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At the lit fest: Fun for the non-literary

Are you the one of reluctant Lit Fest attendees, who has been dragged to the festival by your intellectual spouses/friends/colleagues? Well, fret not.

books Updated: Jan 24, 2012 11:53 IST

Are you the one of reluctant Lit Fest attendees, who has been dragged to the festival by your intellectual spouses/friends/colleagues? Well, fret not. At this five day ‘literary festival, there’s more than meets the eye. Here’ a quick guide for the ones whose experience of ‘literature’ is limited to Mills & Boons and Cosmopolitans.

Literary ‘Feast’

Won’t be caught dead with a Michael Ondaatje in your hands? No worries, you can experience ‘Death by Chocolate’ at the Moosli Café, one of the many cafes, littered over the festival venue. There’s the Sula Wine counter, the Desi Videshi Café, and many others where you can gorge on delicacies all day. If you still crave for that tangy chat, no need to visit Rawat kachori-wala, you can get every possible chaat at the numerous snack tables on the front lawns.

Baubles for the babes

Ritu Kumar, Fab India, Amrapali? No, we’re not asking you to catch a plane to Delhi and head to DLF Emporio. Just stay in Diggi Palace and shop for everything from sapphire rings to silk jackets. If this doesn’t quench your appetite, head to the handicraft stalls set up by various NGO’s. Here you can buy hand-made bags, get a tattoo – all for a social cause. And while you’re at it, don’t miss the Penguin Socialite bag, it would make a great fashion accessory.

Soaking in the sun

The temperature in North India (Indians guests) is 7 degrees and in USA (firang guests), umm… must be below 0 degrees. So when you have the time to get some Vitamin D, hit the grounds! The front lawns are pretty vast, you can grab a sunny spot and relax and oh carry your iPod, you don’t want to hear Raja Shehadeh drone on about the Palestinian War, now do you? If you have an allergy to ‘literary congregations, just head to the central garden, sprawl on the grass, play games on your Nokia Lumia, and smirk at the eccentric crowd.

Musical soiree

Is your head aching with the academic jargon of Richard Dawkins and Stephen Pinker? Just head to the music hall and get lulled by the soothing language of music. From a gypsy band Jaipur Kawa Brass Band, to the popular Coke Studio you can get jiggy with electronic, pop, or sufi music. Still yearning for some Bollywood tadka? No worries! Shruti Pathak, Mar Jawa (Fashion) is there to cheer you up.