Before we begin, let me make this clear once and for all. I am a bookworm and am literally betrothed to my favorite characters like Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot. I read books of all genres; anything that comes my way, you see. So am I not excited about the upcoming Jaipur Lit Fest?
Huh, is that even a question?
I am excited to go to Jaipur this season and finally satiate my cravings to meet some of my favorite authors. Besides, it will be a great place where I can rub shoulders with other co-bookworms (let us see who else in the country can match my bibliomania)! By the way, I reside in Delhi, mind it. So the journey is going to be an oversea one. Well, not exactly an oversea journey, but it seems all the same to me. You see, being a compulsive bookworm, I hardly venture out of my house, except for occasions when I really have to. Even the stray dogs in my neighborhood quiz my presence with raised eyebrows on those seldom moments when I hit the streets.
So, making this trip all the way to Rajasthan will be like a Mars trip for me. Yes, there are weekend tours from Capital of India which I can latch on to. But despite all the convenience and luxury these packages promise to offer, there is this mental block which I will have to conquer.
But, as my parents say, I will even cross the seven seas in pursuit of books. They are not wrong coz I have done some bizarre things to lay hands on certain books. The day the final book of the Harry Potter series was released (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), I left my house a little after 4 am so that I can get the book the moment it gets released. (It was to be released at 6 am IST).
Anyway, enough of my ramblings!
For guys like you, a Jaipur trip may not sound all that daunting. The Jaipur Lit Fest 2014 shall be held from 17th January to 21st January. There is enough time to make preparations. After all, this can serve as an excuse for you to plan a family holiday.
The trick is to combine the pleasures of literature and sightseeing. So, I guess I shall do both of them. Even if you are not a big-time bookworm like me, there are attractions like the Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal and City Palace to keep you busy.
About the Author: Manya Singh
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