For the millions of bibliophiles in the country who protect their “reading time” as fiercely as a lioness protects her cubs, winter is perhaps the most loved season. The snuggly blankets and hot cups of coffee make for great reading companions during the beautiful months of November- February.
Thanks to the increasing interest in promoting literature among all sections of society, winters are looked forward to even more for they host some of the most prestigious and well-planned Literature Festivals in the country. If you are an unabashed book lover who is ready to pack their current book along with their favourite bookmark and go fest-hopping, here is a list of six book fairs or lit fests that you must visit in the coming few months:
• Tata Literature Live- 17th- 20th November, Mumbai
From poets to surgeons, anyone who has got something worthwhile to say finds themselves a stage at the NCPA or Prithvi Theatre in The City of Dreams. Currently, in its seventh edition, the fest has previous been graced by almost 120 speakers during one single edition! This year, get ready to attend some lively yet friendly debates on current issues, discussions on latest writing styles, and not to forget all those book signings!
• Kochi International Book Festival- 2nd-11th December, Kochi
With almost 400 publishers and distributors scheduled to be in attendance, the KIBF is undoubtedly going to be one of the biggest cultural events in God’s Own Country. With earnest, the organisers promote the importance of literacy and the joy of reading through the different conferences, book launches, forum discussions, etc. at the ten-day event.
• Goa Arts and Literary Festival- 8th- 11th December, Goa
The closest you would think a book would come to in Goa is…umm, well, we never really associate Goa with literature, unless it is a novel set in the gorgeous state. However, the Goa Arts and Literary Festival changed all that in 2010 with its first edition. Visitors not only get access to the best in literature but also music, photography, debates, and multiple discussions. So, what are you waiting for? Book your ticket, grab some books and head to the beach to enjoy the sands of Goa.
• Bangalore Literature Festival- 17th- 18th December, Bengaluru
Sadly, this event is just for two days. One of the largest community funded initiatives in India on the literary front, the event sees thousands of youngsters thronging its venue to be a part of the finest local literature available under one roof.
• New Delhi World Book Fair- 7th- 15th January, New Delhi
Hosting its 25th edition next year, the NDWBF is the largest of its kind in the Afro-Asian region. With books in regional as well as foreign languages available in all genres, this is a booklover’s paradise!
Publishers meet readers & writers meet their audience at this great Indian event, making it a ‘fair to remember’!
Jaipur Literature Festival- 19th-23rd January, Jaipur
The Holy Grail for all self-confessed book-lovers, the Jaipur Literature Festival first opened its doors to audiences in 2006. Hosted annually since then in the historically rich city of Jaipur, the event has boasted of hosting some notable names in the literary world such as Salman Rushdie & Amish Tripathi.
That’s not all; His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Oprah Winfrey have graced the podium as speakers in the past editions. Pulitzer Prize, Booker Prize winners make a yearly appearance here, so make sure you catch them at the Diggi Palace in the Pink City in the coming year.
Clearly, Mason Clooney didn’t know what he was talking about when he said, “Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are”. After all, you could travel to any of these places using the incredible yatra offers on Couponraja and indulge your love for reading!