"Scotland prsents 'Under the Kilt' " session sponsored by Scottish govt. to the tune of 10K. seated L-R; Niall Ferguson, William Dalrymple [chair] Alexander McCall Smith and Andrew O' Hagan.
NF accused scotland of being like Belarus - not the first place that normally springs to mind , unfashionable , unappealing, utterly insignificant . Independence he went onto say would only serve as a punishment and was in this sense desirable. It would've meant for instance that the country would've been exposed to the liabilities of its cockeyed banks and financial institutions most notably RBS meaning it would ve suffered the same fate as Iceland .
It was left to AMS and AH to defend their natal home. AMS countered saying that this was a completely outdated picture and that scotland was a modern dynamic society . AH that scots admittedly downbeat world view was a welcome antidote to the all pervasive, vacuous , american cheeriness ' scotland leads the charge in dispelling needless happiness from the world' . he ended the session with a couple of verses of Robert Burns proof positive of the significance of scotland on literary culture echoed today by the likes of Irvine Welsh
5th DSC Jaipur Literature Festival, 21-25 Jan 2010
one of the leading literature festivals in Asia a mix of panel discussions, lectures and readings by world renowned authors . Music also figures prominently in the evening programme.