The English Literary Society of Indraprastha College for Women (IPCW) organized its Annual English Literary Festival- Signs 2017 on 21st and 22nd March, 2017. The event being divided over two days included many events including competitions, talks, poetry reading etc. With celebrated guest speakers, the Literary Event was attended by students and teachers from across the University.

“Windows and Frames”, the annual theme for the English Literary Society, the first day included a paper presentation competition, where undergraduate students from across the University presented diverse perspectives on the given theme. With discussions varying from voyeurism to Chiaroscuro, the event saw a sea of ideas flowing in. From among the various papers presented, Muskan Nagpal and Ishan Mahendru from Hansraj College bagged the first and second prize respectively, while the third prize was won by Sumedha Anand from IPCW. The day proceeded by boosting the spirits of all the Potter Heads, through the Harry Potter Quiz where the all the fans of the series competed to prove their fandom.

The second day commenced with the release of the English Literary Society’s Annual Journal – Inkspill by the college’s Principal, Dr. Babli Moitra Saraf. Congratulating the Society and the English Department of the College on the release of the Journal, the Principal addressed the audience and threw light upon all the events organized by the society throughout the year. The address was followed by a heart warming poetry reading session by the famous Poet, Teacher and Lover, Hoshang Merchant. The poet being the author of numerous poetry books and the first gay anthology – Yaraana: Gay Writings from India captivated the audience by his poetry. Next was a talk by Ms. Sheela Reddy, the author of the book, Mr and Mrs Jinnah- The Marriage That Shook India. The author, being an active Journalist shared with audience her experience of writing the novel while peeping into the old and forgotten history of Jinnah. The event closed by a slam poetry competition organized in the College’s beautiful lawns. The event wrapped up with a vote of thanks.

Priyal Mahtta

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 Image Credits: Tamanna Rafique from IPCW

The Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), well attended by the crème de la crème of the literary world, is also surprisingly accessible to students on a shoestring budget. Free entry to the festival is possibly one of the most important factors that draws throngs to the festival.

If you’re attending JLF this year, here’s how you can have a good time in the Pink City, flout your jholas and nehru jackets (while at JLF, it may be nice to play the part of an intellectual), and laugh at intelligent wisecracks, all on a student budget.


If you’re feeling extravagant, you may want to take the double-decker train from Delhi to Jaipur, simply because a double-decker train sounds like fun. However, if you’re looking to cut down on the cost, a non-AC sleeper will suffice. Alternatively, an RSRTC bus ticket will cost you around the same amount as a non-AC sleeper.


The fact that Rajasthan attracts a huge number of tourists every year, even from abroad, gives us the added advantage of a good array of hostels for backpackers. These hostels offer dorms (mixed bed dorms/female only) at rates that don’t burn holes in your not-too-deep pocket. Most come equipped with lockers, a kitchen, and some graffiti on the walls to boot. Bathrooms are to be shared. Some also offer single rooms with twin beds, but that will work out to be more expensive than a bed in a dorm. You can do without air conditioning in Jaipur in January, if an AC room is out of your budget.

You may want to orient yourself around the Diggi Palace (Shivaji Marg) keeping in mind that you will be spending most of your time there. The closer you are, the less you will have to pay on transport to and from the festival venue. Here are some options you could consider. Rates may vary depending on whether you choose a mixed bed dorm or a female only dorm.

Backpacker Panda

Rs. 349-Rs. 599 per bed, per night

Opp. Om Tower, MI Road, Jaipur-302001

1.5 kms (5 minutes) from Diggi Palace

Le Pension Backpackers’ Guest House

Rs. 300-Rs. 350 per bed, per night

K-94, behind dana pani restaurant Kishan Nagar, Kishan Nagar, Shyam Nagar, Jaipur-302019

7.7 kms (16 minutes) from Diggi Palace

Zostel Jaipur

Rs. 500-Rs. 600 per bed, per night

First Floor, 85-A, Rajamal Ka Talab, ICICIi Bank Building, Chandi ki Taksal, Opposite Tourist Police Station, Jaipur- 302002


Rs.200-Rs. 300 per bed, per night

B-20, Shiv Marg, Bani Park, Jaipur- 302016

4.5 km (12 minutes) from Diggi Palace

Roadhouse Hostel

Rs. 499-Rs. 569 per bed, per night

D-76, Shiv Heera Path, Chomu House Circle, C Scheme, Prithviraj Road, Jaipur-302001

2 kms (5 minutes) from Diggi Palace

Doodle Rack

Rs. 379 per bed, per night

33, Civil Lines Road, Suraj Nagar, Civil Lines, Jaipur-302006

4.6 kms (11 minutes) from Diggi Palace


You will find several stalls within the festival venue, at different prices, ensuring that you need not step outside the venue or miss important speakers in the process. You may also sample the street food in Jaipur (read kachoris, parathas, lal maas). MI Road in particular, has a couple of places that remain open from early in the morning to late at night, if you’re staying around the area and are looking for a bite to eat.

To know more about Jaipur Litfest 2017, read – https://dubeat.com/2016/12/jaipur-literature-festival-a-literary-wonder/

Image Credits: Abhinaya Harigovind

Mood Indigo, the annual cultural festival of IIT Bombay kicked off its 2015 edition on 18th December 2015. A four day festival themed ‘A Hawaiian Escapade’, it is once again out to reiterate its place as one of the best and most happening college festivals of India, if not Asia. It offers a plethora of events- competitive, horizons and informal- which would appeal to people with diverse interests. From Life-sized football and zorbing, to Pronites featuring the biggest stars, there’s something for everyone at Mood Indigo 2015.

  The first day of the festival kicked off on the right note with eliminations for a lot of major competitive events including Mantra, a music competition and Beat The Streets, the street dance competition. Vogue- The Fashion Show was also held on Day 1.

  Adding a dash of fun and humour to the entire setting were Fringe Fests, one of which included a comic act by Matteo Galbusera which had the audience in peals of laughter at his laugh-worthy performances using everyday objects like tennis racquets and balls.  

Day 1 also saw luminaries like Ashwin Sanghvi and Markandey Katju descending on the IIT campus as a part of the Lit Fest. Ashwin Sanghvi’s session, where he talked about the inspiration for his debut novel ‘The Rozabal Line’ amongst many other things had the audience riveted as he brought out startling connections between various myths and historical facts, making up a new form of mystery. Sanghvi stressed on the importance of learning how to unlearn and relearn, calling it crucial to discovering his journey as an author. He also highlighted the struggles of getting his first book published, which led him to decide to self-publish it after 47 rejections. He said, “The easy bit is the writing, more difficult is getting published.”

If Ashwin Sanghvi’s session ended on an optimistic note, Katju’s session was far from it. The former Chairman of PCI and the former Chief Justice of the High Court of Delhi was in conversation with the Editor-in-Chief of the Mumbai Mirror about everything related to Indian politics and judiciary. Not one to shy away from making sweeping and often controversial remarks, Katju kept the practice alive by declaring that the pillars of the democracy had collapsed and that the State Institutions were hollow and an empty shell. He denounced Democracy as a defunct form of political system, especially in India, which runs on feudalism and communism. He went on to predict a revolution in India in the next 10 years, drawing parallels with the French Revolution. His remarks were mostly greeted by amused rounds of applause as the audience flitted between his booming oratorship and the rationale behind his remarks. The theme was democracy and politics which also ran strong in the Humour Fest.  

The day wrapped up with ‘Nostalgia night’ where Shaan performed on the greatest hits of Kishore Kumar. The second day of Mood Indigo will witness more competitions followed  by  a performance by the Parikrama band and ‘fusion night’ with Lucky Ali.

Shubham Kaushik
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Images by Chirag Sharma, Paurush, Tejaswa Gupta and Shubham Kaushik for DU Beat!