Excited for the upcoming Jaipur Literature Festival? Hope you’ve registered already, because they are fast running out. And for those who are surely going to be there, this blog is a small slice of what you can expect once you get there. Now, listing every single event is such a big task and it is already available on their website, so there is no point for us to get into it again.

However, here is a list of all the book launches that are going to happen during 23rd of January to 27th of January at the Jaipur Literature Festival. Enjoy 🙂

23rd January 2020

Timeless Tales From Marwar:

Vijaydan Detha and Vishes Kothari

About the Book: Timeless Tales from Marwar is a collection of epic folk tales from the heart of Rajasthan, curated from Detha’s 14 volume book called ‘Batan Ri Phulwari’. Expect stories about witches, desert warlocks, evil creatures, mad kings, crazy curses and much more.

About the Author(s): Vijaydan Detha is lovingly called the ‘Shakespeare of Rajathan’ because of his 50+ years of work into collecting, researching and authoring stories about the myths and legends of Rajasthan. He has received Padma Shree, Rajasthan Ratna Award, Sahitya Akademi Award amongst many others.

Timeless Tales from Marwar

Time: 11.15 AM
Venue: Charbagh
Book launch by: Hon. Chief Minister Shri Ashok Gehlot

The Vault Of Vishnu

The Vault Of Vishu

Ashwin Sanghi

About the Book: A Pallava prince travels to Cambodia to be crowned king, carrying with him secrets that will be the cause of great wars many centuries later. A Neolithic tribe fights to preserve their sacred knowledge, oblivious to the war drums on the Indo-China border. Caught in the storm is a young investigator with a complex past of her own, who must race against time to maintain the balance of power in the new world. Another one of Sanghi’s forays into the world of myth, history, action and intrigue.

About the Author(s): A Mumbaikar by birth, Ashwin Sanghi is one of India’s highest-selling authors. He has penned bestsellers like The Rozabal Line, Chanakya’s Chant, The Krishna Key etc. He has even penned down 2 crime thrillers with famed author James Patterson. Sanghi is currently on Forbes India’s list of the Celebrity 100.

Time: 1.40 PM
Venue: Front Lawn
Book launch by: Sonali Bendre Behl

Zen Inklings

Satish Gupta

About the Book: This book is a little treasure of Zen thoughts that can be carried with oneself, kept on the desk or by the bedside – a source of inspiration and a tool to help take a pause to reflect on what is of true value for spiritual and personal growth.

About the Author(s): Satish Gupta is a painter, sculptor, poet, writer, printmaker, muralist, designer and calligrapher. His works have a deep engagement with mysticism and Zen spirit. His works were exhibited at the Venice Biennale and at important museums internationally including Shanghai Museum of Modern Art. Gupta is known for his monumental copper sculptures.

Zen Whispers

Time: 1.40 PM
Venue: Mughal Tent
Book launch by: Jamie Andrews

Hari Bhari Umeed

Hari Bhari Umeed

Shekhar Pathak

About the Book: Hari Bhari Umeed is all about the famous Chipko Movement that connected the state of Uttarakhand to the whole world. Monikered a ‘bloodless revolution’ by Gandhi, it was commonly called the ‘Jungle Satyagraha’ before the name Chipko Movement stuck. Pathak’s book explores this diverse movement and is the first book to provide such an in-depth analysis of it.

About the Author(s): Shekhar Pathak is a historian and an avid traveller. He is a scholar through and through; and has published scores of research articles, papers and books. He has also edited 20 volumes of PAHAR. His works include the essay collection Mata Himalaya, Pita Himalaya and the soon to be completed The Idea of Opening of Himalaya.

Time: 11.15 AM
Venue: Charbagh
Book launch by: Hon. Chief Minister Shri Ashok Gehlot

Anthology Of Great Indian Poems

Abhay K

About the Book: Published by Bloomsbury, this anthology is one of Abhay K’s finest. It includes poems from various regions of the country; telling tales of love, loss and hope. The book bridges the gap classic and contemporary by being indulging yet very accessible to the general reader. The book has a total of 100 poems.

About the Author(s): Abhay K. is a renowned memoirist, poet and anthologist. He is the author of 8 poetry collections and has received the SAARC Literary Award for his excellence. His poem ‘Earth Anthem’ has been translated in over 50 languages. His edited anthology 100 Great Indian Poems is taught as study material for a course on Modern Indian Writing in Translation.

Anthology Of Great Indian Poems

Time: 4.45 PM
Venue: Mughal Tent
Book launched by: Chandrahas Choudhury

24th January 2020

The Cartiers

The Cartiers: The Untold Story Of The Family Behind The Jewellery Empire

Francesca C. Briskell

About the Book: The Cartiers is the fascinating tale of one of the world’s biggest jewellery empires. A groundbreaking story of 4 generations putting their blood, sweat and tears into fashioning some of the most artistic, aesthetically pleasing and crisp pieces of jewellery the world has ever seen. The legacy of this huge brand is revealed through this detailed and well-researched non-fiction piece.

About the Author(s): Francesca’s great-great-great-grandfather founded Cartier in 1847 so naturally she is the best fit to write this book. She is a highly sought after international lecturer and has given talks in major museums, auction houses, societies and universities. This book is the result of several years of research.

Time: 1.40 PM
Venue: Front Lawn
Book launched by: Diya Kumari

Black Dwarves Of Good Little Bay

Varun Thomas

About the Book: This dystopian novel is set in a future Mumbai, where the air is synthetic, technology is what drives man and no one remembers what the original Bombay was once like. Now known as Bombadrome, people live in a towering building that floats above the land. The central character is someone who remembers the past, and this memory is what will catapult him in the midst of a change like never before. Layered, scathing and pinching – Varun’s debut novel is stellar.

About the Author(s): Originally a lawyer with an ardent love for literature, 2019 is the year Thomas released his debut novel which immediately got shortlisted for Tata Literature Live First Book Award. Varun now lives in New Delhi, where he runs a technology law, public policy and human rights practice.

The Black Dwarves Of Good Little Bay

Time: 1.40 PM
Venue: Charbagh
Book launched by: Mahua Moitra

25th January 2020

Plassey

Plassey: The Battle That Changed The Course Of Indian History

Sudeep Chakravarti

About the Book: The Battle of Plassey, fought on 23 June 1757, changed the course of Indian history forever. When the short, sharp hostilities between the forces of the nawab of Bengal, Siraj-ud-daulah, and East India Company troops led by a Robert Clive, an ambitious soldier of fortune, ended, Britain was on its way to becoming the dominant force in the region. Using multilingual sources and a multidisciplinary approach, Sudep tells one of the best accounts of one of the turning points in Indian history.

About the Author(s): Sudeep studied history in the University of Delhi and has gone on to become one of India’s most respected commentators of conflict and conflict resolution. He is also an internationally acclaimed columnist and has published several bestselling non-fiction books inlcuding The Bengalis: A Potrait Of A Community, Red Sun and Highway 39.

Time: 1.40 PM
Venue: Front Lawn
Book launched by: Namita Gokhale

Low

Jeet Thayil

About the Book: Following the death of his wife, Dominic Ullis escapes to Bombay in search of oblivion and a dangerous new drug, Meow Meow. So begins a glorious weekend of misadventure as he tours the teeming, kaleidoscopic city from its sleek eyries of high-capital to the piss-stained streets, encountering a cast with their own stories to tell, but none of whom Ullis – his faculties ever distorted – is quite sure he can trust. Low is a blazing joyride through the dark lands of grief towards obliteration – and, perhaps, an epiphany.

About the Author(s): Jeet Thayil started writing fiction in 2006. Before that he had worked as a journalist for over 20 years in Mumbai, Bangalore, New York and Hong Kong. He is the recipient of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, Sahitya Akademi Award and has been nominated for the Man Booker Prize. Interestingly, he is also a poet and musician- having published 5 poetry collections and several musical collaborations.

Low

Time: 1.40 PM
Venue: Charbagh
Book launched by: David Godwin

Excelence Has No Borders

Excellence Has No Borders

BS Ajaikumar

About the Book: This book revolves around the real story of a world class doctorpreneur. BS Ajaikumar is an oncologist who has established some fine cancer hospitals in the country and has always strived to make cancer treatment budget friendly, accessible and approachable to all. This non-fiction book answers many questions that patients, newbie doctors and the gen pop has about cancer treatment and the process; like what is the condition of practising medicine in rural India, what opportunities lie for doctors abroad, how his hospitals make cancer treatment accessible and many more. 

About the Author(s): A renowned oncologist, BS Ajaikumar is the Chairman and CEO of HealthCare Global Enterprises Ltd. with over 40 years of experience. He has been awarded the prestigious E&Y Start-Up Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Asian Healthcare Leadership Awards. He constantly strives to make cancer treatment readily available to all and invests his time in several initiatives dedicated to healthcare, governance and education.

Time: 1.40 PM
Venue: Mughal Tent
Book launched by: Shashi Tharoor

The Shaadi Story: Behind The Scenes Of The Big Fat Indian Wedding

Amita Nigam Sahay

About the Book: In The Shaadi Story, social entrepreneur Amita Nigam Sahaya takes a fascinating look at the history, religious traditions, societal attitudes, industry and modern adaptations of the North Indian Hindu wedding and beyond. Drawing on ancient Sanskrit scriptures, western philosophies, Bollywood movies and the voices of young Indians, this book is an in-depth examination of Indian culture, its ideas of love and relationships, along with their evolution in the modern world, through the prism of its most elaborate celebration.

About the Author(s): Amita Nigam is the founder of three NGOs including Women Work and Health Initiative. A gender activist and social entrepreneur; she has authored 7 books and has translated several notable Hindi works like Jhansi Ki Rani and Lakshmibai written by her great-grandfather. She has even established two community education and development centers for the underprivileged in New Delhi.

Indian Wedding

Time: 4.45 PM
Venue: Charbagh
Book launched by: Amitabh Kant

26th January 2020

We Are The Champions

We Are The Champions

Rashmi Bansal and Devendra Tak

About the Book:  ‘We are the Champions’ is an inspirational book that features the stories of 15 boys and girls from underprivileged backgrounds who fought against all odds and injustice. By questioning ageold practices such as child marriage, child labour, dowry, trafficking and inequality of gender, they have brought real and lasting change in their communities. This book contains valuable lessons for students, teachers, social workers, NGOs and all citizens who care about a better, more inclusive India.

About the Author(s): Devendra Tak heads Media and Communication for Save the Children, a leading international child rights agency. An avid writer, Tak never found anything worthwhile to write a book about, until he met the children featured in his work. Rashmi Bansal is the author of eight bestselling nonfiction books, which chronicle the inspirational journeys of entrepreneurs and changemakers. She speaks at colleges across the country, encouraging young people to follow their dreams.

Time: 1.40 PM
Venue: Mughal Tent
Book launched by: Diya Kumari

Art Without Frontiers: Classical Dance And Music Of India

Sharon Lowen

About the Book: This book originated from the issues of Indian classical performing arts in the world context of presentation, performance training and learning traditions in the modern milieu by students and artists from non-traditional backgrounds. Many of the ideas presented here were shared during seminars between 1990 and 2018. The Art Without Frontiers seminars of the ‘90s  were in conjunction with a unique series of classical Indian dance and music festivals by artists of non-Indian origin that changed the perception that non-Indian practitioners of these arts could be regarded as artists and not merely students. 

About the Author(s): Sharon Lowen is a performing artist, teacher, choreographer and scholar, trained in Odissi, Mayurbhanj Chhau and Manipuri dance. She has presented and promoted Indian classical dance throughout the country and internationally for over 45 years. She is the founder of Manasa-Art Without Frontiers.

Art Without Frontiers

Time: 4.45 PM
Venue: Charbagh
Book launched by: Sanjay Arya

27th January 2020

Naina

Naina

Sanjeev Paliwal

About the Book: India’s most favourite news anchor, Naina Vashisht is murdered less than 500 metres from home when she goes for a jog in her neighbourhood park. As glamorous as she is ambitious, she is a name to reckon with in media and political circles, and crucial to the TRP of her channel. A lot of people admire her, and many more envy her―enough to want her to go away. Naturally, when she is found dead, suspects are many. Sanjeev Paliwal’s first novel in Hindi is an intriguing exploration of this mysterious murder.

About the Author(s): Sanjeev Paliwal is considered to be one of the pioneering Hindi TV journalists. He has been in the industry for 30 years and has worked with many prestigious Hindi newspapers such as Dainik Jagran, Amar Ujala and Aaj as well as leading channels like Doordarshan, BITV,  IBN7/News18 and TV Today. He currently works at Aaj Tak as a senior executive editor.

Time: 4.45 PM
Venue: Samvad
Book launched by: Neeraj Kumar

Hope that list helped you figure out what JLF is going to be like this year and maybe even help you plan your 5 days ahead of time. If you want to skip out on a few sessions and check out the city of Jaipur and its beautiful surroundings, book a stay with us and go on one of our exciting local tours. There are food walks, heritage walks, local tours and even some out station day trips that you could take advantage of.

Happy travels 🙂

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