The book written by Namita Gokhale was published by Penguin. It hit the shelves on 25th January.
From a septuagenarian who has completed her semi-fictional novel but does not want to publish it, to an author who receives a threat in the form of an anonymous letter, from a historian who reunites with a past lover, to a burglar who is passionate about poetry, from a young woman who has no idea what this world has in store for her, to an American woman looking for the India of her hippie youth, this metafictional, wryly funny, pacey novel is an ode to literature. Told from multiple perspectives, set against the backdrop of the vibrant multilingual Jaipur Literature Festival, diverse stories of lost love and regret, self-doubt, and new beginnings come together in a narrative that is as varied as India itself.
Partly a love letter to the greatest literary show on earth, partly a satire about the glittery set that throngs this literary venue year on year, and partly an ode to the millions of aspiring writers who wander the earth with unsubmitted manuscripts in their bags, Jaipur Journals is a light-footed romp that showcases in full form Gokhale’s unsparing eye for the pretensions and the pathos of that loneliest tribe of them all: the writers.
The book is available on the Penguin’s website as well as on Amazon along with various bookstores around the country.
About the author:
Namita Gokhale is an Indian writer, publisher, and festival director. She is the author of sixteen books including nine works of fiction. Things to Leave Behind has been published in November 2016. She was born in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh in 1956 and spent her childhood between New Delhi and Nainital.