It took just a tweet to change the course of dinner conversation at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF). The news of the death of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor, spread like wild fire.
Guests, authors and visiting journalists were shocked by the late night developments of Friday, when Pushkar was found dead in a luxury hotel in New Delhi.
The news came just a day after the couple had claimed they were "happily married" despite an ugly public row.
In the wake of the personal troubles and personal loss, organisers confirmed that the minister would skip the festival this year. He was scheduled to launch a few books.
There were a few who chose not to concentrate on the gossip and enjoyed their drinks.
"It is a private matter. What has happened is unfortunate but this is not the place to talk about it. Let's talk about books," one guest was heard saying.