Sunday, October 3, 2010

Close encounters of the literary kind

Mouths opened in surprise when Education and Culture Minister M A Baby appeared five minutes before the inauguration of the Kovalam Literary Festival on Saturday.

"There is a bit of adventure in inviting a minister to a literary festival. There is always the possibility of the programme being delayed owing to his late arrival. So I took precautions," he said.

Thank you, minister, for breaking the mould.

When Jnanpith award winner O N V Kurup arrived, everybody stood up. Baby held the 79-year-old’s hand and helped him on to the stage. ONV spoke about the dying art of poetry.

‘’Poetry is kept in the hothouse under the artificial lights of the Indian Coffee House,’’ he said.

Full report here New Indian Express

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