Raymond Crossword Book Award 2014

Raymond Crossword Book Award 2014

Awards and Recognition Blog

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.

IMG_20150427_191645

The happy visual jamboree at Crossword, Kemps Corner.

IMG_20150428_172156

The hurriedly clicked and bbmed pic to my family before I rushed out to attend the event. I wish I hadn’t been this stupid to not have any other pic of the entire evening!

IMG_20150428_225403

The yummy wall at the NCPA.

IMG_20150429_133051

Happy for a picture book to have made it this far.

IMG_20150427_191816

Susu before science! Methinks happy days are here for our book-loving kids! 🙂

Crossword Shortlist

The day the shortlist was announced!

10423700_10153286667214085_407461047741682229_n 10600480_10153286722279085_8881051231478195086_n 11150752_10153282323259085_6667408680402152569_n

Pickle Yolk Books at Bologna Book Fair 2015!

Pickle Yolk Books at Bologna Book Fair 2015!

Blog

We were excited to attend our first ever Bologna Children’s Book Fair this year! The National Book Trust (India) graciously offered us their stand space (thank you, Mr Mohapatra!). Sharing some hurriedly mob-clicked pics:

14

That’s me. grinning! At the NBT (India) stand. Day 1

1

My first! Thrilled. Excited. Grateful. 🙂

5

Signing a copy of The Unboy Boy for an Italian library! Much loved, much appreciated at Bologna, The Unboy Boy. Day 4

7

Not everything under-the-table is dubious. Art, for instance.

2

Upside down is always fun.

11

It’s fun watching people walk in with all sorts of things, including cakes!

12

Spotted!

10

To get you started. By the side of the snack bar.

9

The idea is to return home wiser.

13

WORD.

15

The Illustrators Exhibition.

8

Low hanging books are always yummier than low hanging fruits.

The last day of the fair:

3

Bit by bit, the lovely stands come undone. It’s heartbreaking.

4

Bit by bit, the lovely stands come undone. It’s heartbreaking.

6

It’s the last day and the gorgeous gorgeous books are on sale everywhere! For Euro 5 each! Amazon.com, try beating that!

 

Confessions of a Fledgling Publisher and a Somewhat Author – 1

Confessions of a Fledgling Publisher and a Somewhat Author – 1

Blog Confessions of a fledgling publisher and a somewhat author.

So I sit at my desk, feeling low at every blob of disappointment that’s flying in from all sides these past couple of days. My showstopper books aren’t going to be ready in time for Bologna, after all. Far from ready, actually! As the calender zooms in uncannily closer to my date of departure, I am beginning to give up my foolish optimism.

Hmmm. So what am I going to share with agents and publishers I have fixed up to meet?

One part of my mind screams, ‘Activate plan B!’. Smart thought. Only, I don’t have one!

So WHAT am I going to share with agents and publishers I have fixed up to meet?

Let’s see where we stand. I’ve listed five books (oh, come on, I’ve just set up shop) in our catalogue for Bologna 2015, two of which have been out for a while, one is in a print-ready state, and the other two are about one tenth done. No wait, my daughter’s doing her fractions at school these days, I’d better get this right: about one eighth done now. Am hoping it goes up to one sixth by the time I’m ready to leave.

Yeah, but what am I going to share with agents and publishers I have fixed up to meet ?

Three full-done and two semi done may not sound that awful when I tell everyone we are barely two months old, right? And besides, I’ve heard of authors and publishers attending the fair with just two books.

Ha! Smart! So now what am I going to share with agents and publishers I have fixed up to meet?

‘Go with the flow, go for the experience; nothing ever ‘happens’ on the first visit. Or even the fifth, for that matter,’ the veterans have been telling me. I need to keep telling myself I am going there to see, learn, explore, learn, meet people, learn, have fun, learn, gorge on gelato, learn and just generally learn.  Yeah, all that has a zen like zing to it, but the bottom line still remains:

What the fucking hell am I going to share with agents and publishers I have fixed up to meet?!

Frankly, I don’t know. And I should stop allowing the nag of a concern from preventing me to savour the exciting build up to my first ever Bologna Children’s Book Fair! After all, the 30 min slots are just that, 30 min slots for a face-to-face. Just how bad can it get without having ‘stuff to show’? 🙂

And just as I see some of my optimism return, my daughter shouts out to show me this: Mr Cavity

Mr Cavity and the onlooker are done, but she wants me to tell her how many warts and pimples I’d like to see on Ms Tootie’s face. The warts go with the black, and the pimples will be done in red. She has it all sorted out.

Not like the clueless mother who’s still wondering about what the …! 🙂