25 October, 2020


Festschrift? Some sort of orgy? So thought Ruskin Bond, but there were other bare and dare tales from the house of Roli, as well...

Roli Books are still at it. The proud co-inventors of the book-launch party culture decided to celebrate their 25th birthday with what else but a lavish five-star party. An unusual addition to the usual cocktail speeches was a list of anecdotes that were read aloud. Every publisher has a fund of these crisis stories mostly revolving around the egos of authors. But few dare to bare them so publicly. The story, for example, of the battle of egos between star author Khushwant Singh and even starrier photographer Raghu Rai. The collaboration for The Sikhs, one of Roli's first coffee-tablers, was smooth, according to Roli, until it came to the billing. Rai felt this was a picture book, and he deserved to go first. Khushwant, on the other hand, insisted that since the book was about Sikhs, his name should go on the top. The compromise: Khushwant's name on top, while Raghu's name on the jacket was two points larger.

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