Launch of Double Cream MemSahib?
A book in Verse
Kevin Martin, an AngloIndian author who made Australia his present home has ventured to write in a genre which Angels fear to tread.The audience was swept away by his very articulate presentation interspersed with a liberal dosage of humour of his literary journey which was anything but smooth when he tried to find a publisher for his book. He said his inspiration to write in verse was Vikram Seth, whose book he had purchased for rs.85/ and read through the night while staying in a hotel in Delhi. He landed with this book though he had intended to pick up ‘The Suitable Boy’ which had just then hit the market. The deal did not come through when the hawker in Connaught place refused to budge about its price when Kevin quoted rs.50/ less. ‘It was more to appease my ego that I picked up the book by the same author placed below the best seller which I knew I would not read!’ He said laughing.
The passages that were read out from the book gave us a peep into ‘Double Cream Memsahib?’and the conversation the author had with Noel Thomas, author/editor gave us an insight into the author’s mind by the deft manner the latter framed his questions. Questions from the audience, though just a couple for want of time were answered by Kevin in an extremely honest and candid manner displaying his humility.
n.meera raghavendra rao