I have spent the last few days busy with other activities (yes, I don’t even remember which was the last film I saw—which says a lot!) I have been busy giving interviews, getting photographed—ugh—and rehearsing reading aloud with getting jittery and breathless.
For those of you not in the know, this is all because I’m on the verge of the launch of my first novel, The Englishman’s Cameo.
The Englishman’s Cameo is a detective novel set in the Delhi of 1656. The hero, Muzaffar Jang, is a somewhat maverick nobleman who willy-nilly ends up investigating a series of murders, the first of which has been attributed to a friend of Muzaffar’s. His quest for the real culprit takes Muzaffar across town and into the paths of a varied collection of characters: a wily eunuch, an eccentric Venetian physician, a beautiful and mysterious courtesan—and, of course, an Englishman whose cameo portrait may be a vital clue.
So that’s why dustedoff.wordpress.com will be abandoned for a little over a week. The book, published by Hachette India, will be formally launched in Delhi on 7th October, followed by a book tour consisting of events in Kolkata (9th October), Mumbai (10th October), Chennai (13th October) and Bangalore (14th October). If any of you would like to be there, do leave a comment below this post, and I’ll be glad to send you an invite.
The book, by the way, will be available in leading bookstores across the Indian subcontinent by mid-October. It’ll also be available on Amazon starting December 2009.
And with that last little unashamed bit of self-promotion, it’s bye-bye for now. I’ll be back soon, and hopefully not torn apart by the critics…