The past week was buzzing with literary activities which provided food for the intellect leaving an after taste as well. The first event was a tribute paid to the Tamil writer Devan by V.Gangadhar, journalist and columnist. It was held at CPArts Centre, Alwarpet and the ‘elevator’ appeared too inviting and the four of us who stepped in, literally held our breath the few minutes it lugged us to the top shaking and wobbling all the way. Mr.V.Gangadhar’s talk on Devan and his popular works was though informal appeared very lively and informative. It was interspersed with touches of humour, as was characteristic of the speaker who ran his column ‘Slice of Life’ in the Hindu for 18 years.
Next was a Talk by Dr.Venkatachalapathy on the book ‘The making of the Madras Working Class’ written by Dilip Veera raghavan which was held at the Taj Connemara. The speaker, who personally knew the author and was proud to be associated with him gave insights into the book and a peep into the author’s personality. He said his peers, students and friends looked up to him and readily and most willingly helped him in pursuit of his research on the subject which was subsequently published as a book, the first of its kind. Only at the end of his talk, the speaker revealed that the author was visually challenged.
The third was the launch of a book ‘Hitched to an Arranged marriage’ written by Nandini Krishnan held at Express Mall. By the time we could locate the venue after parking the car at the basement, the event was in progress with the author reading portions from her book. I could spot a few familiar faces in the audience who appeared to listen in rapt attention as the subject remained very topical albeit the controversies it aroused.
The first event had no Q and A but the other two did and it appeared some ask questions just for the sake of asking and to be noticed in the gathering.
The ‘literary’ after taste that was left in some of us who attended all the events made us wonder why the worthy books don’t get noticed and command larger audience as much as they deserve!
N meera raghavendra rao