After the opening day frenzy, the second day left me with comfortable spaces between sessions I had shortlisted to attend, turning the Day 2, a buoyant but not busy day.

Conversation with the Nobel Laureate, Abdulrazak Gurnah was a riveting one that spanned across his childhood and youth, his years as an academician, his process of writing and above all, his way of life.

Poetry had its music with Ranjit Hoskote and Gunjan Ahlawat which reached a tingling crescendo with Gulzar Saahab whose session witnessed, perhaps, the most number of attendees. His recitations were deep and impactful, as usual.

Siddhartha Mukherjee‘s deliberations on cell theory and its place amongst the universal laws that run the human life were fascinating, to say the very least.

Gathered snippets of art strewn across the venue and suspended from concealed make-shift roof ceilings – mulled over their vibrant meanings without missing a beat in tummy for some yum food (froyo to be precise. Ahem!)

The only gripe? No ‘Chats with the Dead’ or ‘Exquisite Cadavers’. Festival Bookstore – hear, hear!

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