From the message of inclusivity to a catharsis of sorts, the third day saw large crowds collectively mulling over issues of grave importance.
The Future as a Mosaic
The brilliant session at the Samvad venue titled, ‘LITERATURE FOR ALL: THE JCB PRIZE SHORTLIST IN BRAILLE’ tried to bridge the gap between cultural heritage and disability. The session talked of the problems and both the advancements made and needed, when it comes to people with disabilities. And ultimately aimed at broadening the reach and diversity of the contemporary Indian Literature. In view of the wonderful spirit of the session, a recent Braille book was put on display for people to touch and feel the needs of the people with disabilities.
A Shikara on the memories of the lost souls
Director Vidhu Vinod Chopra took the centre stage to talk about his upcoming film, Shikara. The film is based on the mass exodus of the Kashmiri Pundits that took place way back some 30 years ago. An emotional Vidhu Vinod Chopra was met with loud applause by the audience, which he shared with the writer Rahul Pundita on whose book the story is losely based. Even after 30 years, the trauma hung in the air like a Japanese perfume. People could feel the pain of their Kashmiri compatriots.
To the accessories and beyond
Amidst all the gravitas of the thought-action and ideas exchanged during the sessions, the festival remained equally lively in other parts as well. The festival bazaar area which is, funnily enough, spelt as ‘Buzzaar’, indeed created a buzz with all the kinds things that it has to offer. From exotic breakfast to funny looking chocolates, the “buzzaar” has some seriously weird vibe going for it.
Overall, it was a day of two halves. While on the one hand, it pushed one to think of an inclusive future with more diversity, on the other it asked for deep introspection.
The infamous crowdy Sunday seems packed with some stunners that promise to test the limits of the workmanship of the organizers and also the resolve of the booklovers.