Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s former aide Sanjaya Baru’s latest book — The Accidental Prime Minister: Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh — which has created ripples in India’s political circle, especially in the middle of general elections, is already out of stock in the city.
“Our stock of 20 books was sold out in a matter of few hours on Saturday itself,” said Vipin Kinger, owner of Asia Book House, Sector 17.
The book paints a damning portrait by claiming that Manmohan was PM in office but “not in power”, while Congress president Sonia Gandhi called the shots.
HT on Tuesday asked several book stores in the city whether the book was available with them, but the uniform answer was no as the first lot was off the book shelves and second edition was expected later this week.
Ajay Arora, owner of Capital Book Depot, said they got 60 books in their first lot and all of them were sold off on Tuesday.
“Such a response is seldom seen in literary circle. Last book to have such an unprecedented response was Harry Potter’s final novel, for which we had to open our shop as early as 6am. This book is generating curiosity in its own way,” he said.
Most of store owners felt that the high demand for the book was because of the controversy generated in the media.
“It is because of constant media coverage of the book in the last few days that has generated a lot of curiosity. Timing of the book is also one of the reasons for its popularity,” said Rajiv from English Book Store, Sector 17, adding that they got 50 copies of the book and the entire stock was sold off by Monday.
“Since the book is not available online, number of inquiries is increasing every day, he said.
Arora said he had asked the officials of Penguin, publisher of this book in Delhi, and they assured the supply by Friday or Saturday.
Meanwhile, the book by for mer coal secretary PC Parakh, who has also embarrassed PM Manmohan Singh by saying that he was heading a government in which he had “little” political authority, will also be available by Thursday. His book titled “Crusader or Conspirator? Coalgate and other Truths” was released in Delhi on Monday.