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PhotoStory: 220,000 Attend Seventh ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival

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Newsblaze South Asia Photojournalist Sumit Thaaran attended the five day festival in Jaipur capturing some interesting moments for our readers.

The seventh ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, the world's largest free literary festival, witnessed a record number of visits this year, with total count close to 220,000.

The Festival, which was entirely free to the public, put on 14,700 hot meals and booked 1,800 nights in Jaipur hotels for the 240 authors, including Amartya Sen, Jonathan Franzen, Jhumpa Lahiri, Gloria Steinem, Ashok Vajpeyi, SR Faruqi, Ved Mehta, Reza Aslan, Samantha Shannon, Ganesh Devy, MT Vasudevan, Nair Mahesh Dattani and Narendra Kohli.

The Festival closed on Tuesday with a rousing debate in favour of democracy and freedom of expression. Often controversial, the festival ended with no major incidents, although on Monday, one group protesting against a TV serial they say portrayed their culture in a bad light, were ejected by police.

Colorful Visitors Jaipur Literary Festival 2014
Some of the 220,000 attendees at the 7th Jaipur Literary Festival
Photo: Sumit Tharan/NewsBlaze

Amartya Sen Jaipur Literary Festival 2014
Amartya Sen, (left), Indian economist and Nobel laureate attending the 7th Jaipur literature festival.
Photo: Sumit Tharan/NewsBlaze
Books At Jaipur Literary Festival 2014
One of the many foreign visitors looks at books in the bookstore at the 7th Jaipur Literary festival.
Photo: Sumit Tharan/NewsBlaze

Photo Exhibition at Jaipur Literary Festival 2014
A visitor gets a close look at the photo exhibition organized on the first day of the 7th Jaipur Literary festival.
Photo: Sumit Tharan/NewsBlaze
What To See Next Jaipur Literary Festival 2014
A huge number of youth from across the country visited the 7th Jaipur Literary festival, and here, three girls check their itinerary, to decide what to do next.
Photo: Sumit Tharan/NewsBlaze

Hussain Haqani at Jaipur Literary Festival 2014
Hussain Haqani (centre) former Pakistan ambassador to the United States, at the 7th Jaipur Literary festival.
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Literature Enthusiasts at Jaipur Literary Festival 2014
A literature enthusiast checks in at the bookstore at the 7th Jaipur Literary festival. According to the organizers, a record number of books were sold at the store.
Photo: Sumit Tharan/NewsBlaze

The Scavengers Band at Jaipur Literary Festival 2014
The Scavengers music band, performing at the 7th Jaipur Literary festival.
Photo: Sumit Tharan/NewsBlaze
Adil Hasan, Photographer, at Jaipur Literary Festival 2014
Adil Hasan (right) finished his photographic studies in Auckland, New Zealand, and is seen here in a conversation at the 7th Jaipur Literary festival.
Photo: Sumit Tharan/NewsBlaze

Sumit Tharan is the Newsblaze New Delhi photojournalist. Read more stories by Sumit Tharan.

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