Top nerdy things to do at JLF 2018

January 27, 2018Posted by : The Booknerds

In a generation where going to literature festivals has become synonymous to going to 'melas', for the numbers they are flooding the literary space in.  One mustn't regret on the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival for turning into one, as it does profuse justice to that term by offering a feast of ideas and conversations in the right amount. Here under is a list of 10 things (that might as well change into your bucket list) that one must/can do in this edition of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival.

1. Learn to write Fiction
People around, produce fiction, praise it, critique it even, but nobody teaches how to write one. This one session is truly dedicated to the art of learning how to write fiction. A session pronounced 'The Art of the Novel' by Amy Tan, Chika Unigwe, Helen Fielding, Joshua Ferris and Michael Ondaatje in conversation with Chandrahas Choudhury.


2. Hone your navigation skills
With almost 250 participants and five venues inside Diggi Palace to choose from, navigation can become an overwhelming task. The only festival that schools you on your navigation skills, not to the level of a seafarer, obviously, but to an extent where you can come out with a chest slightly swollen. 

3. Meet them before you have to wait in long queues to
ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival introduces authors who grow to become incredibly illustrious. For instance, Mumbai-based writer and ad film-maker Samina Motlekar found author Siddhartha Mukherjee even before he won all the awards. Hence, one cannot turn a blind eye to the opportunity literature festivals give you to meet your favourite author in person and even discover some new voices.

4. Access the guide to dealing with petty life choices
For those who find it hard to make daily life decisions, from 'what show to binge-watch on Netflix' to 'whether to wash my hair today', Jaipur Literature Festival is the perfect training centre. As it teaches you to pick one session from a plethora of sessions happening simultaneously without any prospects of regret.

5. Dig deeper into Soha Ali Khan's archives
One does not get to know about Nawabzadis quite too often. Soha's book 'The Perils of Being Moderately Famous', although, unveiled a significant chunk of her life, it, however, also brought us close to this cliffhanger that makes us yearn to learn more. Thus, an opportunity to gain insight into the imperial lifestyle of this moderately famous member of a tremendously famous family ought not to be missed.

6. Celebrate Girl Power
Post an year that significantly belonged to women, unjust would be to not celebrate this achievement by attending sessions dedicated to the power of one and many. A session on 'Women of the Revolutions' with Alia Malek and Susan Abulhawa in conversation with Yasmine El Rashidi; another on 'The Feminine Gaze' by Amy Tan, Abeer Y Hoque, Juliet Nicolson, Keggie Carew in conversation with Alia Malek are a must for every meliorist.

7. Savour the Treat for Travellers
For every reader is a traveller, who has learnt to explore the foreign within the familiar. Thus, unwise would it be to travel all the way to Jaipur and not attend a session on travel- a session by Hugh Thomson, Pico Iyer, Raja Shehadeh, Robert Dessaix and Redmond O' Hanlon in conversation with William Dalrymple.

8. Grab the opportunity to step your style game up
One cannot help but float in the Jaipur air that contains the urge to dress well. Thus, JLF brings you an opportunity to take your street-style A-game to another level and clad in some solid bright colours and quirky prints.

9. More-than-whisper about Karni Sena
This is that one place where wholesome condemnation of the hooligans from the Karni Sena will not be followed by their spilling in with the swords drawn out. A literary gathering of people high on intellect gives a room to plausibility to be heard.

10. Delight in drooling 
Apart from serving enriching conversations that boost your intellect ten times, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, has a treat for also your eyes. Yes, you guessed it right! A dance performance to watch. The Troth, a dance based on a 1915 short story, Usne Kaha Tha, by Chandradhar Sharma Guleri, at Hawa Mahal.

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