I plead guilty here: I helped found the first one in India, at Jaipur.
The Jaipur Literature Festival ( Jaipurliteraturefestival.org) runs from Jan. 21 to Jan. 25 in Diggi Palace.
Yet, in the end, I think Jaipur works because we are a lot of fun.
While there seems something dutiful about the lament (as about the whole faux-controversy), Jaipur is indeed a strange beast.
In the center of the fabled "pink city" of Jaipur lies the Rambagh Palace Hotel, called the world's best.
The many evidences of his taste and public spirit in Jaipur rectify any wrong impressions one might gain from a visit to Amber.
Samarcand is the "blue" town, just as Jaipur in India is the "pink" town.
Impossible to communicate—even had he willed—those inner, vital experiences at Chitor and Jaipur.
But it is Amber that constitutes the chief attraction of a visit to Jaipur.
For, on leaving the tea-table, they had passed from the dream of 'almost England' into the dusty actuality of Jaipur.