26 November, 2020


The rush for Rushdie not lessened by his speaking fee of $45,000 while the Alchemy of Desire endears itself to the French...

A Rush For Rushdie
With litfest fever spreading across India, Salman Rushdie seems to be having a tough time fending off the invitations. Last heard, he was approached by IIT Kanpur. They wanted him to lead their maiden litfest last fortnight. His agent sent them Rushdie's terms: "In addition to first class travel and expenses, Mr Rushdie's honorarium for international events is $45,000. If you have any questions please feel free to call or e-mail me at your convenience." There weren't any questions, of course. But the writer's speaking fee must have impressed the IITians. A record number of them signed up for the creative writing course that was part of the litfest.

Mussoorie, Anyone?
Other writers seem to be as fatigued by litfests as Rushdie. Over 60 writers—A, B and even C list ones—received invitations but none could make it. Is it the prospect of Kanpur or the thought of facing a roomful...



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