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Literary Festivals

April was sprinkled with showers of events that were sad and wonderful.The sudden death of a friend shook me. On a brighter note, the sunny days were incredible, almost a ‘summer’s here’ feeling in its warmth. Prince William and Kate’s wedding drew the month to a happy close.

Though Literary Festivals happen all round the year, the month of May heralds the start of the important ones. Hay Festival is at the end of this month from May 25th to June 5th.There are nearly 250 Literary Festivals in the UK now. Readers are keen to meet the authors who have made the written word a delight. So keep attending them and put my own local Milngavie Book and Art Festival dates in your diary 6th-10th September.

Now how about this?
Asia House Festival of Asian Lit http://bit.ly/iZtMnm

Opening night almost sold out’ (They tweeted.)

The only Festival in the UK dedicated to writing about Asia, May 10 – 26 2011.The line up: Thurbron, French, Anam, Kureishi, Mirza Waheed, Mimi Khalvati, Shukla, Law-Yone, Ali Allawi, Chalabi, Geek Nation, Chinese and Persian food and more. I’d love to be there!


I have started reading this book by S.Mandanna. Yes, it is 600 pages long and should I indulge in such a long book when I have some eye issues? Well, it has been on my TBR for so long that I delved into it, in small doses. The opening pages are promising, her descriptions of Coorg are superb and some of the phraseology in the dialogues are very familiar to the South Indian in me. Words like Tayi, sampengi flowers, monae,kesari rice, plantains,kathi are like the Tamil words that I was used to, growing up in Madras. The plot has still to develop but her ‘Coorg’ has kept me going. Will report later if I did relish it to the end.A twitter friend commented that he gave up on Alice Albinia’s ‘Leela’s Book’ as it had too many references to the Mahabharatha. I want to read that book !(sorry can’t get rid of the underline!)

Three more books caught my attention. Anyone read these yet?

Burns, Fast food, Lit Fest




Fast food is taking over the old favourite cafes in my birth city of Chennai. I googled the menu in McDonalds. I was curious to see the words in Tamil. They are offering veggie options like Paneer Wraps along with non-veggie ones like the Maharajah Mc Chicken. Can’t imagine a Maharajah Chicken McNugget though! LOL. KFC not to be outdone has also opened nearly fifty outlets in India though I did hear anecdotally that a pregnant lady was advised not to eat their chicken as it might be ‘dangerous’ for someone in her condition!

Jaipur Lit Fest grows stronger. Couple of photos showing the colourful Fest with a fantastic line up of authors. Despite fog delaying some authors arriving on time, it appears to have been a resounding success. I loved the report on the English language and the arguments that the Queens English was replaced by President’s English or the Call Centre speak. Mark Tully commented that all children should be taught their mother-tongue till sixth standard.

The most interesting feature of this year’s fest is the focus on Dalit Literature. P.Sivakami a Chennai writer and political activist has said and I paraphrase ‘upper caste Hindus have only a caste conscience and not a public or a human conscience.’ At least the first step has been taken in redressing this issue at last. Affirmative action in all aspects of Dalit’s lives is slowly being taken in India.It is also heartening to see that the fest has not been hijacked by the Bollywood or the politician brigade looking for publicity. The Fest continues till Jan 25th when the world celebrates our own Burn’s supper with haggis and a wee dram for our National Bard.SLAINTE.