|Guardian. No Satanic Verses Allowed!.|
There are many components that go into an event being the ‘Greatest’, not the least among which is organization and management.
It was in this facet, that the festival did not live up to its hype.
If one were to describe this event, one would say, “An Excellent Event, Spoiled by Bad Management”.
Attentive, informed and well behaved audiences ensured, that provided you could find space, intellectual stimulation and enjoyment were a given.
|School Children Galore.|
A heartening feature was the large number of young people and school children that thronged the venue and participated with rapt attention. This in a way was a repudiation of this author’s oft stated belief that the art of reading was dying. I was happy to ‘eat crow’.
|Good Content, Great Discussions.|
Content wise they were not disappointed, but,-- there always seems to be a ‘But’ somewhere; the very success of the festival was in a way its own undoing.
|All Exits Blocked!|
The crowds were too large for the venue and this was compounded by some extremely poor management and organization on the ground.
|All Aisles Blocked! Standing Room Only!.|
|Young Ladies Deciding on Which Session to Attend!|
Overcrowding in featured events was at least understandable, as entry was free and public interest was high. In the paid, evening events too, the packing in of at least twice the number of people that the venues could safely hold, was nothing short of criminal.
|Disappointed Lady. No Place to Stand Either. Exits Blocked!|
A golden opportunity to promote tourism to India, Jaipur and Rajasthan, featuring the literature festival somehow seems to have been lost.
|Long Queues, Upto The Main Road - Patience!.|
It needs be said, however, that the crowd behavior was impeccable, and people were accommodating.
|D. Remnick - Ed: The 'New Yorker' On Obama.|
|Relaxing in The Lawns.|
There were Book signings and subsidiary events galore.
|Whiskey, Beer or Wine?|
|Waiting For Good Times!|
Far too many visitors felt short-changed and quite a few foreign tourists carried away a negative impression of India's organising abilities. One hopes that the organizers will take note for the next year.
|Good Times With Friends and Family.|
|All Purpose Vehicle!.|
We ourselves took some time our, bonded with family and friends and generally had a great time, before braving the crazy traffic on our way back home to Delhi.
|The Milling Crowds, Travelled from The World Over!|