20 January, 2021


"Hoop tricks", book-launches and the Super cop's spiritual connection...

illustration by Jayachandran Sometimes it’s hard for a first-time novelist to judge if a book launch is meant to boost her ego or to sell the book. Manjushree Thapa, author of The Tutor of History, has already had a launch in Kathmandu befitting "the first major novel in English to emerge from Nepal". That launch accomplished both—massaged her ego and sold all the 200 copies that Penguin India had flown in for the event. But another launch in Delhi? The shy and self-confessed "socially maladjusted person" that she is, Manjushree says she is tempted to say, "Hey! it’s just a novel, leave me alone." But on the other hand, there is the reason why writers agree in the first place to turn into performers. "I’m lured by the promise of one day, eventually, if I perform all the right hoop tricks, I’ll be able to make a living off writing," admits Manjushree.

illustration by Jayachandran If anyone had doubts of how...



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