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Book Club Reading

The Book Club, got a dash of glamour and colour at the reading of Ravi Shankar Etteth?s debut novel The Tiger By The River on Friday evening.

india Updated: Oct 19, 2002 16:18 IST
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The small motley group of book lovers who assemble every month at IHC to read and discuss a book and comprise the five-year-old The Book Club, got a dash of glamour and colour at the reading of Ravi Shankar Etteth’s debut novel The Tiger By The River on Friday evening.

The author along with friends Anita Pratap, Malvika Tewari, Ambica Shukla, Bhaichand Patel, Bulbul Sharma and others turned the otherwise plain book reading session into an invigorating session of questions and answers peppered with humour.

The presence of the author of the book helped a lot in discussing the book and discovering facets which the reader wouldn’t have thought of earlier. Bubbles Sabharwal, Nidhi Sharma, Vipan Pasricha and Shankar together took the audience through some of the important chapters in the book.

The novel is a story of Swati Varma, the last king of Panayur who returns to his ancestral village to immerse the ashes of his wife in the river Papanasini but once there discovers himself willy-nilly caught in the past. Swati’s life takes on a course he was not prepared for and he soon finds himself following the trail his ancestors took to hunt the mythical Tiger of Panayur.

The Tiger, incidentally, generated a lot of curiosity as everybody in the audience wanted to know whether it was actually a myth or a metaphor. “The Tiger stands for what is unattainable and the hunt for the legendary Tiger is like a journey to reach this unattainable,” explained Shankar. For many of the audience it was an opportunity to peep into a writer’s mind and grill him as extensively as they could. The India Today cartoonist is now working on his second book, which would be a “happy story about four murders” and hopes to see it in the market mid-next year.

The Book Club, in association with, hopes to take up a variety of books for discussions and will be discussing Booker Prize nominated Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry next month. “It’s our endeavour to make sure that each book is different from the other,” said Sabharwal. Now that The Book Club has opened registration for membership – Rs 500 for a year while students can pay only Rs 200 for a year – book lovers can look forward to some literary excitement every month.

Next month, on November 25, The Book Club will meet to discuss Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry.

First Published: Oct 18, 2002 17:58 IST