Jaipur:Since its inaugural session in 2006, the Jaipur Literature Festival has evolved as a prominent platform to promote rich literary heritage of India and its neighbouring countries.
The festival will include renowned authors, including Mahasweta Devi, Jamil Ahmad, Mohammed Hanif, Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson and feature writer Zoe Heller. Ahmad's The Wandering Falcon and Hanif's Our Lady of Alice Bhatti are shortlisted for 2013 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.
Last year, the number of attendees was recorded to be around 31,000 and the organisers expect a larger turn-out of book-lovers - both domestic and international - this time.
Oprah Winfrey with her presence had lit up the festival last year.
The highlight of this year's festival is the announcement of the announcement of the names of the finalists for the Man Booker International Prize.
However, the festival has unfortunately been hijacked by controversies: extremists belonging to both Hindu and Muslim communities have threthened to disrupt the festival.