Valley Of Words
The Indian litfest scene is shifting to Bhutan this month, where the originators of the Jaipur litfest are organising the mountain nation’s first ever literary festival, Mountain Echoes, from May 17-20. Why Bhutan? Partly because one of the biggest patrons of litfests, Pavan Varma, has recently moved base there, as ambassador to Bhutan. But judging by the enthusiasm in Bhutan, a litfest of this sort—mixing Bollywood scriptwriters and lyricists with Chetan Bhagat and tempering it with some known and unknown literary voices from India and Bhutan—was long overdue. As for litfest addicts here, some of them have decided to travel all the way to Thimphu for what can only be described as literary tourism of a new sort.