Jaipur Literature Festival: Can you repeat the answer?
Published: Sunday, Jan 30, 2011, 3:04 IST
By Sheila Kumar | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
The leitmotif of the festival was The Question. Long-winded, vague, sometimes more essay than query, the questions came slow and ponderous, at every session. One questioner, male (I’ll desist from saying ‘of course’), asked Namita Ghokale what stopped her from writing full-time porn…. this proceeded to amuse all the women in the tent, given that they seemed to have a real-life pervert in their midst.
But for every inane question, there was Mr. Irascible himself, Orhan Pamuk, the anti-questioner. The man who felled foolish questions and questioners. “Yes yes,” he would say testily, “but where is the question? Do you have a question?” Even as the questioner started to waffle, “Next,” Pamuk would bark peremptorily; the intimidated audience would stifle smiles of sympathy for the questioner.
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