I had one look at the invitation and literally jumped in excitement. I t was for a Book Launch at one of the five star hotels in the city. More than the venue what attracted me was the title of the book—something very dear to women like me who is fond of the art that is the easiest way to win “her” man’s heart who incidentally is my husband! The airconditioned hall was jam packed, the audience constituting apart from who is who of society besides (surprisingly) some young ladies as well. They were dressed in the “most” modern fashions which made them look really really hep and me looking like a traditional “mami” with my kanjeevaram sari and flowers in my hair, a contrast indeed!
The event started a little late, not surprisingly though. The reason being, more than half a dozen celebrities were lined up to talk about the book that was being launched. They all arrived one by one and were formally requested to take their seats, placed at the centre stage.
How can so many people launch a book? Enquired my neighbour softly.
Probably they are here only to say something about their impressions of the book, and the chief guest would be arriving shortly I guess, I said.
My guess proved right because just then the name of the chief guest was announced and all eyes turned to the person walking up to the stage to launch the book. Clad in spotless white pajama-kurta, in his inimitable style he gave a bird’s eye view of the book and formally launched it to a standing ovation.
Then followed the introduction of the celebrities, who were said to be well versed in their respective field of work.The M.C. requested each one to say a few words about the book. We waited eagerly to hear their impressions. They all began by thanking the organizers for being invited to such an important occasion and thanked the author for sending them a copy of her valuable book in advance. What they spoke next was all about their respective field of activity and not a word was said about the book or its contents !
Why did the organizers have to invite these celebrities who may be artistes in their own right but seem to know nothing about culinary art? remarked my neighbour. For all I know none of them would have entered the kitchen in their lives, she added.
Quite true, but I am wondering what they would all do with the complimentary copies of such an expensive book which they don’t seem to have even browsed through, I quipped.
N Meera Raghavendra Rao