Posted On Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 09:08:22 AM
A book reading and discussion that goes beyond an hour should strictly be avoided, unless of course you have stellar personalities on the panel who can add value to the author’s work and enlighten the audience.
Otherwise, the purpose of the book launch is wasted if people only mumble the most mundane things. Your diarist attended the release of The Newsroom Mafia by Oswald Pereira and was left sorely disappointed by the affair.
Please don’t misunderstand, the author was an interesting character. A former journalist, he had the real time experience to back his writing and most importantly, he spoke to the point, but if the panel doesn’t complement the author, things can get dull.
The panelists, consisting of local authors asked the most dullquestions and made redundant statements to a point that a significant number from the audience made an early exit.
Thanks to Pereira for saving the day, he managed to keep your diarist engaged with his insightful anecdotes on how the crime syndicate works. In hindsight, it would have been better if only Pereira had talked, the rest would have followed.
Final touches are being put to perhaps one of the most keenly awaited memoirs in the fashion business.
Come August, when Fashion Week goes underway, Wendell Rodricks will launch his tell all on the glamorous runways.
While his first, a coffee table book hronicling style in Goa was unveiled during the Jaipur Lit Fest, Wendell could not perhaps ask for a better platform for unleashing this one.