Shashi Tharoor is at it again Image: IANS
Jaipur Literature Festival is the most popular, most talked-about literature festival in the country. So, on its last day today, we have a not-so-awed take from the arena, thanks to Twitter handle @JLFInsider.
Here's presenting JLF Insider, who believes in serving bias-free inside accounts straight from the lit fest. The same one where Rishi Kapoor gets as much stage time as Booker winner Paul Beatty. Where Suhel Seth and Shashi Tharoor earn a full house. Where the charged-up sessions get talked about for years to come.
And then @JLFInsider happens:
Biggest crowd pullers at JLF in increasing order:— JLF Insider (@JLFInsider) January 22, 2017
Things are kept topical. This is for the time when incensed speakers pulled out of the fest, thanks to participation from RSS leaders. So, JLF's insider had to have a say:
suhel seth on mansplaining and Manu Joseph on cultural appropriation. #JLF2017 doing it right. Next, RSS on love and tolerance. Oh wait.— JLF Insider (@JLFInsider) January 23, 2017
And the uncensored, uncut reports come in just like that. Ah!
Reporter to shashi tharoor: Sir can we take my photo?— JLF Insider (@JLFInsider) January 22, 2017
Polyglot tharoor: how's my hair?
A straight-up honest description of the crowd in attendance:
"They would wear leather jackets + flashy shirts + jewellery + shades."— JLF Insider (@JLFInsider) January 22, 2017
Luke Harding talking about the Russian Mafia.
Or Jaipuri men.
All the dope on how one keeps things entertaining at the fest:
They are playing a recording of someone throttling Suhel Seth to signal the end of time at hand.— JLF Insider (@JLFInsider) January 22, 2017
Insider is clearly obsessed with Shashi Tharoor:
looking forward to @ShashiTharoor session to see him flick hair at British raj. And blush when asked which heroine he wants to act with.— JLF Insider (@JLFInsider) January 22, 2017
Insider also recognises true-blue self-confessed 'geeks':
JLF drinking game: take a shot every time Vikram Chandra tells the audience he's a geek.— JLF Insider (@JLFInsider) January 22, 2017
On a side note, I may have been drunk yesterday.
This is exactly how 'literature fans' behave at a literature festival. Take note, please:
People are picking up books from the signed copies stack at the bookstore and just clicking a picture of the signed page 😂— JLF Insider (@JLFInsider) January 21, 2017
Even the most intellectual authors weren't spared. Like Rishi Kapoor:
Rishi Kapoor seen hurriedly memorising WhatsApp forwards to prepare for his session later today.— JLF Insider (@JLFInsider) January 20, 2017
Or, panelist Imtiaz Ali (who, umm, has everything to do with literature *insert guffaw*):
Someone just asked this question to Imtiaz Ali:— JLF Insider (@JLFInsider) January 23, 2017
"Sir Rahman sir ko next movie me kyu nahi liya" 😂😂😂😂😂
While not-so-important writers like Dalits and tribals and people of colour are kept invisible at the fest. Did we hear someone bring up 'inclusivity'?
Or Dalit panelist. Or tribal. And for the ascetic, Dalit or tribal women https://t.co/KUdbUyuKyb— JLF Insider (@JLFInsider) January 23, 2017
But all's well that ends well, no?
JLF providing the authentic desert state experience with no water in the Charbagh toilet— JLF Insider (@JLFInsider) January 22, 2017