Before I begin with the subject of the day, (which has not been chosen but, because the committee that decides it’s out of city), I’d prefer to replicate on The Hindu Litfest 2024, which I considerably participated in, a fortnight in the past.
Firstly, might I make clear it was not my concept. Having stated that, I have to say, it was properly organised and supremely properly carried out. (I’ll have been advised to say this, then once more, I’ll haven’t. You, expensive reader, won’t ever know). On a private word, it was an absolute triumph. I felt like Julius Caesar returning residence after subjugating the Gauls, and never simply due to my receding hairline.
At least two individuals recognised me, though one was the Uber driver that purchased us to the venue, and apparently might not have been paid in full. Then once more, he could also be only a voracious reader, struggling to get entry. Who is to say that yesterday’s voracious reader will not be as we speak’s Uber driver?
Now allow us to flip our eyes to the occasion during which I used to be a part of an august panel in January. I feel, our subject was both, ‘How to hold an audience’s consideration?’ or, ‘How to change more for a paperback edition, vis-à-vis, a hard-cover edition?’. Sadly, I can’t actually bear in mind as I wasn’t paying consideration on the time.
Here is what I do bear in mind. There have been individuals there. On stage, we had the gorgeous Anu Menon, the extraordinarily fashionable Kanan Gill, and the moderator was Suresh Balakrishnan. The energy trio had an enormous benefit over me. They had every learn not less than one full e-book. I’m not committing right here, however I’ll exit on a limb and say, in Suresh’s case, hearsay, unsubstantiated hearsay, has it — he might have even learn two. Despite this enormous drawback, I managed to outlive the session. This I did, by following the identical ideas I apply to surviving my marriage. That is by conserving quiet for big durations of time, and interspersing the silences with “Sorry”.
Now, let me rekindle some highlights, which can’t be made up, as they’ve all been recorded and uploaded to YouTube. As we all know, no matter is on YouTube, is the reality, the entire fact, and nothing however the fact.
The session kicked off with Kannan falling backwards off his chair. Why he did this, even Kannan wouldn’t know! Medication, and a direct problem to Newton’s Law of Gravity have been blamed. Then higher sense prevailed and all of us simply blamed the chair. Anu and Kannan answered all questions with embarrassing ease. Questions ranged from, a comparative examine of the works of Victor Hugo, Leo Tolstoy and Saadat Hasan Manto, to how do you spell Ayodhya accurately.
At the top of the session, Anu, Kanan and Suresh hugged one another and cried — Anu and Suresh, from the love the group generated for them that afternoon, and Kannan from the extreme again ache. (At the time of writing, the ache is kind of extreme, a lot so, that Kanan has hassle merely strolling his canine. Oops, sorry, I stand corrected — not from merely strolling his canine, it ought to learn, from merely strolling. The canine, poor fellow, is pressured to stroll his personal self.
So sorry individuals, since I’ll have been coerced into scripting this tribute to The Hindu Litfest 2024, I’ve no time to jot down on a subject for this column. This might come as a aid to you. However, it’s simply extra ache for me. The profitable quest for failure continues. Till we meet once more at The Hindu Litfest 2025. Meendum sandhippom (simply studying Tamil).
The author has devoted his life to communism. Though solely on weekends.