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The Hindu Lit for Life 2018

Bama, Sambaiah Gundimeda and Sharankumar Limbale in conversation with Mini Krishnan at the Lit For Life 2018.   | Photo Credit: R. Ragu

Visitors to The Hindu’s Lit for Life 2018 were a confused bunch. Should they grab a spinach & corn sandwich or get a selfie with Sebastian Faulks first? Was that Gulzar who had just casually brushed past? Would Pranay Lal’s Indica be sold out before they reached the bookstall? Should they catch the session on trolling or the one on Tamil writer Imayam?

In this package, read about the three days that was more carnival than lit fest, when Jignesh Mevani was a mobbed like a rockstar, or when Taslima Nasreen's session was just as packed as Karan Johar's.

The three days at LFL 2018 were a melting point of discussion, argument, creativity and just plain fun. But beyond that, they represented a small and determined hub of freedom, where speakers said what they wanted to without fear of muzzling. Where audiences reached out directly to writers, poets, politicians, stars and thinkers as they would to acquaintances.

“The difference at LFL,” said one participant, “is that visitors here come to listen to you, not to socialise or network.” That’s perhaps the little je ne sais quoi that sets LFL apart. And draws in the best minds, year after year.

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