Would you avail, if presented the opportunity to witness the speakers like Vijay Sehsadri, Vir Sanghvi, Samar Halarnkar, Rashmi Bansal, Gulzar Saab, Barkha Dutt, Chetan Bhagat, Amish Tripathi, Ashwin Sanghi, Devdutt Pattanaik, Ramachandra Guha, Cyrus Broacha, Shashi Tharoor and many more such elite speakers, watch a performance by the Sugnaram Bhopa & Group, The Chamber Singers, watch internationally acclaimed plays, get books signed by your favourite authors and also enter a book swap, all this and so much more for free?
No, I haven’t gone insane or spewing nonsensical stuff, like I do most of the times on my blog. Coming across a twitter feed of the event, I had to double-check my facts, pinch myself thrice, rub my eyes four times to confirm whether what I was reading was even true. Indeed it was. I had come across the glorious twitter feed of the Tata Lit Live 2014. Heading over to the website, I myself was in shock and awe as to the scale of the event in which it was being organized. Kudos to the team for having been able to manage all that!!!! Without thinking for one more second, I headed to the parents room to get my permission to attend this lifetime of a chance. A little background on this, I am 20, just another engineering droplet in the sea of engineers across the country who lives in Ahmedabad. Hence I needed permission to get to the city of Mumbai, where the event was being held. Being such cool parents, they instantly said yes, but now that I think, I guess hey just wanted some peace and quiet in the house, and seeing Tata Lit Live 2014 as their chance to have the same for the next 5 days, why would they think about saying no. So I packed my bags and headed to the mega city to experience the event in all its glory.
The first event on the first day was the launch of Gulzar’s book and his conversation with a friend Mr Pavan Varma. Gulzar Saab has always been the guy who has dished out poems and couplets that touch the soul and seeing him speka live in front of you. Oh, it was a different experience altogether.
Not going deep into the each events that I attended or you all will either close the tab or start snoring like a guy did during the talks between Father Mascarehas, Harsh Mander, Sanjay Baru and Samar Harlarnkar on the topic “The Relevance of the Liberal in the Modi Era”.
The event that stood out for me on the second day i.e. the 31st October was the one-man play by Martin Mohan titled All the Rage. It was probably the most beautiful play I have ever seen in my life, so compelling and emotionally touching, the play talks about the anger that engulfs us in one moment and how weirdly we are wired regarding the emotions that make us. Beautiful to say the least and my wors won’t do any kind of justice to the great play.
On the third day of the Tat lit Live 2014, I went to Prithvi Theatre. Being a tourist, I wanted to explore the city more and hence took my ride to Juhu where the glorious Prithvi Theatre stands. The event that stood out for me during the day was the one with Ashish Shakya who is a humour columnist for the Hindustan Times talking to Santhnam Sanghera, Atray Banan and Amy Fernandez on the topic of Changing Idea of Romance in India. A really good discussion that often had us in splits and some bouts of actual thinking. The line that made me lose it was when Ashish says, ” Arrange Marriage is a case of the Stockholm Syndrome”. Hysterical and true to the point if you really consider and think about it.
Fast forwarding to the last day, the best of all. Events with the authors I have read a lot and respect the most, Devdutt Pattanaik and Ramachandra Guha. Getting the books signed by them and being able to talk to them was probably the moment I will never be able to forget in my life. Even though I already had a copy of all the books by Devdutt, in that moment, the opportunity to get a book signed by the man was too much for me and I caved in, bought another copy right there and got it signed. The same goes with Mr Ramachandra Guha, all his books adorn my shelves yet for that one particular sign, I was ready to buy another book. This is what happens when you et to meet your idols in real life. Not ashamed to say, I was acting like a fangirl on the spot, not knowing what to speak, just elated at the opportunity to do so.
Here are a few pics I managed to sneak in with my good ol camera. Not a dslr, but works fine for me. 🙂
In the end I would like to thank the absolutely brilliant team of Tata Literature Live 2014 that transformed it into such a huge success and the team of BlogAdda as well for making me write on the deadline as no more Landmark vouchers if I don’t post by midnight. (wink wink)