So this is how the Pickle Yolk pages get designed. With Abhishek Jha at his Atonal Indian design-cum-music studio, giving final touches to our forthcoming pickle yolk ‘Love Like That’ (the sumptuous illustrations are by Gautam Benegal). Not seen in the pic: yummy aloo parathas, loads of cigarette smoke, the funky (and some clunky) music instruments, the massive ego-bruising arguments (it finally comes down to which of us is the more creative sibling :p ) and the fabulous Usha Prasad who is busy clicking us. It’s fun until one of us ends up calling Mom up to settle the usual I’ve-always-been-better-at-this crisis, and the verdict is announced over failing mobile signal. 🙂
We have reason to celebrate! 🙂
Have returned home with priceless memories of a wonderful experience at The Raymond Crossword Book Award 2014. The Susu Pals did not win, but I savoured every moment, enjoyed Crossword’s gracious hospitality, strengthened old bonds, forged new friendships, and had an extraordinarily good time. I would have loved to have someone, anyone, walk up to me and say, ‘I LOVE your book!’ but what I did hear instead were a few ‘I LOVE your saree!’s.’ Well, the small little things that bring us joy when the almost-attainable has given you a miss! 🙂 Alicia, we missed you. Samina, Payal, Shilpa, applause and respect. And a beautifully worded citation it was for Shals Mahajan, the winner in the children’s category.
— at NCPA Nariman Point.