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Indians invented colour: Candace Bushnell

Candace Bushnell, author of Sex And The City, speaks on feeling lost, fashion sense in India and her upcoming book. Sonakshi Babbar reports from Jaipur Literature Festival.

books Updated: Jan 22, 2011 14:29 IST
Sonakshi Babbar

The Jaipur festival actually breaks barriers, be it Javed Akhtar or Junot Diaz, you can find just about anyone browsing books or in queue for the washrooms.

After running around the whole day, trying to catch some big names, I finally found a nice spot and plonked myself comfortably under a tree.

While looking over my glass of juice at the crowd, my roving eye spotted a beautiful woman looking completely lost in the melee - as I looked closely, I realized she's the Sex And The City writer, Candace Bushnell.

CandaceI threw my juice, grabbed my pen and ran to her. After pleasantries, I jumped to the cross-questioning.

Dressed in a fitted striped blazer, high heels, and glitter eyeshadow, she told me what she thinks about the fashion sense of Indians.

"I think the fashion in India is fantastic. I think Indians invented colour. In New York, there's a tendency to wear black, but here people love wearing colours and they look beautiful. I'm really hoping to sneak out and do some shopping."

Admiring the throbbing energy of the festival, she revealed her excitement about being in India.

"I'm thrilled to be here, Indians are so into books and very friendly. One of the great things about the literary festival is that different people are united by love for books. There're some authors I want to meet but it's such a big festival I might just get lost."

Talking about Carrie Bradshaw, the unapologetic shopaholic in Sex And The City, she voiced her anxieties about the capitalist obsession with buying designer stuff.

"I grew up with the word no. When I was a kid, we didn't have designer outfits.You buy one handbag and a pair of shoes and you put it together. Style is about making what you have."

After the success of Sex And The City, she is has just finished another book, "I've a book coming out in a couple of friends, it's called Summer and the City, it's Carrie Diaries 2."

As I was thinking whether to ask about sex or different female characters in her books, she suddenly put on really apologetic smile, "Oh you know, I really have to catch up with friends," she said walking away to a really gorgeous looking firang.