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The ‘insider’ who spared none at JLF

The 2018 edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) came to an end on Monday and the most keenly followed, widely appreciated participant was @JLFInsider.
Snide, sarcastic, caustic and above all, extremely funny, the person or persons behind this Twitter handle, started in 2014, have chosen to keep their identity hidden. While concerted but failed efforts were made to unmask their identity, @JLFInsider remained by far the most entertaining aspect of the literature fest this year.
The crowd-sourced Twitter handle, with more than two persons handling it, had an opinion on roughly most things, from clothes to speeches, Shashi Tharoor, and itself. Tharoor could have easily been the topic of most tweets from this handle. One of the earlier tweets put out said: “Overheard: ‘Pichle saal na, Shashi Kapoor aaya tha.’ ‘Haan bechara mar gaya na.’ ‘Oh sorry, uska naam Shashi Tharoor tha. Ab yaad aaya’.” (Last year, Shashi Kapoor was here. Yes, poor soul is now dead. Oh sorry, his name was Shashi Tharoor, I just remembered.) Nobody was spared in its irreverence. A deadpan introduction to a session on ‘The Rise and Fall of Dinosaurs in India’ was “a session about the executive committee of Indian National Congress“.
So, far-reaching was its popularity that not even ‘celebrity guests’ were able to ignore it. As one person said, you have not arrived if @JLFInsider has not tweeted about you. And sure enough, senior journalist Vir Sanghvi, trolled for wearing dark glasses on stage during one session, promptly put on his shades again during another session, saying “@JLFInsider , this is for you!”
Source : timesofindia



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