Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Solar Eclipse/ Jaipur Lit Festival





Solar Eclipse today and my mind whirls back to my childhood days in India. I remember sitting excitedly with my brothers and sisters watching the solar eclipse with shades on. The warnings that one should not see it with the naked eyes was repeated often and yet the curiosity to look at the marvel of nature that happens every few years could not be restrained. Strangely enough one was also asked to take a 'headbath' that is wash ones hair and clean the whole body. Wonder why such superstitions were followed? Wash away the harmful rays maybe? The cloudy skies in Scotland today will not permit a view but one can look at images online.

Another Lit Fest with a line up of authors that is deliciously tempting. The DSC Jaipur Literature Festival considered Asia-Pacific’s leading literature event is a celebration of national and international writers and encompasses a range of activities including poetry, music & dance, debates, readings, impassioned panel discussions and workshops. Entering its sixth year, the festival has already hosted some of the best-known national and international writers & personalities including Salman Rushdie, Wole Soyinka, Ian McEwan, Vikram Seth, Niall Ferguson, Roberto Calasso, Roddy Doyle, Lawrence Wright, Kiran Desai, Pico Iyer, Simon Schama, Thomas Keneally, Hanif Kureishi, Vikram Chandra, Steve Coll, Daniyal Mueenuddin, Hari Kunzru, Mohammed Hanif, Colin Thubron, Suketu Mehta, Andrew O’Hagan, Geoff Dyer, Amit Chaudhuri, Fatima Bhutto, Michael Frayn, Stephen Frears, Alexander McCall Smith, Donna Tartt, Tina Brown, Shashi Tharoor, Mohammed Hanif, Paul Zacharia, John Berendt, Christopher Hampton, Nadeem Aslam, among many others.

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