My dear friend Tanmay Agarwal has posted a short video that he shot during the FTII Wisdom Tree Festival held in...when, Sur?
Why am I posting what should make no sense to anybody else who's not from the FTII? Because I find myself puzzled. Yes, it brings it all back, these weird, floaty, smoke-induced flows of conversation (mostly inane when you think back). I think I recognise faces - Rajan Khosa, Sudhir Gupta certainly; was that guy in the specs one of my classmates? - and voices. I'm amazed at how typical the snatches of coversation are, how recognisably same the places are, though they've been arranged differently. But it makes me deeply uncomfortable. I feel like I'm watching a favourite performer fuck up big time in public.
And it reminds me once again of why I don't like going back to places where I studied* It was good to have been there. It's better to have left.
*Rishi Valley being the one exception, I suppose.