We started the second day much earlier, hoping to attend more sessions. Before I continue I just want to point out that this chronology might not be accurate and I think I have two days photos mixed up in this post. So if you’re looking to check a specific author, please visit the festival website.
Had to show you the killer photoshop skills this poster maker has! The skin is like made for Vogue!
With Ilsa in “A Sense Of Place”
The talk was about travel writing and its future, now that everyone has access to google maps and pictures, sounds, videos from a location.
Clicking with the basic KB10
One of the funniest talk ever. Well not just funny but incredible fascinating and brilliant writers speaking about their work. Peter Hessler, Pico Iyer, Akash Kapur and Samanth Subramanian in conversation with William Dalrymple
I did see someone sneak in with a beer and kept wondering, where can I get one!
William speaking about his book, not on India. “An effort to sell more books” as he said.
And just before it all ended
And off to the bookshop looking here and there
Off to the bookshop after that! (Again)
Orlando Figes is an author with seven books on Russia under his hat. Later in the day we heard him speak, great talk!
And this time, unlike the unfortunate gentleman stuck in a predicament, I didn’t buy any books! Ok, just 2 but I didn’t feel the urge to pick up more 🙂
Andrew Solomon spoke in the festival too, pictures of his lecture are down below
And another one!
Snooping around people’s backs to take pictures of books
Pico Iyer with his “the man within my head”
After that, sitting in the lawns, met up with Ananth who works with Penguin. And on asking him how come he’s here, he says “This is our woodstock dude!”
Back in the Durbar Hall to listen to another talk. The one going on was still to end.
Andrew Solomon answering a question from the audience
He spoke about depression and how it affects the human mind, lovely talk
Next I have to introduce you to the worlds more boring talk (my personal opinion) and this was Makarand Sathe reading “The Man Who Tried To Remember”.
On the way out of Diggi Palace to catch a bite
GEM, single screen cinema I presume..
And then we had some Ali Baba Juice!
Wandering about in the city..
Last stop before heading back..
And on top William Dalrymple’s talk on his new book “Princes and Painters”. Couldn’t hear or see anything so left that midway
Trying to figure out what to see next..
And ended up in this talk, about crossing borders
The talk was by publishers on content crossing over in international territories and the issues regarding the same. By Vera Michalski, Judith Curr, Vaiju Naravane, Ameena Saiyid and Sirish Rao with Urvashi Butalia
The whole tent was lined with prayer flags under the sun
Great talk to understand the viewpoint of publishers rather than just writers
And now to the last talk of the day
Orlando spoke about a love story between two individuals. The man who’s in a detention camp under the soviet army and the women who’s a scientist in Moscow, exchanging letters for years and years
A lovely talk which examines not only human emotion but documentary writing
A photograph from the book, the two lovers who wrote more than 1200 letters and shot hundreds of pictures, enough to fill a whole truck
The day ended with some sheesha and drinks with friends
On the rooftop of the friends house
With trippy lights
Last of the day