16 June, 2021

‘Her Claims Are Laughable’

“As Penguin’s CEO-publisher, I never looked at unsolicited works. I’d never heard of her or her novel till I got her notice.”

‘Her Claims Are Laughable’

David Davidar insists he never even knew her work existed:

Is it true that Sivasundari Bose submitted the manuscript of I Hunt for the Golden Stag to Penguin in 2000?

I’d never heard of Ms Bose or her novel till I received her legal notice a little over a year ago. According to her, she’d submitted many versions of her unsolicited manuscript to Penguin India. After her letter, I found out they were rejected every time by junior editors. As CEO-publisher at Penguin, I never looked at unsolicited works.

Sivasundari says your book, The House of Blue Mangoes, is based on her manuscript, that there are many similarities.

Her book—which I haven’t seen in manuscript or print—was published four years after The House of Blue Mangoes. She sent me her demands a decade later. The allegation is absurd. As for similarities, I’m sure you’ll read both books and see how laughable her claim is. If there is any copyright claim, as she alleges, she is...

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