I could no better than to direct you here.
Incidentally, the Lit Fest is only one part of the larger Jaipur fest, which has some very interesting performances, workshops and so on.
Yeasterday's reading of Ranjit Hoskote's poetry at the Kalakriti festival was preceded, much to my dismay (and eventual enjoyment) by an inauguration, complete with speech and symbolic desecration of pristine canvas by participating artists.
The first artist, from Pakistan, did some flag type thing which he took ages over, with no corresponding increase in the worth of art. Another artist, also Pakistani, drew a black outline of a square at the base of the flagpole and signed in the empty space it held. One bird and one craggy mountainous structure completed the non-human representations on canvas. Everyone else drew faces, or eyes, or caricatures of faces, or tortured faces carved out of mountain-sides, or suggestions of nose, eyebrow and lip. It was all rather overwhelming.
So we went and recruited our strength with samosas shaped like pouches, canapes with corn, and chocolate-filled thingys. And tea-coffee.
Ranjit's reading was short and sweet. 'Fugue', a tribute to Nissim Ezekiel, went down rather well with those present. WIsh he's read more, though.
Vidya Shah was sublime.
I feel I am suffering from intellectual indigestion.