Best of Street Style-Jaipur Literature Festival 2017

It was 10th anniversary of the most awaited event of the year i.e. Jaipur Literature Festival 2017. This was my 5th year at JLF & I was very much excited, I was literally preparing for it for a week to be precise. The Lit fest plays a silent role in staging street fashion of people from around the globe & a great platform to exchange ideas with people from all walks of life. This year as I was shooting photo stories for various publications, that allowed me to meet like minded folks & to know a bit about them.

So here are my top 10 picks of best of street style at Zee Jlf. Please comment below & let me know your thoughts about this photo story.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.

Ghazelle, dancer. 
Ariel Dandelion, Artist from New Delhi, you can check her work here
Gita Vishwanath, Writer.
Suman Bajaj, Fashion designer at Suman Bajaj. This is a beautiful print melange of polka dots & alphabets, now you are ready to rock in a sari.
Anushka Seth. Who said black & tan can’t go together?
Inna Modja, Malian-French singer, find more about the singer here. The singer was seen rocking a red jumpsuit paired up with kitschy Jaipuri bag.
Nimisha Verma, founder of Home for Artists. From hair color to fringes to gypsy jewels, this jogan was talk of the town.
Pallavi Chaturvedi. Fashion Blogger at That Desi Girl
Priyasha Khandelwal, Style Blogger at Pout Out Proud. Well, I can’t stop clicking this beauty, completely picture perfect beautiful.
Protima Tiwary, Food & Fitness blogger at Dumbbells & Drama

Portraits-Jaipur Literature Festival

Zee Jaipur Literature Festival the annual literary festival happens every year in the heart of pink city Jaipur, Rajasthan. As the festival is just 3 days away so I thought this would be the right time to publish the portrait series which I shot last year in 2016. This year is going to be special as it also marks the 10th anniversary of the festival.There is something mesmerizing about the festival which drags me to Jaipur every year ever since I first volunteered in 2012. The people, the culture & the music everything is so perfect. Whether it’s the diggipuri chai, the venue diggi palace, clueless crowd or the beautiful voice of anchor Catriona Mitchell, I love everything about the festival.

Last year I thought to do black & white series of portraits capturing the important faces of festival in 2016 starting from the festival director William Dalrympal to controversial indian columnist Shobha De. I felt very lucky to capture these intriguing faces very closely. Every portrait is very special for me & I am very proud to share this photo series with all of you.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore


English comedian Stephen Fry.
Legendary photo journalist Steve Mccurry.
Transgender rights activist Lakshmi Narayan Tripathi
Scottish historian & festival director of Jaipur Literature Festival, William Dalrymple.
Columnist & novelist, Shobha De.
Writer & photographer Abeer Hoque.
A brief history of seven killings writer, Marlon James.
Actress & singer, Ila Arun.
Jamaican poet & fiction writer, Kei Miller.
Founder of Siyahi, Mita Kapur.


Street Style India-A Sari Story

Is sari age appropriate? Well there is no such term applicable here, whether you are young or middle aged or above, the sari is for everybody, it is a quintessential timeless piece in your wardrobe. Interesting part of sari is, it has a emotional value to it, like classic jewels saris too get transferred from one generation to another, from  “classy” grandmother to “elegent” mother to the “edgy” daughter . Young fashionistas these days are opting for desi cool rather than being uber chic, even for not so occasional events too. It is now a common sight to see young girls experimenting with hand-loom saris & drapes. Some prefer mixing it with western pieces & some keep it completely traditional. So I came to this conclusion that as far as saris are concerned age is just a number, so here is a photo series I shot at various places of India majorly New Delhi, Mumbai & Jaipur, that celebrates SARI for everybody (literally!)

Photographs & text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.


Classic white Saree.
Saree with kurta blouse.
Solid colored bright tangerine saree with striped T-shirt.
Geeta Athreya.
The magic of silk. Shot at Jaipur Literature Festival 2016.
The modern indian women.
Saree with quilted jacket. Viji Venkatash at Zee JLF 2016.
A Sari for everybody.                                                                                                                                   Make up artist Jason Arland & Fashion Blogger Pallavi Chaturvedi of ‘That Desi Girl’ blog.
A closer look at the ethnic coined jewelry Pallavi teamed up with handloom sari.
The Badass Sari. Shot at Lakme Fashion Week Mumbai 2016.
Street Style Jaipur.
Who needs a petticoat (skirt worn under saree), when you have saree that shows legs for more glamour quotient.


The sophisticated drape.
Street Style Mumbai.
Poonam Sinha at Lakme Fashion Week
Love the entire styling , I must say this is so editorial, fashion stylists please make a note.
Rasna Bhasin, Social Media Influencer in designer Anavila’s sari.
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Ex-fashion editor of Marie Claire & the author of ‘The Powder Room’ Shefalee Vasdev in a parrot green leheria saree. (Leheriya is a traditional style of tie-dye practiced in Rajasthan)
Street Style New Delhi.


Street Style – Hair

I will start this blog post with the famous quote by legendary actress Joan Crawford “I think that the most important thing a woman can have-next to talent , of course is her hairdresser.”

Well which clearly tells how important hairstyles are, right hairstyle can add much needed panache to a simple outfit. There is another famous quote which tells the importance of a hairstyle is by American actor Christopher Walken who once said “my hair was famous before I was.”

In India Bollywood remains the strongest fashion inspiration for common people on the streets. However at this year’s Jaipur Literature Festival saw people in some of the most intriguing hairstyles. Talk about color, texture, length & volume people at ZEE JLF had it all.

So here is a photo essay I shot at this year’s Jaipur Literature Festival. The most interesting part is these people are not fashion celebrities , they are common people, tourists, delegates who have traveled to the city of Jaipur exclusively to attend the literature festival. I was so impressed to see lot of people experimenting with their hairstyles. So are you looking out for some hair inspiration?

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

Decorating hair with beautiful natural flowers, afterall Frida Kahlo was not the only person to did that.
Ombre hair.
Beautiful Braid.This reminds me of last year’s hairstyles at last year’s Paris Fashion Week.


Fierce Red. This color reminds of character Miranda Hobbes(played by Cynthia Nixon) from 90s famous television series Sex and the City.



Some shots with face visible.

Love those curls.
Isn’t she stunning?


Style Diaries:Abeer Hoque & Mona Eltahawy

ZeeJLF is a perfect platform to flaunt your personal style, though it’s a literary festival but in recent years the festival has taken a very stylish twist & also became a place to find people fashionably dressed. So I had a great chance of capturing two fierce ladies with strong opinions & style at Zee Jaipur Literature Festival this year, Abeer Hoque & Mona Eltahawy & would like to share & talk about their personal style one by one.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

1.Abeer Hoque- is a Bangladeshi American writer & photographer. 

At Day 1 Zeejlf seen in traditional Anarkali.


At Day 5 Zeejlf Abeer was spotted wearing houndstooth printed long kurta with front slit, designed by Humaira of Anokhi(Dhaka).

Want to know more about Abeer’s work?                                                                                          click here

2.Mona Eltahawy– is a columnist & International Public speaker on Arab & muslim issues & global feminism.

Mona was spotted wearing navy blue top paired up with high waisted polka dotted skirt & completed the look by teaming up with black boots.
Mona with Robert Rutledge.
at Day 5, Mona was seen wearing a red long dress with tie-up back & she teamed the dress with metallic cuffs.

Know more about her on

Wish I had captured both these ladies in one frame.(though you can find a picture of both of them on Mona’s Instagram )

Aren’t they fabulous?

Street Style- Quirky Prints

Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2016 saw women in lot of colorful quirky prints & yes on all the age groups literally. Funky prints are definitely treat to eyes & was fascinated to see how these ladies styled them differently, after all jaipur lit fest is all about donning your personal style. Looking for a quirky style inspiration? Have a look at this photo essay I shot recently at the festival.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore


Loved the Mac D inspired french fry print with colored reflector sunglasses.

You can carry a colorful stole if you are bit hesitant in enbracing a colorful print. You can even tone down the colors of your patchwork top by simply pairing it with denim.
We saw quirky prints in various silhouettes.
Mix black & white print with colorful print for a soothing touch. An aztec print also works well to keep up with the festive mood at Zee JLF.
Prints are not only limited to clothes, you will find them almost everywhere, be it bagpacks,clutch or even on sneakers.
Riot of colors.
Florals for every age. I love people who dress up boldly without caring much about fashion or trends.


Street Style-Published work for Vogue India

Street Style at Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2016

Check my work on Vogue India. Click the link below

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

lakshmi Menon.SupermodelLakshmi Menon, Supermodel

shobha de,columnistShobhaa De, Columnist 

Bianca,Jewelery DesignerBianca, Jewelery Designer

Gargi Jain,Fashion DesignerGargi Jain, Fashion Designer

IMG_5226Lindsay Carone, Research Student


Ishani DasIshani Das

Rani Jiliana,Writer & broadcaster

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Street Style-Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2016

Young boys at Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2016 didn’t shied away from showing their stylish sides. Style diaries at ZEEJLF included lots of sunglasses, hats & creatively draped scarves.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore