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Jaipur Lit Fest beckons the bookworms and bibliomaniacs. Are you ready?

Globe on book

Before we begin, let me make this clear once and for all. I am a bookworm and am literally betrothed to my favorite characters like Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot. I read books of all genres; anything that comes my way, you see. So am I not excited about the upcoming Jaipur Lit Fest?

Huh, is that even a question?

I am damn excited to go to Jaipur this season and finally satiate my cravings to meet some of my favorite authors. Besides, it will be a great place where I can rub shoulders with other co-bookworms (let us see who else in the country can match my bibliomania)! By the way, I reside in Delhi, mind it. So the journey is going to be an oversea one. Well, not exactly an oversea journey, but it seems all the same to me. You see, being a compulsive bookworm, I hardly venture out of my house, except for occasions when I really have to. Even the stray dogs in my neighborhood quiz my presence with raised eyebrows on those seldom moments when I hit the streets.

So, making this trip all the way to Rajasthan will be like a Mars trip for me. Yes, there are weekend packages from Delhi which I can latch on to. But despite all the convenience and luxury these packages promise to offer, there is this mental block which I will have to conquer.

But, as my parents say, I will even cross the seven seas in pursuit of books. They are not wrong coz I have done some bizarre things to lay hands on certain books. The day the final book of the Harry Potter series was released (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), I left my house a little after 4 am so that I can get the book the moment it gets released. (It was to be released at 6 am IST).

Anyway, enough of my ramblings!

For guys like you, a Jaipur trip may not sound all that daunting. The Jaipur Literature Festival 2014 shall be held from 17th January to 21st January. There is enough time to make preparations. After all, this can serve as an excuse for you to plan a family holiday.

The trick is to combine the pleasures of literature and sightseeing. So, I guess I shall do both of them. Even if you are not a big-time bookworm like me, there are attractions like the Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal and City Palace to keep you busy.

May Is the Perfect Time to Celebrate Spring in London

The month of May is a great time to visit London, because as the city’s weather warms up its calendar of events kicks into action. There will be a number of exciting things happening in the city during May, from cultural celebrations to festivals and much more. The sun will be starting to shine through the dreary clouds of the British winter and the days are longer.

If you will be visiting London this May, here are some of the exciting events that you could enjoy during your visit:

Museums at Night

If you loved the film Night at the Museum, this is your chance to spend a sleepover at one of London’s best museums and cultural institutions. London is known for having one of the world’s best collections of museums and art galleries and during this festival they are open all hours. Events, history talks, interactive exhibits and sleeper parties will be taking place at museums and galleries all around the city and you could spend the night in a Gothic library or a medieval Royal bedchamber or enjoy a torch-lit tour and late night storytelling session at Eastbury Manor.

London Literature Festival

Celebrate the long standing literary tradition of London at the Southback Centre from May 20th to September 8th. The London Literature Festival features the readers for the 2013 Man International Booker Prize and the Women’s Prize for Fiction. A superb collection of bestselling authors will be there reading their work, from Barbara Kingsolver to Lionel Shriver to Audrey Niffenegger and William Dalrymple.

The London Eye

The London Eye is an unmistakable feature in the London Skyline, as it is the highest observation wheel in the world. On a clear and sunny May Day, it is a perfect opportunity to see the city from a different perspective and enjoy breathtaking views of more than 55 of the most famous landmarks in London.

The Tower of London

This 900 year old tower is one of the most popular tourist attractions in London and it contains a prison, royal palace, place of execution, jewel house and even a zoo. You can see what a medieval king’s bedchamber would have looked like, or marvel at the stunning Crown Jewels.

These are just a few of the great attractions and festival that you can enjoy when you visit London in the month of May, so why not start booking your trip today?

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