For bookworms and bibliophiles the Jaipur Literature Festival in India is fast becoming one of the most anticipated annual events.
Last year an estimated 31,000 guests enjoyed the festival, but organisers are expecting even more people to visit this time as the event got under way on Thursday.
On the opening day people will see the Dalai Lama appear at a session with one of his biographers, Pico Iyer.
During the five-day festival there will be a total of 172 sessions featuring 275 authors, intellectuals and writers from various fields, such as Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobsen, Mahasweta Devi and feature writer Zoe Heller.
Jamil Ahmad and Mohammed Hanif will also appear at the festival and their works The Wandering Falcon and Our Lady of Alice Bhatti have been shortlisted for the 2013 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.
The highlight will be the announcement of the finalists in the running for the Man Booker International Prize.
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