IITs to introduce rival lit fest at Jaipur?
IITians across the country rejoiced as rumors of the institute planning a rival literature festival to Jaipur gained traction. According to sources, the institute believes it will be a great platform for IITians who end up writing trashy 100 rupee novels about love and heartache...Gursimran Khamba reports.Updated: Jan 23, 2012 16:34 IST
IITians across the country rejoiced as rumors of the institute planning a rival literature festival to Jaipur gained traction. According to sources, the institute believes it will be a great platform for IITians who end up writing trashy 100 rupee novels about love and heartache in the Indian fiction section that no one buys in their quest to emulate Chetan Bhagat.
A senior faculty member on the condition of anonymity said, "As you can see in any bookstore, half the Indian fiction section is full of shit our students self-publish in their quest to be famous. We can't even discourage them since the sex they get in their book is the only kind they ever get. The ultimate aim of this literature festival is to get all our students together under one roof and conduct a workshop so that all their bloody books don't end up being the same lameass story about love and relationships on campus. I mean what relationships? Where are the women?"
Students however are very pleased with this decision. Ramesh, a novelist who has already had 16 drafts rejected till he finally convinced his friend's uncle at Aggarwal Printing Press to publish 20 copies in matte finish said, "Yes! I is looking very much forward for this event. Like my favourite book say, I want to discover my diamond".
Organisers of the Jaipur Literature Festival also expressed excitement in a press release saying, "We will be very happy if this idea is executed. We hope they do this parallel to our festival so we don't have to deal with inviting their literary alumni to ours. We'd rather keep focussed on impressing white people and Delhi's page three with our palaces, fancy parties, banned authors and elephants".
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First Published: Jan 23, 2012 16:22 IST