By Kouser Fathima
Literature festivals are the new fad in urban India. However, it seems that these lit fests have very little to do with actual literature. This is what I realised after attending the latest edition of Bangalore Literature Festival. It looked more like a social outing for the urbanites than a celebration of literature. In fact, it had everything that makes for a carnival: people, food, and fun with a little bit of literature thrown around.
I am neither a literature student nor an expert. My interest in lit fests is only as a book lover and I was disappointed with the lit fest I attended. I expected to see more of authors and literature students discussing books. What I saw was a well-dressed crowd (not that a writer can’t be well dressed) socialising, enjoying the food, and clicking pictures. It was no different from any of the social events…
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