Diggi Palace, Amer Fort, Hawa Mahal and other venues . Enjoy 🙂

Jaipur Literature Festival 2016

9:15-9:50   Morning Music: 
Shillong Chamber Choir
10am- 11am   1. Keynote Address: Gulzar & Anne Waldman        
11:15am – 12:15pm 2. One Child: The Past and Future of China’s Most Radical Experiment:
Mei Fong introduced by Suhasini Haidar
3. Plenty:
David Hare in conversation with Raja Sen
4. Jawai: The Land of the Leopard
Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Jaisal Singh and Ruth Padel in conversation with Meru Gokhale
5. Migrations:
Lila Azam Zanganeh, Sholeh Wolpé, Vladimir Lucien and Valzhyna Mort in conversation with Tishani Doshi
6. Global Hindi: The Desi Diaspora:
Anu Singh Choudhary, Divya Mathur, Nand Kishore Pandey and Francesca Orsini in conversation with Philip A. Lutgendorf
7. Wordsmith:
Patricia Forde introduced by Nandana Sen
12:30pm – 1:30pm 8. Murder, Madness and the Oxford English Dictionary:
Simon Winchester introduced by Jonathan Shainin
9. Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy
Sadhguru in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy
10. Saakshi: The Witness:
S.L. Bhyrappa in conversation with Vivek Shanbhag
11. How Green Was My Valley:
Naseem Shafaie and Neerja Mattoo in conversation with Neelesh Misra Presented by Kashmir Loom
12. A Life With the Trilobites:
Richard Fortey introduced by Valmik Thapar
13. Imagine: The Freedom to Dream:
Anne Waldman introduced by Puneeta Roy
1.40pm – 2.20pm 14. The Enigma of Amma
Vaasanthi in conversation with Sudha Sadhanand
14A. Eternal Cities: Encounters and Inspirations
Abhay K, Amruta Patil Marcos Giralt Torrente in conversation with Rob Schmitz
Presented by Mahindra World City
14B. Book Launch: State of India’s Environment, 2017, released by Sunita Narain   LUNCH 14C. Lady Driver: 
Chand Sakshi, Meenu Vadera and Poonam in conversation with Urvashi Butalia Presented by Azad Foundation
2:30pm – 3:30pm 15. Of Black Swans and Intellectual Fallacies:
Nassim Nicholas Taleb introduced by David McWilliams
16. The Sellout
Paul Beatty in conversation with Meru Gokhale
17. Cultural Encounter: Sanskrit at the Mughal Court:
Audrey Truschke introduced by Kavita Singh
18. Azaadi Mera Brand: Walking Free
Anuradha Beniwal in conversation with Swanand Kirkire
19. Marks of Identity:The Romance of Spanish:
Javier Montes, Marcos Giralt Torrente, Marina Perezagua and Sheila Cremaschi in conversation with Guillermo Rodríguez
20. Negotiating the Net in the Teen Years:
Clare Azzopardi in conversation with Anu Singh Choudhary
3:45pm – 4:45pm 21. The Foreign Correspondents Club:
Dexter Filkins, Luke Harding, Madeleine O’Dea, Mark Tully, Mei Fong and Robert F. Worth in conversation with Suhasini Haidar
22. The Legacy of the Left:
Timothy Garton Ash and Mridula Mukherjee in conversation with Patrick French
23. The Roots of Yoga:
Mark Singleton and Jim Mallinson in conversation with Sudha Gopalakrishnan
24. Lost Kingdoms: The Hindu and Buddhist Golden Age in South East Asia:
John Guy introduced by Kavita Singh Presented by Avid
25. The Quest for life: Spiritual and Material Strivings of Rural Rajasthan: Bhrigupati Singh and Hari Ram Meena introduced by Ashutosh Varshney 26. Big Cat Story:
Anjali Singh and Sanjna Kapoor in conversation
4.45pm – 5:15pm 26A. 26B. Book Launch: The Sari of Surya Vilas by Vayu Naidu 26c. BOOK LAUNCH31 Miles by Vinita Bakshi TEA TEA 26D. Book Launch: EKAM:The Supreme Oneness by Sangeeta Gupta released by Keki Daruwalla
5:15pm – 6:15pm 27. We The People of India:
Ashok Desai in conversation with Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Madhav Khosla
28. Kitna Kuch Jeevan:
Manav Kaul and Swanand Kirkire in conversation with Satyanand Nirupam
29. In Search of a Muse: On Writing Poetry:
Anne Waldman, Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, Ishion Hutchinson, Kate Tempest, Tishani Doshi and Vladimir Lucien in conversation with Ruth Padel
30. Blood and Flowers:
Amruta Patil introduced by Namita Gokhale
31. Amrutara Santana: The Dynasty of the Immortals:
Chandrahas Choudhury, in conversation with Jatindra K. Nayak
Jaipur BookMark
32. Poetry Hour 7×7: Kavita Nirantar:
Ambika Dutt, Angélica Freitas, Madhup Mohta and Nandana Sen, moderated by Sukrita Paul Kumar
7.30pm EVENING PERFORMANCE            






9:15-9:50am   Morning Music        
10:00am – 11am 33. Suspected Poetry: Gulzar and Pavan K. Varma in conversation 34. Ginsberg and the Beat Generation
Anne Waldman and Kunga Tenzin Dorji in conversation with Pragya Tiwari
35. W.B. Yeats: The Arch Poet:
Roy Foster introduced by Tishani Doshi
36. Navras: Understanding Indian Aesthetics:
Alka Pande, Harsha Dehejia, James McHugh and Makarand Paranjape in conversation with Mrinal Pande
Presented by Getty
37. How Bitter the Tale of Love: Pleasure in Ottoman IstanbulCemal Kafadar introduced by Vedica Kant 38. Mamma ki Diary:A Mother’s Tale:
Anu Singh Choudhary in conversation with Deepa Agarwal
11:15am – 12:15pm 39. Kohinoor:
Anita Anand and William Dalrymple introduced by Swapan Dasgupta 
Presented by Getty
40. Before We Visit the Goddess:
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni in conversation with Shrabani Basu
41. The Heart Has Its Reasons:
Ira Trivedi and Ravinder Singh in conversation with Lucy Beresford
42. Across the Rivers: Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb:
Saeed Naqvi in conversation with Pavan K. Varma
43. The Heart:
Maylis de Kerangal in conversation with Amrita Tripathi
44. Do Tigers Drink Blood and Other Mysteries of Nature:
Arefa Tehsin
12:30pm – 1.30pm 45. Man Tiger:
Eka Kurniawan in conversation with Deborah Smith
46. Main Shayar Toh Nahin
Rishi Kapoor in conversation with Rachel Dwyer
47. The Poetry of Amazement:
Vikram Chandra in conversation with Tishani Doshi
48. Look Back in Anger: Writing and Remembering:
Ajay Navaria and Hari Ram Meena in conversation with Anu Singh Choudhary
49. By Steppe, Desert and Ocean: The Birth of Eurasia:
Barry Cunliffe introduced by Tim Whitmarsh Presented by Aga Khan Foundation

Aspire: The Freedom to Dream:
Mridula Koshy in conversation with Puneeta Roy

1:40pm – 2:20pm 51.Writing Our Times:
Manu Joseph and Karan Mahajan in conversation
51A. Baahubali:
Anand Neelkantan, S.S. Rajmouli and Prasad Devineni in conversation with Sudha Sadhanand
Presented by Westland
51B. Book Launch: Living With Tigers by Valmik Thapar, released by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje with readings by Sanjna Kapoor 51C. Matters of Faith
Ruth Padel and Ravi Shankar Etitheth in conversation with Vayu Naidu
LUNCH 51D. Book Launch:Farmer Falgu Goes Kite Flying by Chitra Soundar released by Sayoni Basu
2:30pm – 3:30pm 52.Queen Victoria:
A.N. Wilson introduced by Shrabani Basu
53. The Line of Beauty:
Alan Hollinghurst in conversation with Chandrahas Choudhury
54. The Tamil Story:
Imayam Annamalai, Kannan Sundaram and Subhashree Krishnaswamy in conversation with Sudha Sadhanand
Presented by Westland
55. On Disparity Among Indian States:
Prerna Singh and Antara Ganguli introduced by Ashutosh Varshney
56. Uttara Kanda: Searching Sita:
Arshia Sattar and Volga in conversation with Vayu Naidu
Women Uninterrupted
57. Learning to Learn: Creativity and Happiness:
Lucy Beresford and Shubha Vilas in conversation with Shazia Omar
3:45pm – 4:45pm 58. The Unravelling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq:
Emma Sky, Dexter Filkins, Hardeep Singh Puri and Robert F. Worth in conversation with Jonathan Shainin
59. Narasimhanomics and the Legacy of Reforms:
Vinay Sitapati and Sanjaya Baru in conversation with Surjit Bhalla
60. Captives:
Linda Colley introduced by Sunil Khilnani
Presented by BBC History
61.The Pleasures and Perfections of Sanskrit:
Jim Mallinson, S.R. Bhatt and Sudha Gopalakrishnan in conversation with Vikram Chandra
62. The Master:Vivekananda and his Teachings:
Hindol Sengupta and Reba Som in conversation with Makarand Paranjape
4.45pm – 5:15pm 63A. Book Launch: The Promise of Beauty & Why it Matters by Shakti Maira, released by Geeta Chandran, Namita Gokhale and Ruth Padel 63B. Book Launch: Sahitya Alochan ki Adhar Bhoomi by Nand Bhardwaj Released by Justice Shiv Kumar Sharma, C.P. Deval, Hari Ram Meena and Durgaprasad Agarwal TEA TEA TEA 63C. Book Launch:Naad Anunaad: Haiku Anthology edited by Kala Ramesh, Sanjuktaa Asopa and Shloka Shankar
5:15pm – 6:15pm 64. Of Saffron and the Sangha:
Dattareya Hosabale and Manmohan Vaidya in conversation with Pragya Tiwari
65. A World of Disruptions:
Emma Sky, Ha-Joon Chang, Nassim Nicholas Taleb and Sadaf Saaz in conversation with Patrick French
66. Gambits and Game Changers: Relooking the Indian Economy:
Mihir S. Sharma and Surjit Bhalla, in conversation with John Elliott
67. The Craftsman:
Richard Sennett introduced by Kavita Singh
68. “I Resemble Everyone But Myself”: Understanding A.K. Ramanujan:
Guillermo Rodríguez in conversation with Philip A. Lutgendorf and Arshia Sattar
Jaipur Bookmark
69. Poetry Hour 7×7: Kavita Nirantar:
Harsha Dehejia, Monica Gaur, Pierre Joris and Shanta Acharya, moderated by Keki Daruwalla
7.30pm EVENING PERFORMANCE            






9:15am- 9:50am   Morning Music: 
Padmini Rao
10:00am – 11am 70. The Page is Mightier than the Screen:

Alan Hollinghurst, David Hare, Neil Jordan, Richard Flanagan and Ritesh Batra in conversation with Chandrahas Choudhury


71. The Biographer’s Ball:
A.N. Wilson, Andrew Roberts, David Cannadine, Lucinda Hawksley, Roy Foster and Suzannah Lipscomb in conversation with Anita Anand
72. Civil Wars: From Antiquity to ISIS: David Armitage introduced by Vedica Kant 73. Traditions of Healing: Travels Through Indian Medicine: Aarathi Prasad introduced by Bhrigupati Singh 74. The Tartan Turban: A Scots-American at Ranjit Singh’s Court: John Keay introduced by William Dalrymple 75. Not Yet!:

Nandana Sen introduced by Arefa Tehsin

11:15am – 12:15pm 76. Magna Carta: The Spirit of Justice:

Claire Breay, Chintan Chandrachud, David Carpenter and Helena Kennedy in conversation with Patrick French


77. Standing on an Apple Box: Memoirs and Memories:

Aishwaryaa Rajinikanth Dhanush in conversation with Sudha Sadhanand

78. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World: A.N.D. Haksar, Alex Watson and Tim Whitmarsh in conversation with Arshia Sattar 79. The Heart of the Story:
Clare Azzopardi, Keki Daruwalla, Mark Tully and Mridula Koshy in conversation with Sunil Sethi
80. Far Districts and Sounding Ground: Two Caribbean Poets:
Ishion Hutchinson and Vladimir Lucien in conversation with Tishani Doshi
81. Terribly Tiny Tales and Beyond
Anuj Gosalia and Chintan Ruparel
12:30pm – 1:30pm 82. The Secret History of Capitalism:
Ha-Joon Chang introduced by Sanjeev Sanyal
83. Brexit:
A.N. Wilson, Andrew Roberts, Linda Colley, Surjit Bhalla and Timothy Garton Ash in conversation with Jonathan Shainin
84. On Cultural Appropriation:
Ajay Navaria, Jim Mallinson, Mark Singleton, Mrinal Pande and Yassmin Abdel-Magied in conversation with Pavan K. Varma
85. Kalidasa: The Eternal Poet:
A.N.D. Haksar and Bibek Debroy in conversation with Alka Pande
86. The Street of Eternal Happiness:
Rob Schmitz introduced Samanth Subramanian
87. Awakenings: Freedom to Dream:
Ornit Shani in conversation with Puneeta Roy
1:40pm – 2:20pm 88. Debate: Building a Country: Science or the Liberal Arts?:
Bohdan Krawchenko, Devesh Kapur, Dipankar Gupta, Michael S. Roth, Sukrita Paul Kumar and Tarun Khanna moderated by Shail Mayaram
Presented by Aga Khan Foundation and Wesleyan University
88A. The Kahaani Connection: Story of My Stories: Neelesh Misra introduced by Rahul Pandita   88B. Book Launch:Court Singing of Rajasthan: Mand and Rajasthani Folk Songs by Krishna Mohan Bhatt    
2:30pm – 3:30pm 89. Akbar: Kitna Itihas, Kitna Upanyas: Shazi Zaman in conversation with Ravish Kumar 90.Parikrama:
Narendra Kohli in conversation with Anant Vijay
91. Olympus: Devdutt Pattanaik introduced by Amrita Tripathi 92. Sur, Sangeet, Sahitya: Writing about Music:
Mrinal Pande and Yatindra Mishra in conversation with Vidya Shah
93. Naari Chetna: Naye Swar — Women Voices: New Writing from Rajasthan:
Manisha Kulshreshtha,Rajani Morwal, Tasneem Khan and Uma in conversation with Durgaprasad Agarwal
Presented by Mahindra World City
94. Quiz:
Siddharth Basu
3.45pm – 4.45pm 95. The Dishonourable Company: How the East India Company Took Over India:
Giles Milton, John Keay, Jon Wilson, Linda Colley and Shashi Tharoor in conversation with William Dalrymple
96. Things to Leave Behind:
Namita Gokhale in conversation with Mrinal Pande and Sunil Sethi
97. Winner or Loser? Does the 21st Century Belong to China?:
Dambisa Moyo, Madeleine O’Dea, Mei Fong and Rob Schmitz in conversation with C. Raja Mohan
98. Indica:
Pranay Lal in conversation with Pradip Krishen introduced by Richard Fortey
99. The Rest is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century:
Alex Ross introduced by Ruth Padel
100. The Incredible History of India’s Geography:
Sanjeev Sanyal introduced by Hindol Sengupta
4:45pm – 5:15pm 100A. Book Launch: Litro Magazine by Erik Akoto, released by Shashi Tharoor 100B. Book Launch:Capitals by Abhay K, released by Ruth Padel 100C. Kanhaiya lal Poetry Award TEA TEA  100D. Dainik Bhaskar Award
5:15pm – 6:15pm 101. Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working:
Dambisa Moyo and Ha-Joon Chang introduced by Mihir S. Sharma
102. At Home in the World
Angélica Freitas, Eka Kurniawan, Kyoko Yoshida, Vivek Shanbhag and Yassmin Abdel-Magied in conversation with Helena Kennedy Presented by Zindagi
103. Writing the Self: The Art of Memoir
Bee Rowlatt, Brigid Keenan, Emma Sky and Hyeonseo Lee in conversation with Samanth Subramanian Presented by Getty
104. Dark Night of the Soul: Crime and Literature:
Franck Thilliez and Vikram Chandra in conversation with Mita Kapur
105.Translators: Centre Stage:
Arunava Sinha and Deborah Smith in conversation with Neeta Gupta
Jaipur Bookmark
106. Poetry Hour 7×7: Kavita Nirantar:
Winner of the Kanhaiyalal Poetry Award, Punam Chadha-Joseph, Dushyant,Kaajal Oza Vaidya, Naseem Shafaie and Neeraj Daiya, moderated by Sudeep Sen
7.30pm EVENING PERFORMANCE            





9:15-9:50am   Morning Music: Debashish Dey        
10:00am – 11am 107. Napoleon the Great:
Andrew Roberts introduced by Swapan Dasgupta
108. Ardor: On the Vedas:
Roberto Calasso in conversation with Devdutt Pattanaik
109. The Narrow Road to the Deep North:
Richard Flanagan in conversation with Manu Joseph
Presented by Getty
110. Channelling Creativity:
Christopher Merrill, Karim Alrawi, Kyoko Yoshida, Natasa Duruvicova and Vivek Shanbhag in conversation with Chandrahas Choudhury
111. Sons and Lovers: Artists and their Families:
David Park and Marcos Giralt Torrent in conversation with Mridula Koshy
112. Experiments with Truth:
Janhavi Prasada introduced by Madhav Khosla
11:15am – 12:15pm 113. Puranas:
Bibek Debroy and Pushpesh Pant introduced by Jim Mallinson
114. Remembering the Raj
Shashi Tharoor in conversation with Michael Dwyer
115. Fiction and the Spaces in Between:
Ashok Ferrey, Kyoko Yoshida and Marina Perezagua in conversation with Sunil Sethi
116. A Line in the Sand: Sykes, Picot and the Shaping of the Middle East:
James Barr, Christopher Sykes, Tarun Khanna and Robert F. Worth in conversation with Vedica Kant
117. Engaging with India: The ‘Margins’ and the ‘Mainland’:
Dhrubajyoti Bora, Sanjoy Hazarika and Teresa Rehman in conversation with Urvashi Butalia
118. Vikram and Betal:
Deepa Agarwal and Natasha Sharma in conversation
12:30pm – 1.30pm 119. Citizens and Borders: Migration and Displacement:
Reena Saini Kallat, Tania Bruguera and Tiffany Chung in conversation with Sean Anderson
Presented by MOMA
120. The Colour of Money:
Ashwin Sanghi, Binod Chaudhury, Hindol Sengupta and Suhel Seth in conversation with Jyoti Malhotra
121. Jack the Ripper: An Establishment Cover Up:
Bruce Robinson introduced by A.N. Wilson
122.The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness:
Lila Azam Zanganeh introduced by Chandrahas Choudhury
123. The Art of Rivalry: Friendships, Betrayals and Breakthroughs in Modern Art:
Sebastian Smee introduced by Anindita Ghose
Presented by Avid
124. Ideate: Freedom to Dream:
Prasoon Joshi in conversation with Puneeta Roy
1:40pm – 2:20pm 125. Why the Future of Free Speech Depends on India
Timothy Garton Ash in conversation with Salil Tripathi
125A. Private Delhi:
Ashwin Sanghi in conversation with Ashok Ferrey
125B. Ojas Art Award 125C.The Camera in Jaipur:
Rahaab Allana and Sudhir Kasliwal in conversation with Giles Tillotson
LUNCH 125D. Book Launch:Rajasthani Stories Retold by Rima Hooja
2:30pm – 3:30pm 126. After the Angry Young Man, the Traditional Woman, What?:
Javed Akhtar introduced by Rachel Dwyer
127. The Art of the Novel: On Writing Fiction:
Adam Thirlwell, Alan Hollinghurst, Paul Beatty and Richard Flanagan in conversation with Manu Joseph
128. That Which Cannot be Said:
Hyeonseo Lee, Kanak Mani Dixit, Sadaf Saaz and Timothy Garton Ash and in conversation with Madhu Trehan
129. A Very Expensive Poison: The Story of the Murder of Litvinenko:
Luke Harding introduced by Jonathan Shainin
130. Celts from the West:
Barry Cunliffe introduced by Bryan Ward-Perkins
131. Teen Tales:
Anusha Subramaniam and Zuni Chopra in conversation with Ira Trivedi
3:45pm – 4:45pm 132. Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn: The Lovers who Changed History:
Suzannah Lipscomb introduced by Swapan Dasgupta
133. Jai Hanuman:
Philip A. Lutgendorf and Shubha Vilas in conversation with Arshia Sattar
134. On Tour with the Rolling Stones:
Christopher Sykes introduced by Alex Ross
135. Rewriting History: The Art of Historical Fiction:
Adam Thirlwell, Alan Hollinghurst, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Shazia Omar in conversation
136.Lost in Translation:
Deborah Smith, Francesca Orsini, Paulo Lemos Horta, Sholeh Wolpé and Radha Chakravarthy in conversation with Adam Thirlwell
Presented by Harvard University Press
Jaipur Bookmark
137. The Girl Who Chose:
Devdutt Pattanaik introduced by Ashok Ferrey
4:45pm – 5:15pm 137A. Book Launch: Narratives of Indian Modernity: The Aesthetics of BM Anand by Aditi Anand and Grant Pooke, foreward by Alka Pande, released by Jay Levenson 137B. Book Launch: Half Life by nitu, released by Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd) PVSM, UYSM, AVSM       137C. Book Launch:”So you can see in the Dark and other Indian essays” by Claudia Hyles released by William Dalrymple
5:15pm – 6:15pm 138. Mallika Dua: #nofilter:
Mallika Dua in conversation with Suhel Seth
139. The Art of the Screenplay:
Bruce Robinson, David Hare, Neil Jordan, Prasoon Joshi and Ritesh Batra in conversation with Raja Sen
140. Passage to America:
C.Raja Mohan, Devesh Kapur, Hardeep Singh Puri, Shivshankar Menon and Robert Blackwill in conversation with Jyoti Malhotra
Sunil Khilnani in conversation with Pragya Tiwari
Presented by Getty
142. Aadha Aasma:
Kaajal Oza Vaidya and Manisha Kulshreshtha introduced by Salil Tripathi
143. Poetry Hour 7×7: Kavita Nirantar:
Aidan Singh Bhatti, Atul Kanakk, Sangeeta Gupta, Suraj Mal Rao, Tajendra Singh Luthra and Volga moderated by Sadaf Saaz
 7:30pm EVENING PERFORMANCE            







9:15am-9:50am   Morning Music: East Meets Middle East        
10:00am – 11am 144. Manelists, Misogyny and Mansplaining:
Antara Ganguli, Anuradha Beniwal, Bee Rowlatt, Ruchira Gupta and Suhel Seth in conversation with Amrita Tripathi
145. Mother India: Indian Films and the National Narrative:
Imitiaz Ali, Javed Akhtar, Swanand Kirkire, Rachel Dwyer and Sudhir Mishra in conversation with Shubhra Gupta
146. The Ocean of Churn:
Sanjeev Sanyal in conversation with Sunil Khilnani
147. Being the Other:
Qaisra Shahraz, Saeed Naqvi, Sadia Dehlvi and Tabish Khair in conversation with Ornit Shani
148. Nathaniel’s Nutmeg: The Spice Trader Who Changed History:
Giles Milton introduced by William Dalrymple
149. The Joy of Yoga:
Ira Trivedi and Shazia Omar
11:15am – 12:15pm 150. The Girl with Seven Names:
Hyeonseo Lee introduced by Anita Anand
151. Between the Silences:
Neelima Adhar Dalmia and Vera Hildebrand in conversation with Salil Tripathi
152. The Fall of Rome and the End of Western Civilisation:
Bryan Ward-Perkins introduced by Tim Whitmarsh
153Sandalwood and Carrion: Smell and Perfume in Ancient India:
James McHugh introduced by Nidhi Dugar
Presented by Getty
154. A Syrian Warrior Poet in the Age of the Crusades:
Paul M. Cobb introduced by Max Rodenbeck
155. Rewilding a Rocky Desert:
Pradip Krishen introduced by Arefa Tehsin
12:30pm – 1:30pm 156. Footloose: The Travel Session:
Aarathi Prasad, Bee Rowlatt, Brigid Keenan, Nidhi Dugar and Simon Winchester in conversation with William Dalrymple
Presented by Aga Khan Foundation
157. Shakespeare’s Restless World:
Neil MacGregor introduced by Tim Supple
158. The Personal and the Political:
Manju Kapur and Tabish Khair in conversation with Ashok Ferrey
159. Adhunikta, Ek Khoj: A Search for Modernity:
Anu Singh Choudhary, Mrinal Pande, Nand Kishore Pandey and Saurabh Dwivedi in conversation with Aditi Maheshwari Goyal
160. Himal: The Rage of Nature:
Kanak Mani Dixit, Kunga Tenzin Dorji and Pushpesh Pant in conversation with Hridayesh Joshi
161. Explorations: Freedom to Dream:
Anuradha Beniwal in conversation with Puneeta Roy
1:40pm – 2:20pm 162. Khwaja Gharib Nawaz: A Message of Love
Imitiaz Ali, Reema Abbasi and Syed Salman Chishty in conversation with Sadia Dehlvi
 162A. 162B. Book Launch: Wisden Almanack 2017, Suresh Menon in conversation with Bishan Singh Bedi  162C. Poetry in Politics in Mogul India:
T.C.A Raghavan in conversation with Audrey Truschke
LUNCH  162D. Book Launch: Celestial Beings by Sidharth
2:30 pm- 3:30pm 163. In Many Tongues: Voices from Brazil, Iceland, Wales, Latvia, Mauritius, Luxembourg, Croatia and Macedonia:
Angélica Freitas, Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, Eluned Gramich, Inga Žolude, Issa Asgarally, Pierre Joris, Roman Simić and Rumena Buzarovska introduced by Alexandra Buchler
164. Empire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers:
Frank Trentmann introduced by Mihir S. Sharma
165. The Forever War: Dispatches from the War on Terror:
Dexter Filkins introduced by Max Rodenbeck
166. Leonardo Da Vinci:
Luke Syson

introduced by Neil MacGregor
Presented by Getty

167. Rajasthani: Bhasha ki Manyata:
C.P. Deval, Geeta Samour and K.C. Maloo in conversation with Nand Bhardwaj
Presented by Mahindra World City
168. You Got Magic!:
Neel Madhav introduced by Mallika Dua
3:45pm – 4:45pm 169. 170. Let them Eat Chaos: Kate Tempest in Performance:
Kate Tempest introduced by Tishani Doshi
171. The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man:
Luke Harding introduced by Samanth Subramanian
172. Invisible Libraries:
Danish Sheikh, Lila Azam Zanganeh and Mridula Koshy in conversation with Rick Simonson
173. One Thousand and One Nights and Conference of the Birds:
Paulo Lemos Horta, Sholeh Wolpé and Tim Supple introduced by Paul M. Cobb
174. Dalit Chetna: Hasyae ke Swar:
Ajay Navaria, Hari Ram Meena, Leeladhar Mandloi and Ratan Kumar Sambhria
4.45pm – 5:15pm     175. Kaljayee Premchand: Timeless Legacy
Satyanand Nirupam and Kamal Kishore Goenka
176. Women Waging Peace:
Dhrubajyoti Bora, Naseem Shafaie and Ornit Shani in conversation with Ruchira Gupta


Makar Sankranti- The Festival of Kites, Holy Dips and Delicious Delicacies



Festivals of India are globally popular for their rituals, customs and the fun element attached with them. One of the most popular festivals of India is Makar Sankranti! The festival of kites is best celebrated in the Jaipur City of Rajasthan.  We know you’re already charged up for the kite wars in sky while savoring a world’s supply of sesame and dal pakodis, but before you climb up the roof to cut your neighbor’s kite let us help you sneak into the festivities of Makar Sankranti celebrated with great enthusiasm in Jaipur 🙂


Most likely the Hindu festivals follow lunar calendar. Hence, the dates of festivals change every year. But Makar Sankranti is the only festival which falls on the same day i.e. 14th January every year as it follows the solar calendar. Predominantly known as the harvest festival, Sankranti is the day which officially marks the end of winter and beginning of spring – a transit symbolic of saying good bye to the season’s shivering struggle and the onset of a fresh new season with longer days and shorter nights!


The day of Makar Sankranti in Jaipur starts with taking a holy dip in the Kunds (natural water springs) inside the Galtaji temple which is one of the most sacred pilgrimages in Jaipur.

Soaring high on Pink City’s Sky

The Kite flying enthusiasts begin the preparations one night before the festival, then early morning innumerable colorful kites dot the skyline of Pink City- Jaipur to announce the festive beginning of the year. The Walled City enjoys kite flying on their houses’ terraces with high pitched music, Sankranti special delicacies in the company of their friends and family.  People from all age groups enjoy fluttering their kites. Not just the walled city homes, but the whole city is colorfully ornamented with different unique kites.  On a larger scale, special events are organized by tourism department on open grounds and the City Palace for the tourists and international kite flyers landed in Jaipur mainly for the Kite Festival. Jal Mahal Ki Pal becomes the epicenter of Kite festival in Jaipur, where kite flyers would challenge each other with their kites soaring high in the sky and the exciting duels with the winner taking it all!  Various cultural programmes like Rajasthani Dance performances, musical band and decorated kites exhibition enrich the whole Kite Festival experience in Jaipur.


kite fest

A transit from colors to lights

The special attraction since a couple of years is the sky balloon lantern. It appears as a million flickering fire flies dot the sky! As the sun begins to set, people release paper lamps from their terraces and the fascinating firework take over the sky by the late evening till night.



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Traditional Kite Markets of Jaipur

It’s not just the kite flying that grabs kite lovers’ attention during this season, but a vibrant and inviting canvas of colors and more colors that fetches everyone to these kite markets of Jaipur! Haldiyon Ka Rasta and HaandiPura are the nationally acclaimed markets that supply kites and Maanjha ‘the thread’ to other states too. A visit to these streets is a treat for eyes and you wouldn’t resist buying not few but so many kites and Maanjha.



Indulgent Sankranti Delicacies

Indian festivals are incomplete without special food and festive delicacies. Hence, Sankranti too has its share of goodies. The most popular traditional Makar Sankranti sweets and delicacies of Jaipur are Til ke laddoo, chakki, Gajjak, fini, Jalebi and different kinds of pakodas!!


As it happens to be a weekend as well to tempt you more, travel down to Jaipur and revel in the spirit of Makar Sankranti, which is celebrated by flying kites, victorious screams of ‘Wo Kaata’, holy dips, making merry and savoring delicious food!!

Happy Kite Flying !

Feel the Joy of Kite Flying on Makar Sankranti in Rajasthan


The festival of Kites – Makar Sankranti is celebrated all across in different styles and forms. The Kite Festival is often referred to as the harvest festival because this is the time when harvesting is completed and people get together to celebrate.


Unlike the other Hindu festivals that follow the motion of moon, Makar Sankranti follows the movement of the sun. This festival marks the beginning of the sun’s transit into the zodiac of Capricorn (Makar here refers to Capricorn, Sankranti is called transition).  And from this day onwards, winter is relieved slowly.  With the onset of clear skies and pleasant breeze everyone can be seen in a jubilant mood. On Makar Sankranti some people prefer to mark this auspicious day by bathing in the holy waters of various indian rivers like Ganga, Yamuna and donating  the needy utensils, clothes, food, etc; some rather enjoy by flying kites and soaring the sky!


Food plays a very important role in celebrating any festival, there are special preparations for this one too like Til Ke Laddoo, Dal Pakodi, Gajar Ka Halwa, Fini/ Phini, Gajak and other delicacies in every house of Rajasthan.



The tourism department of Rajasthan organizes a special programme on Makar Sankranti at the Jal Mahal ki Pal for the tourists on Makar Sankranti; there are kite wars, decorated kites exhibition and various cultural performances to enrich the entertainment!

Jal Mahal

The festivities of kite flying doesn’t end with the setting of Sun. As the sunsets and darkness prevails, kites are replaced with paper lamps and lanterns, and the night sky glows in its beauty. Check out our last year’s video



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So, come down to Rajasthan, especially Jaipur, and enjoy the spirit of  the fun filled festival of kites on 14th January 2017, to indulge in some real ‘patang bazi’.

Happy Makar Sankranti 🙂

It’s not just literary big leagues; art and culture with heritage backdrop will jazz up the JLF sessions


Jaipur Literature Festival 2016

As we are already excited about the Jaipur Literature Festival, which will host some of the most renowned literary heavyweights, an announcement on Friday about two “Heritage Evenings” is all set to raise the bar of the event to a new level. Rajasthan Tourism has collaborated with the Literature Festival this year to showcase poetry and music against the backdrop of two of Jaipur’s heritage monuments — the Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal on January 20 and 21.

Amer Fort

Replicating an “East meets West” scenario, the celebrated American poet Anne Waldman and polular Bollywood lyricist Swanand Kirkire will mesmerize visitors with their readings in a session named “Rhythm and Rhyme.” This evening of poetry readings will be held at Amber Fort on January 20 and will bring voices from two sides of the globe, followed by a sarod Recital by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, a recipient of the Padma Vibhushan,  India’s second highest civilian honour.

“Mujre Se Multiplex Tak,” will take the audience on a journey through the magical realm of entertainment at Hawa Mahal on the following evening.

Writer and musician Vidya Shah will reflect on these changes through song while actor Luke Kenny punctuates them with poignant poetry and quirky banter.

hawa mahal night

“With the support of Rajasthan Tourism, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival will celebrate the wonderful cultural and architectural heritage of the city of Jaipur through the Festival’s Heritage Evenings!  The exclusively curate evenings will offer an experience that uniquely places cultural performances within the context of the city’s built heritage and allows audiences to engage with these significant places in a new dimension.

This year’s list of speakers at the lit fest sees a host of Man Booker winners and nominees check out whom to listen in our next blog!