The three day Hindu LFL has just got over with an array of speakers, mostly veteran authors and artists holding panel discussions regarding their contributions to literature. There were also a few belonging to the third gender participating in the Literary festival for the first time. The highlight of the first day was the key note address by Omar Abdullah. His extempore speech on ‘My Kashmir’ was straight from the heart which kept the audience spell bound. Unfortunately there was not enough time for questions. The first session ‘Cities under water’ was fairly interesting but for one of the panelists who took a long time to convey what their city has gone through whenever nature showed its fury.
Towards the end of the second day, the December deluge and the spirit of Chennai constituted the topic for discussion and again excepting for one of the panelists who was extremely disappointing, the session was quite absorbing.
The highlight of the final day was ‘Funnily Enough’and true to its theme, Alexander McCall Smith proved he is not only a writer of humour but a humorous speaker as well holding the audience’s attention throughout making light of the most serious experiences of authors, especially when movies are made out of their works.
It was amusing to hear a chic sitting next to me say when asked whether she was a fan of a particular author because he was handsome, ‘yes partly that’s the reason.’ I was happy she confessed she read just one novel of his. Probably that was the reason sessions addressed by this author/parliamentarian commanded maximum audience in the festival!
Now it is left for authors to get really inkspired to soldieron with their next book.