24 November, 2020

Them Mango Blues

As charges against the publishing don fly, various theories emerge

Gireesh G.V.
Them Mango Blues

Khushwant Singh knows exactly where he stands on the sexual harassment suit filed in distant Canada against David Davidar, till recently an international publishing rockstar. At 95, the grand old man of the Indian literary world seems to trust, above all, his own instincts. And his instincts tell him that Davidar—whom he sees as brilliant, principled (“he went ahead with marriage to a divorced Sikh woman even though his family wouldn’t accept it”), attractive to women and “every inch a gentleman”—is a victim of “either revenge or blackmail”. Sitting in the famous Delhi drawing room where he has played host to the liveliest and the brightest—including Davidar—for the last 25 years, Khushwant can’t resist tossing off a final, provocative comment: “This may be a typical case of what I call bossophilia—women falling for their bosses.”



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