It's the Jaipur Literature Festival season. The 2016 edition of the world's largest free literature fest begins and the world's media has it eyes trained on the Pink City. The fest, which attracts a plethora of well-known authors, speakers and what not has been known to spawn a few controversies every year.
This year, before the actual fest even began, we have ourselves a Facebook rant doing the rounds. It has been written by one of the festival's biggest catch this year, Man Booker Prize winner, Marlon James.
Just to jog your memory, in 2015, James become the first Jamaican author to win the Man Booker Prize for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings. The book, a fictional account of the attempted assassination of Bob Marley, is set amid political upheaval in Kingston in the late 1970s.
Here's how his first taste of India was:
So I jump in this jeep because domestic flights are at a different airport than international. No prob, lets get in the...Posted by Marlon James on Wednesday, 20 January 2016
We can't really blame James for this painful post. I mean, wouldn't your reaction be more or less the same after 27 hours of no sleep? Add to that the madness that are our Indian airports and the Booker winning author can't really be faulted for his rant.
Of course, Twitter caught on quickly:
Marlon James is just the kind of nice guy you want upended at airports. And he was! https://t.co/2KAU5Nbqtg— Musharraf A. Farooqi (@microMAF) January 21, 2016
Ha ha. Pissed off writers are the best. Booker prize winner Marlon James is not amused by his first flight in India. https://t.co/Gcbt8pynlr— Brown Sahiba (@Rajyasree) January 21, 2016
But James took it all in his stride. What an amazing guy!
We feel you, Marlon. And, here's hoping the rest of your stay is hassle-free.