Friday, May 09, 2014
At a Book Launch
It was at the HLF in 2011 that I and Hari first met Krishna Shastri Devulapalli and Chitra. Hari was on a panel in which Krishna Shastri was also a participant. Afterwards we got talking and over these couple of years we met a few times and that too for a few minutes or so. This is one reason why I was not aware that Chitra was an editor, had done her Ph.D in English Literature in the US. I also did not know her full name. It came as a complete surprise that Chitra, though diminutive in appearance, has accomplished so much. As if all that wasn’t enough she has now written a wonderful novel. Hari had told me in January that Chitra had written a book that would be launched sometime in April this year so I was kind of prepared. From the few pages that I have read so far it looks like the novel will make a major splash on the bestseller lists in no time, aided, in part, by the fantastic cover. The cover is designed by none other than the inimitable Krishna Shastri Devulapalli. I won’t be surprised if ‘The Americans’ picks up a few awards on the way up.
I might do a review of the book here sometime soon.