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A feeling of Royalty, Rajasthali Resorts

“We were treated as Queens, a feeling of Royalty” – Manushi Chillar, Miss India World 2017

It was a memorable time for all to be able to host the Finalists of FBB Colors Femina Mis India 2017 and also to welcome Miss India World 2017, Ms. Manushi Chillar again at the Rajasthali Resorts and Spa.

Here is what the Beauty Queen had to say about the resort !

 

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Beauty adds magic to beauty

An amazing experience and honor for the Agarwal family, Mr. Girish Agarwal and Mr. Akash Agarwal, to host the 30 beauties and Finalists of the FBB Colors Femina Miss India 2017 at the Rajasthali Resorts & Spa.

What would one expect when you have the most beautiful women across 30 states in India, all coming together … well it just adds magic to the beauty of Rajasthali !

From an amazing and colorful welcome with the traditional pagdi, to puppet dolls, bangles and the beats of drums …. the finalists were welcomed and treated like Queens. Enjoying the resort stay at the rooms and the luxury tents, they have taken and given everyone at Rajasthali a memorable experience to be cherished !

Watch the video below to see the beauty queens …literally !!

Here are a few pictures of Manushi Chillar, Miss India World 2017 at the Resort

Join us at Rajasthali Resorts !

For information, tour and bookings contact me on +97155 77 11 606 (UAE) / +91750 640 3538 (India)

Or drop an email – barkhamahesh@gmail.com

 

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Wedding vows amidst luxury in nature

Marriages are made in heaven, the rituals are completed on Earth

Yes, and what more a beautiful place than one amidst nature, with the grand majestic mountains surrounding you and the starry night sky covering your dreams and manifesting your new love and binding them with the rituals adorned in luxury ! Heaven isn’t it ?

Wedding season seems far away or rather the wedding date is too far away for the couple getting married… but their excitement seems to only get the better of them when they have to find their dream wedding location !!

And Viola ! Here we come to the rescue … so we headed down with our lovely couple (all set to be married in November 2018) from Jaipur, Rajasthan (for those of you who haven’t been to India yet, it is a state known for its rich and princely cultural heritage) to the most heard about wedding destination in recent times and a hidden gem in the foothills of the grand Aravali mountains: the Rajasthali Resorts & Spa.

Located in Kukas, North of Jaipur, as we entered through the majestic gates of Rajasthali Resorts & Spa, we were welcomed by the green landscaped gardens spread across the expanse of the property.

Entrance Driveway to the main building

Entering the main palatial structure, Rajasthali’s beauty enveloped us into its tranquility and gave us the feel of a peaceful solace as we settled in after the warm and traditional Rajasthani welcome – Ram Ram Sa !

Rajasthali Resorts, as we found in our conversation with the Agarwal Family, is inspired by the grandeur and classic Rajput Royalty, where the family is aiming to give the leisure seeking traveler a taste of culture blended in natural surroundings.

From those of you who know me and my craze of nature and greenery would understand how I felt seeing nature’s beauty enveloping the resort which provided a perfect mix of Rajasthani hospitality with international service.

Entrance to the palatial building

As we toured the property, we totally fell in love with the exquisitely crafted luxury rooms in the main building and what took our breathe away were the luxury tents allowing you to experience the century old methods of the Royalty traveling across the vast desert and using tents for resting !

Rajasthali gives you a choice to spoil yourself whether you are an indoor or an outdoor person, it doesn’t matter , they have just the right room for you !

Now here was a little tussle between the to-be-bride and groom … one wanted to have their honeymoon suite indoor and the other outdoor … you can take a wild guess you wanted to stay outdoor !! LOL … I did not hear how that decision ended …left the love birds to sort it out !!

The luxurious rooms had beautiful long windows giving a feel of openess to the setting and decor ! Embedding the touch of gold finish to the furniture and decor gave it a rich and royal feel … I loved the way the room’s height was more than normal … reminded me of the typical arabian desert mansions with high ceilings … keeps the temperature cool !

My personal preference was the outdoor tents as I felt it gives you the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful mornings and the glittering starry sky just above ! How beautifully romantic is that ! I would have actually spent the night on the lounge chair by the pool as well and slept watching the stars above !

Luxury Tents with all the amenities

Coming from the event industry I have done the rounds with couples and families to see different venues in UAE and India, but trust me I loved the concept of the luxury tents … for a moment I got a glimpse of the movie Padmavat run like a flash through my mind !

Truly we found Rajasthali a very inviting and a beautifully perfect setting in between the mountains for weddings and special celebrations. Due to the stretch of area the property covers it has the capacity to accommodate large gatherings and also allowing the family to enjoy Royal luxury and hertiage. The grounds are huge enough for a lovely mandap …covered in a cozy tent or just under the open sky … and even having your sangeet there is an amazing idea … the band baaja baaraat style !!

And our dear couple were worried about one major reason of discussion among wedding guests (specially an Indian wedding) – THE FOOD ! We rested assured after tasting their amazingly rich Rajasthani cuisine that their guests are going to love the venue and the menu !!! Well for me … I think I was waiting for the crane to come lift me… LOL , I am just kidding ! I love food in Jaipur … OMG the hospitality of people there is par excellence … be ready to loosen your belts and keep that extra lining in your dresses or cholis … to breathe easy after the food !!

Dining Area

After the amazing lunch we toured the most relaxing part of the property – The Pavitra Wellness Spa !

I guess the best part of having the wedding here will be enjoying the spa and the pool the next day after the end of all the wedding ceremonies … relax and restore your tranquility with their Pavitra Wellness Spa ! We were all joking,  looks like the guests will not leave even after the wedding is over !! LOL !! To be seen …..

If you planning to take your wedding vows this year or wanting to celebrate your Union ? Or your years of togetherness … we totally recommend Rajasthali Resorts & Spa in Jaipur , Rajasthan.

Here’s a few shots of the pool and the tents at sunset !! I don’t know about you, but I booked myself for the summer holidays already … from the heat of Dubai to the cool rainy unpredictable weather of Jaipur …oh I love their untimely showers !! A blessing for us desert kids !!

Pool Side

 

Luxury Tents at Sunset

As we are gearing for our next wedding experience … a few images of the last wedding we had at Rajasthali Resorts & Spa …. check them below.

 

 

Oh and this trip doesn’t end here …. you have to know about the Miss World Pageant Contestants at the Rajasthali Resorts & Spa … got your attention …. that’s coming soon … oh you will love Manushi Chhillar , Miss India World 2017 ! Stay hooked to this space people !

For bookings connect with me on +97155 7711606 | +917506403538

Email – barkhamahesh@gmail.com

Visit Rajasthali Resorts & Spa Website – www.rajasthaliresort.com

 

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My Oscar moment … till I actually win the black beauty

It’s as big as an Oscar for me 🙂  So grateful for the honour …This is the almighty in whose eyes every work you do never goes unnoticed… …  it is nice to be appreciated by Associations when you are able to bring a positive change in the growth in your clients business through your work .. a satisfying moment …and  a total surprise too ! Receiving my felicitation from NAR India and RRA (Rajasthan Realtors Association) in Jaipur Hilton for Overseas Support to the Realtors of Jaipur, Rajasthan! An evening, for the Realtors of Jaipur, “Let’s Connect” was organised by GKB Group.

Thanks to my clients in Jaipur , our behind the scenes work gets recognized , is an honor to cherish. Thanks to my team – work and home – without whose quiet support, I would not have been able to receive this honor.

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ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2018 to feature dazzling Heritage Evenings to celebrate the city’s iconic monuments in partnership with Rajasthan Tourism

  • In association with Rajasthan Tourism, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival will feature two Heritage Evenings at iconic heritage locations in the city – Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal
  • Details of the Heritage Evenings
    • Under the Stars @ Hawa Mahal – The Troth-Usne Kaha Tha, a multimedia dance theatre performance, presented by Akademi. Friday, 26th January, 7:30 pm
    • A Majestic Evening @ Amber Fort – Sarangi maestro Ustad Kamal Sabri followed by Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi – A Tribute to Jagjit Singh by Shekhar Ravjiani. Sunday, 28th January, 7:30 pm

Music, theatre and cultural performances will captivate audiences at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2018 during two glorious Heritage Evenings. In association with Rajasthan Tourism, the Festival will host these grand events at Jaipur’s iconic Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal. Being held on the evenings of January 26th and 28th, these events will showcase spellbinding performances against the exquisite backdrop of monuments that celebrate the city’s rich cultural heritage.

 Under the Stars at Hawa Mahal features The Troth-Usne Kaha Tha, a multimedia dance and theatre production presented by Akademi, the UK’s leading producer of Indian dance, marking the centenary of World War I. It tells a story of love, loss and sacrifice against the horror and conflict of World War I. Inspired by film noir and the era of black and white films, The Troth will recount the story with use of film and subtitles and unfold the poignant narrative through interplay between image, music and dance. Award-winning choreographer Gary Clarke (winner of a UK Theatre Award 2016 for Achievement in Dance) leads the creative team. Through an intense experience, akin to silent films, audiences travel from the repose of rural Punjab in late 1800s to the strife-torn bloodied Belgian trenches. Part of the Reimagine India programme (Arts Council England/British Council) and the UK-India Year of Culture, The Troth features some of the UK’s most exciting and versatile young dancers.

On January 28th, audiences can look forward to A Majestic Evening at Amber Fort, which will begin with a sarangi recital by Ustad Kamal Sabri. Ustad Sabri Khan is the son of sarangi legend Ustad Sabri Khan and is carrying forward the rich legacy of the Sania gharana of Moradabad with single-minded dedication. Kamal, who is from the seventh generation of a distinguished family of traditional musicians, has demonstrated profound versatility in playing the sarangi.

This will be followed by Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi… a tribute to the late ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh by singer, songwriter and composer Shekhar Ravjiani. The show first premiered at the Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore to a standing ovation and brought back to life some of Singh’s legendary ghazals including, ‘Hothon se Choo Lo Tum’, ‘Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi’, ‘Tumko Dekha’, ‘Jhuki Jhuki Si Nazar’, ‘Tum Itna Jo’ and ‘Yeh Daulat Bhi Le Lo’. It has since gone to Jakarta, Indonesia and after running its U.S. tour in August 2017, it will now enthrall audiences at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2018.

Sanjoy Roy, Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, Producer of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival said, “The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival’s Heritage Evenings celebrate the built heritage of the state of Rajasthan and highlight its rich cultural and architectural legacy through performing arts showcases. With support from Rajasthan Tourism, we will present some of the best music and theatre performances against the backdrop of over 1000 years of Indian architecture and heritage. These events are exclusively curated to bring our audience closer to Rajasthan’s spellbinding spirit and landscape.”

Entry to the Heritage Evenings are by invitation only. Guests can collect invitations from the Information Desk at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival on the days the events are held.

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From Warrior Fort to Luxury Resort , Alila Fort Bishangarh

THE MAKING OF ALILA FORT BISHANGARH

FROM WARRIOR FORT TO LUXURY RESORT: REBUILDING THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE

 

Alila Fort

Alila means “Surprise” in Sanskrit, which suitably describes the refreshing character of this luxury resort, a bridge between the past and the future. The hallmark of Alila is the combination of innovative design and luxury in unique locations, set apart by an unprecedented level of private space, crafted artisan-ship, personalized hospitality, and bespoke journeys.

Perched on top of a granite hillock in the midst of a vast expanse of the Aravalli Range, surrounded by hills dotted with havelis, villages and temples, Alila Fort Bishangarh is the result of the adaptive reuse of a 230-year-old warrior fort into one of India’s most unique heritage properties.

Adaptive reuse offers a sustainable option for the reclamation of heritage sites, an inspiring way to preserve and revive an existing building by merging its traditional ideals with modern culture, usage, design techniques and ideas.

Built during Rajasthan’s royal era as an outpost guarding the kingdom of Jaipur (Amber) against invaders from the North, the fort at Bishangarh had long outlived its original purpose. Almost a decade ago, as the fort stood abandoned in a dilapidated condition, inhabited by thousands of bats and monkeys, the owners – a Rajput leader by birth and election and two successful entrepreneurs – together with Alila took a visionary decision to breathe new life into its reincarnation as a boutique resort, while maintaining its stark sanctity.

What followed was an extraordinary journey of transformation to keep this piece of tangible heritage alive, taking complete care to retain the original structure in its full integrity while reinventing it for the 21st century.

Immense challenges had to be overcome – including stabilising and strengthening the ruins, constructing a road up to the fort, finding circulation through 3m thick walls, and deciphering the unconventional puzzle of the organic structure, which featured not a single 90-degree wall.

Upper and outer wings were adapted to the original fortification to carve out 59 suites following the curved and sloping walls of the existing turrets. Rooms and restaurants have been made to fit around the original walls – 2 to 3 m-wide in many places. With no typical floor plan, there were 23 different room configurations in all, the precise details of which took some 1,800 hours to draw up. To add to that, 23 unique venues  have been created for meetings and celebratory events.

 

Stay tuned more on our visit to Alila Fort and the lovely experience there.

 

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Luxury Low Rise Apartments in Bani Park Jaipur

After the Launch of their iconic sustainable plot allotment project, “The Future City” …. Trimurty Builders is ready with their new Luxury Residential Project – Gulmohar .

Gulmohar symbolizes Trimurty’s inheritance in building constructions , embracing Nature in its truest forms.

The core elements of living space are embraced: central space, peripheral zones, direction with respect to sunlight, and relative function of the spaces.

“The architect has adopted ideas hosting new material of construction which makes Gulmohar the in-situ abode.” says Sharad Mishra – Director at Trimurty Builders

Trimurty’s Gulmohar is an abode where life blooms at its fullest. A low rise apartment building having 4 floors and 15 exclusive apartments in an quiet lane of Jaipur in Banipark with limited high class homes.

It is a brick house blending tradition with modernity having choicest mind space and exclusive privacy crafted on barrier free design principles as per green building (IGBC) norms where light wind flow are maintained naturally. Each common space bears nature’s signatures far from the maddening crowd.

Launching on the 15th January 2018, bookings and inquiries are welcome.

To know more contact +91 750 640 3538 or leave a comment below.

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Journalistic and Media Writing in discussion at ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2018

  • Media and journalistic practices take the stage at the 11th ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival as ace journalists from India and across the world, including the likes of Adrian Levy, Azeem Ibrahim, Carlo Pizzati, Falguni Bansal, Jeffrey Gettleman, Justin Rowlatt, L.P. Pant, Michael Rezendes, Peter Bergen, Praveen Swami, Rajendra Bora, Salil Tripathi, Subhash Chandra, Sudhir Chaudhary, Suki Kim, Victor Mallet, Vinod Bhardwaj  and Yash Goyal  gather to discuss the workings of journalistic and media writing.
  • While sessions like On Balance: Journalistic Objectivity, Rajasthan: Badalte Mahaul Mein Media talk of issues closer to home; The Frontline Club, Spotlight: The Hunt for Truth, Among the Insurgents, Across Barbed Wires and Undercover in North Korea: Facts and Fictions bring stories of media from across the world to the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival.

From the award-winning investigative stories blowing the cover on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church by The Boston Globe’s Spotlight team to the only writer to have ever gone under cover in North Korea, from the dangers involved in reporting live at the frontline during wars to discussions with leading Indian media personalities, the programme at the 11th edition of ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2018 is rich with options for those who wish to get a firsthand knowledge of journalistic and reportage writing. Join some of the top media experts, columnists, editors and reporters as they come together to share their stories.

Spotlight: The Hunt for Truth brings forth the renowned Portuguese-American journalist Michael Rezendes who is a Pulitzer Prize award-winner for his investigative work as a member of The Boston Globe’s legendary Spotlight Team in conversation with Sreenivasan Jain where he speaks of the power of traditional and local reporting, the values, veracity and commitment required for investigative journalism as well as the changing definitions of news in the current media landscape.

In Undercover in North Korea: Facts and Fictions, Suki Kim, the South Korean author of the award-winning novel The Interpreter and the bestselling Without You There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite, speaks of her six-month undercover investigation embedded within North Korea in conversation with Michael Breen author of The New Koreans: The Story of a Nation, and talks of her rare encounter with the world’s most dangerous and unknowable country and of the privileged young men she calls ‘soldiers and slaves’.

The Frontline Club is a compelling session where Adrian Levy, Carlo Pizzati, Jeffrey Gettleman, Peter Bergen and Suki Kim in conversation with Suhasini Haidar talk about how Hollywood has long glamourised the war journalist as a hard drinking chancer, taking extreme risks to get the big Pulitzer-winning front page spread. Witness some of the world’s most celebrated foreign correspondents lift the lid on one of the dangerous jobs in journalism, parsing myth from reality.

In Among the Insurgents with Cathy Scott-Clark, Michael Vatikiotis and Peter Bergen are in conversation with Charlie English as they discuss how in this age of terrorism and insurgency, it has never been more important to report accurately on the actions of those who take up arms against established governments. At the same time, never have journalists been in greater danger doing so, and how exactly does one report on resistance fighters who do this without acting as amplifiers for terrorists? The panel, who have studied and spent time with insurgent groups, give their perspective on the practical and moral conundrums of covering insurgencies.

Manhunt: Pakistan and the Search for Bin Laden with Adrian Levy, Cathy Scott-Clark, Peter Bergen and T.C.A. Raghavan in conversation with Suhasini Haidar unpacks the extraordinary inside story of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda in the years after 9/11. Following the attacks on the Twin Towers, bin Laden, the most wanted man in the world, eluded intelligence services and Special Forces units for almost a decade. Using remarkable, first-person testimony from his family and closest military aides, this session chronicles an astonishing tale of evasion, collusion and isolation by bringing together three of the world’s greatest experts on Bin Laden: Peter Bergen, author of Manhunt, who met and interviewed the man and later was the only journalist to gain access to bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound before the Pakistani government demolished it. In conversation with him are Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark, authors of The Exile, a landmark work of investigation and reportage and essential reading for anyone concerned with history, security and future relations with the Islamic world.

Moving closer to home, Rajasthan: Badalte Mahaul Mein Media with Falguni Bansal, L.P. Pant, Rajendra Bora, Vinod Bhardwaj and Yash Goyal discuss how the media in Rajasthan have always balanced a local and regional approach with a larger understanding of national and international issues. Rajasthan is India’s largest state in terms of size with an area that comprises approximately 10 percent of India’s landmass and borders with Pakistani Punjab and Sindh. The rich culture and vibrant tourism, the mix of cosmopolitan and traditional culture and the inhospitable terrain and remote rural populations are all a part of its living reality. A key session with Rajasthani media on the social, economic and political issues they report upon, across print and digital, television and radio channels.

Around the world, the media is seeking a balance between neutrality, objectivity, commitment and the search for truth. How does a post-truth era seek perspective and equivalence then? Is inherent bias inevitable? Can the media ever be truly impartial or is it only possible to ‘obtain the best attainable version of the truth’?

On Balance: Journalistic Objectivity features Aditi Maheshwari Goyal, Rajeev Punnoli, Sudhir Chaudhary and Vineet Kumar in conversation with Shoma Chaudhury, a crucial session with journalists and editors across ideologies on the search for balance.

Join celebrated and award-winning journalists including several Pulitzer Prize recipients and winners of the Ramnath Goenka Award among other, at the 11th ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2018 where journalism will be in the ‘spotlight’.

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ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2018 programme goes live

The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2018 is scheduled to take place from 25 –29 January, 2018 at the Diggi Palace Hotel, Jaipur Rajasthan.

The much-awaited ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2018 programme is finally out and can be found on the Festival’s website. The 11th edition of the Festival features 200 sessions spanning a multitude of topics, trends, ideas and genres ranging from fiction, poetry, nonfiction, gender, environment, science, history, liberal arts, journalism, economics, travel and cinema. The programme is a coming together of diverse literary, artistic, and discursive forms and a celebration of perspectives in Indian and global literature.

This year’s marquee sessions include British playwright Sir Tom Stoppard, winner of an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Shakespeare in Love, discussing his life and work in a fascinating free-flowing session called The Real Thing; a discussion aptly titled The Great Survivor where Hamid Karzai, former President of Afghanistan, and William Dalrymple discuss his life, legacy and leadership through the country’s recent turbulent times, his views on India’s role in Afghanistan past and present and his predictions for the future of his country. In The Bridget Jones’ Diaries, novelist Helen Fielding speaks with publisher Meru Gokhale of the comic and the tragic, film and fiction and Bridget Jones’ bumpy ride to motherhood. In Conspiracy of Bones, which combines crime with popular science, Kathy Reichs, an American crime writer, forensic anthropologist, academic and producer of the TV series Bones (loosely based on Reichs’ works), speaks of her writing, popular science and communication, crime and punishment, gender and equity. Writer Akhil Sharma in a session called A Life of Adventure and Delightwill be in conversation with Chandrahas Choudhury on his writing and the astonishing intensity and emotional precision he brings to his craft. In The Joy Luck Club, celebrated novelist Amy Tan will speak to Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi about her extraordinary life and her emergence as a writer of stature against many odds. In The Art of Stillness, British-born Indian origin essayist Pico Iyer, who leads a nomadic life between a Benedictine hermitage in California, Nara in Japan and international airports around the world, speaks with writer and historian Patrick French about his life and work, movement and stillness, changelessness and change.

Attendees can look forward to spirited sessions in poetry such as Jan Nisar and Kaifi with Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi in conversation with Rakhshanda Jalil; Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods with Tishani Doshi introduced by Jeet Thayil; Nude: The Poet Within in which Vishal Bhardwaj is in conversation with Sukrita Paul Kumar; and a Rajasthani bhasha session Rajasthali: Dharti Ri Koonkh with Bulaki Sharma, Abhimanyu Singh Arha and Reena Menaria in conversation with Arvind Singh Aashiya.

The programme also celebrates the diversity of languages, their enigmatic roots and multifaceted trajectories. In Lok Bhasha: The Oxford Dictionaries Hindi Word of the Year, the announcement of the first ever Oxford Dictionaries ‘Hindi Word of the Year’ will be made at the 2018 edition of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival followed by a panel discussion with Ashok Vajpeyi, Pankaj Dubey, Saurabh Dwivedi, Vinod Dua and Yatindra Misra in conversation with Anu Singh Choudhary on new trends in Hindi usage and writing. In Hindi Medium: Language and Elitism, Annie Montaut, Avinash Das, Satya Vyas and Satyanand Nirupam will examine the value of Hindi, its position as a common language in a multilingual nation, a language steeped in deep literary traditions as well as one that is familiar within both popular culture and the marketplace. In a linguistic leap of faith, the session Shalom: Indian Jewish Fiction, writers Esther David and Sethu speak of ethnicity, community, belonging and the legacy of shared stories.

Intrepid reportage and commitment to bare facts makes journalistic writing a force unto itself. Exploring the many challenges and triumphs from the world of media writing, the programme features sessions like Spotlight: The Hunt for Truth where Portuguese-American journalist Michael Rezendes, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his investigative work as a member of The Boston Globe’s legendary Spotlight Team, speaks of the power of traditional and local reporting, the values, veracity and commitment required for investigative journalism as well as the changing definitions of news in the current media landscape. In Undercover in North Korea: Facts and Fictions, writer Suki Kim is in conversation with Michael Breen about her rare encounter with one of the world’s most secretive countries, North Korea, and of the privileged young men she calls ‘soldiers and slaves’. Manhunt: Pakistan and the Search for Bin Laden brings together three of the world’s greatest experts on Bin Laden. Peter Bergen, author of Manhunt, met and interviewed the man and later was the only journalist to gain access to bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound before the Pakistani government demolished it. In conversation with him are Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clerk, authors of The Exile, a landmark work of investigation and reportage on the Islamic world.

Environment and climate change take new shape in River of Life, River of Death: The Ganges and India’s Future, former India correspondent for the Financial Times, Victor Mallet traces the holy river from source to mouth and from ancient times to the present day when it is choked with sewage and toxic waste. In Conflicts of Interest: Betrayals of the Earth, a session that addresses the cause and consequence of climate catastrophe, Sunita Narain, Jairam Ramesh and Jeffrey Gettleman are in conversation with Amita Baviskar. Finally, in Waters of Contention: Asian Faultlines, a session that navigates the troubled waters of political geography between India, Pakistan and China, Brahma Chellaney, Michael Buckley, Humphrey Hawksley and Manoj Joshi are in conversation with writer and journalist John Elliott.

The cinema line-up is particularly exciting with Adaptations in which Tom Stoppard, Michael Ondaatje, Vishal Bhardwaj, Nicholas Shakespeare, Mira Nair, Nandita Das and Amy Tan come together in conversation with Chiki Sarkar. In The Perils of Celebrity, Soha Ali Khan and Sharmila Tagore speak with Sanjoy K. Roy and in Mira Nair: The Personal and the Political, the indomitable filmmaker is in conversation with Vir Sanghvi. Travel writing gets fleshed out in The Travel Session with the best in the business: Redmond O’Hanlon, Hugh Thomson, Pico Iyer, Raja Shehadeh and Robert Dessaix in conversation with William Dalrymple.

Bringing gender issues to the forefront and bursting feminine stereotypes have always been important programming diktats and more so this year with ‘feminism’ making it as Merriam-Webster’s ‘Word of the Year’ for 2017. Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong takes on misogynistic stereotypes and challenges preconceptions about gender and sexual differences. Taking off from Angela Saini’s acclaimed book: Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story, writer, columnist and feminist Namita Bhandare will be in a charged and powerful conversation with the author and theoretical physicist Lisa Randall to weave a refreshing alternative narrative about women’s bodies and minds. Another equally illuminating session, Indian Women Mystics: From the Rishikas to the Bhakti Poets delves deep into history and looks at the Rigveda in which 27 women poets had their work represented, works which are contemplative, grand and yet resonating with the pathos of the human condition. Translator Philip A. Lutgendorf will be in conversation with Swamini Atmaprajnananda Saraswati, author of Rishikas of the Rigveda, and Arundhathi Subramaniam, poet, author and editor of the anthology, Eating God: A Book of Bhakti Poetry.

In its 11th edition, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival lives up to its promise of being the grand dame of diversity, magnitude and sheer range in programming – there is something here for everyone, much to explore and to suit every literary palate!

The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival sets literary conversations, debates and dialogue against the backdrop of built and cultural heritage including curated art installations, world music performances at the Music Stage and cultural evenings at heritage venues like the Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal.

While entry to the Festival is free and open to all, attendees can choose to purchase Festival Delegate Packages, which offer a special experience of the Festival and will take them on a compelling cultural journey. In addition to enjoying the programme, delegates get access to the Delegate Lounge, dedicated sessions, free entry to the Music Stage, invites to the special cultural evenings, official Festival merchandise, lunches and dinners with authors and fellow delegates, a cocktail evening and much more.

Marquee Sessions – Academy Award-winning British playwright Sir Tom Stoppard in The Real Thing, former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai in The Great Survivor, novelist Helen Fielding discussing her most popular work in The Bridget Jones’ Diaries, American crime writer, forensic anthropologist, academic and producer of the TV series BonesKathy Reichs in Conspiracy of BonesAkhil Sharma in a session called A Life of Adventure and Delight, celebrated novelist Amy Tan in The Joy Luck Club and award-winning essayist Pico Iyer in The Art of Stillness.

PROGRAMME DETAILS:

Nearly 200 sessions spanning a diverse range of topics, trends, ideas and genres. Themes include fiction, poetry, nonfiction, gender, environment, science, history, liberal arts, journalism, economics, travel and cinema. The programme can be accessed on the website https://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/programme.

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Registrations for Volunteers and Workshops now open !

The countdown has begun to The Jaipur Art Summit !

This year , the Jaipur Art Summit will provide you an unique opportunity to participate in various different styled art workshops. From charcoal painting to fabric art, cartooning, voice modulation, bharatnatyam, zetangle art, terracotta, recycling art and waste fibre paintings.

Explore what you never experienced !! Explore Jaipur Art Summit!!#BeThere 14th to 18th December 2017, Ravindra Manch, Jaipur

Registrations for Volunteers is now open for the Summit – http://www.jaipurartsummit.in/volunteer

Workshops at Jaipur Art Summit

Workshop schedule for Jaipur Art Summit 2017.

Now you can register online for Workshops to avoid onspot registration hassle.

Visit the given link to register:- http://www.jaipurartsummit.in/workshops-reg.html

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