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Some moments captured from the five day Jaipur Literature Festival- a carnival of literati in India. Being engulfed in a few controversies, with some haunting from last year, the speakers consisting of writers, professors, journalists, artists continued to attract thousands of people on day three and four. By Muhabit ul Haq Jaipur, India Pakistani-British author, Nadeem Aslam Rahul Pandita, Asiya Zahoor and Sidiq Wahid Listeners in the Bhaitak at Diggi Palace M.A. Farooqi, Syeda Hameed and Zakia Zaheer Jeet Thayil, Gagan Gill, Tishani Doshi and Sheniz Janmohamed Booker-Prize nominated author, Jeet Thayil.

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On Jan. 24, 2012, the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival started, with 285 speakers expected to speak in the five day long South-Asia’s major literary event. Muhabit ul Haq brings some of the moments of the day one. Thousands of people visited the festival on the first day, Jan. 24, 2012. Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama, speaking at the festival. Film actor, Kabir Bedi. Audience at the festival. Lyricist Javed Akhtar and actor wife Shabana Azmi. Pakistani authors, Musharraf Ali Farooqi and Jamil Ahmed in conversation with Aneesa Syed. International Man Booker Prize 2013 finalists announced.  

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I have never attended the Jaipur Literary Festival; nor does a visit loom in the foreseeable future. This is largely (but not wholly) because I have no taste for tamashas. Although unusual, this aversion is by no means unknown in the Indian subcontinent. I know of many writers and readers who share it, and I suspect that most of us were drawn to the world of books precisely because it provided an island of quiet within the din of tamasha-stan. My own inclinations make it difficult for me to understand why Salman Rushdie is so drawn to this festival. But

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Jaipur, January 21, 2012: The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2012 was awarded to Singapore based Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka for his book Chinaman (Random House, India), a novel that explores cricket as a metaphor to uncover a lost life and a lost history. Chinaman skilfully uses sport and the notion of fair play to look at Sri Lanka in a fresh and exciting way. Bhutan Queen mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck (right) congratulates Singapore-based Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka, for winning the DSC Prize for South Asia Literature 2012, at the Jaipur Literature Festival in Rajasthan on

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By Fahad Shah Jaipur, January 20: Putting off the controvery around his visit to the Jaipur Literature Festival, 2012, the world reknown author, Salman Rushdie has issued a statement which was read out here today at the venue by the Producer of the festival, Sanjoy Roy. Adding to the statement one of the directors of the festival, William Dalrymple said Rushdie is one of India’s great writers and people should shower rose petals on him rather than this. Rushdie has said that for the last several days he has made no public comment about his proposed trip to the Jaipur