The Remarkable Women of #JLF

Nevertheless, They Persist

That the Jaipur Literature Festival is an event for women is obvious as soon as you arrive. Invariably, the women’s security line is miles long, while the men’s line is virtually non-existent. The volunteers and staff also seem to be mostly women—from the students managing the author signing booths to the venue hosts introducing the speakers.

Of course, this doesn’t diminish the dominance of men’s voices or the everyday challenge of moving through space occupied by men.

Jaipur Literature Festival: 10 Tips for Experiencing the Greatest Literary Show on Earth

The 2014 Jaipur Literature Festival kicks off next month. For five days in January, thousands of people will gather at the Diggi Palace in the Pink City of Rajasthan to talk about books, ideas, and the world. I had the great fortune to attend JLF this past year and wish I could go again this year. If you find yourself in Rajasthan next month, here are 10 tips for making the most of the Jaipur Literature Festival.

Tips for Visiting the Taj Mahal

Few things compare to the Taj Mahal—the most photographed site in India and perhaps one of the most recognized buildings in the world. When one finally visits the stunning white marble mausoleum of Mumtaz Mahal and Shan Jahan, it seems almost unreal. Here are a few tips to help make your once-in-a-lifetime visit a little smoother.

Encountering Change on the Way to M.I. Road

Or Why I Love the Jaipur Lit Fest

I recognized her before she caught my eye. In jeans, turtle neck, track suit jacket, and loose ponytail, she was unlike most of the young women I’d seen over the last five days at the Diggi Palace festival site. In trendy clothes with smartphones and long flowing locks, the young women at the Jaipur Literature Festival were the very model of the modern teenage girl, both at home and in India.

Top 10 Things I Miss About India

It’s been one week since I left India. While travelling in India was difficult, my last few weeks were great, with pleasant stays in Darjeeling and Udaipur, and the wonderful Jaipur Literature Festival. As my time ran out I started to lament my departure. I even started scheming about coming back next year. And so, while most of my draft blog posts have to wait until I’m finished my Spanish course, I thought I would share the “just look, no buy” version of my India experience: