JAIPUR LITERARY SALON 24-29 January 2019

After the 2015/16/17 exciting  programmes offered by Art of Living, this wonderful tour is on again for the Festival's 12 th Anniversary. A 5-days stimulating  immersion in the world of books, ideas and discussions centered on the now internationally famed Jaipur Literary Festival preceded by some exceptional cultural highlights in Delhi and a day's cultural overview of Jaipur.

This tour will be hosted and has been designed  by Marieke Brugman, Australia’s pre-eminent guide to India and is limited to 14 privileged guests.

Promised Speakers for 2019 include DonnaTartt, Edmund de Waal, Elizabeth Gilbert, Ian McEwan, Julain Barnes, Mary Beard, Naom Chomsky, Rohinton Mistry, Tilda Swinton, Yann Martel. Yotam Ottolenghi

Marieke has also concierged bespoke arrangements for reading club members who wish to attend as their own group. Contact us if your group is interested in a bespoke itinerary.

The Tour commences and ends in Delhi.
Guests may choose to participate only in the Jaipur Festival or continue their stay to other parts of Rajasthan, expertly arranged by Art of Living.
Guests may also choose to continue with us after Jaipur to the tribal and textile riches of Gujarat, a still unspoiled and rewarding destination.
It is impossible to experience and absorb in a single trip the magnitude of what India offers: the incredible light, a cacophony of colour, the austere and atmospheric landscapes of desert and ancient Aravali mountains, the romance of Rajasthan’s heritage and chivalry, the hospitality, warmth and humour of the people whether from regal lineage or simple, dignified desert-dwellers, the spine-tingling music, and their abundantly diverse, arts and crafts.


In Delhi: a unique visit to Qutab Minar with one of India’s leading Cultural attachés followed by a private visit to one of India’s most impressive private Art Foundations.

In Jaipur: 6 nights accommodation in a centrally located modern hotel not far from the Festival venue, Diggi Palace, set in capacious grounds with a pool and all modern amenities.
Evening Salon/Dinner introducing you, in an informal intimate atmosphere, to some of India’s literary contributors.
Private Grand Reception in the home of one of the founders of JLF.
Invitation to Opening of special art installation.
Early Bird's delegates pass if booked by the end of September.

Meet Sumeet Shetty, special guest at our salon
Marieke met Sumeet some years back at a JLF where they became fast friends. Sumeet is a Development Manager at SAP, the world leader in enterprise applications and software.

As President of Literati, India's largest book-club, he has interviewed some of the world's finest authors and thinkers (including Alex Rutherford, Alice Albinia, Amit Chaudhuri, Anita Nair, Ashok Ferrey, Pavan K Varma, Peter James, Tarun J Tejpal, Tishani Doshi, William Dalrymple, Zia Haider Rahman et al).

His passions include art, design, literature, travel, leadership, management and entrepreneurship. He enjoys public speaking and has been regularly invited to speak at the Times of India Literature Festival, the Bangalore Literature Festival, the British Council and the National Gallery of Modern Art.

In January 2015 we were blessed to enjoy speakers of passion and forthrightness.

Urvashi Butalia, child of Indan partition, Indian feminist and publisher who co-founded Kali for Women, India's first exclusively feminist publishing house, in 1984; In 1998 she wrote the award-winning The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India that became one of the most influential books in South Asian studies of the past decade. It remained at the top of India’s bestseller list for over six months and won the Oral History Book Association Award in 2001, as well as the Nikkei Asia Award for Culture in 2003;

Mahesh Dattani, reputed and accomplished actor, stage and film director, scriptwriter and dance teacher and one of the most powerful and potent voices in the present Indian English dramatic world.

Arshia Sattar whose translations of the Valmiki Ramayana (1996) and Tales from the Kathasaritsagara (1993) are published by Penguin Books as is her collection of essays on the Ramayana, “Lost Loves: Exploring Rama’s Anguish.” (2011) which was short-listed for the Crossword Non-Fiction Award in 2012. She has also written three books for children, most recently, “Adventures with Hanuman” (Red Turtle, 2013). Her latest book, “The Mouse Merchant: Tales of Money in Ancient India” (Alan Payne, Penguin 2013) is a compilation of stories from Sanskrit texts about attitudes to money. Arshia teaches classical Indian literatures at various institutions across the country and along with DW Gibson, is the Founder and Director of Sangam House, an international writers’ residency program located outside Bangalore.

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Your Tour Leader, Marieke Brugman (art historian, foodie/chef, global citizen, yogini) has designed, refined and escorted trips to many Indian regions including Rajasthan for two decades+ as well as leading cultural and gastronomic Tours to other regions neighbouring the Subcontinent (and many European destinations) and has developed a lifelong attraction to the exotic and compelling experience that ignites all the senses with the sights, sounds, tastes, smells, festivals, music, bazaars like no other on earth. Indeed, it makes you think about the meaning of life, in ways that you don't, living in the west. She brings humour, meticulous planning and passion to all her tours. An avid reader, Marieke has loved the JLF since its inception in 2006, then an audience of about 200 people and this year an eager audience of 200,000.

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