27 November, 2020


Why doesn't Allan Sealy like Delhi, especially for book readings? Only two people came for his reading at the British Council? Who? Was no booze offered, or what?

How Opal Got Caught
The sorry story of Harvard undergrad and latest chicklit sensation Kaavya Viswanathan's indiscriminate "internalising" from her favourite novelist's works holds a lesson both for writers and publishers. For writers, the moral is chillingly clear: it does not pay to be in a hurry and skip the process of drafting and redrafting your manuscript until you are dead sure the voice you hear is your own. But what about the publisher's role in all this? Desperate hunting for ever younger stars, they are rushing barely-completed MS to the printers, setting impossible deadlines and offering irresistible advances in their greed to hit the stores with the next bestseller.

Enduring Bond
Viswanathan was only 17 when she signed her contract for How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life. Ruskin Bond wasn't much older when he wrote his first novel, The Room on the Roof,...



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