Asia's largest literary fest, DSC Jaipur Literature Festival 2012, was held in the capital of India's desert state of Rajasthan from Jan. 20 to 24.

The festival in its fifth year attracted over 70,000 visitors, readers and writers from across the globe including America, Europe, Africa and South Asia.

A range of performances, talks, book-launch events, debates and workshops made it a huge success despite the threat of violence from a Jaipur-based Milli council over India-born writer Salman Rushdie's personal or virtual presence at the event.

More than 160 writers from all over the world participated in the five-day-long festival that featured award-winning writers like Fatima Bhutto, Mark Tully, Simon Schama, Pico Iyer, Colin Thubron and Tina Brown and other best-selling authors such as Richard Dawkins, Tom Stoppard, Michael Ondaatje and Oprah Winfrey.

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