Alexander McCall Smith

I was particularly looking forward to The Hindu Lit for Life festival in Chennai because I had heard good things about it. Now I can agree with that. A very very enthusiastic and lively audience. I also think the choice of subjects is very good because we seem to have quite a bit on current affairs, political issues, as well as sessions on the purely literary side of things. There was a very interesting session on the translation of poetry, and setting poetry to music and I found that fascinating. So, these are all very attractive features because literary festivals are always not about books or ideas but become one of the most important places and opportunities for discussion of ideas and not really just a discussion of books.