Letter from Penguin India – A Major New Book
A public notice.
Penguin India is proud to announce the forthcoming publication of Nobody Can Love You More: Life in Delhi’s Red-Light District, by Mayank Austen Soofi. It is published by Viking, an imprint of Penguin.
The first book on Delhi’s red light area tells stories of the daily lives of sex workers and brothel owners.
‘Sensitive, melancholic and sharply observant’ — William Dalrymple, historian
‘Gentle, probing, curious and tender’ — Khushwant Singh, author
‘A deeply moving account of the lives, sufferings and routines of a dark segment of Delhi’s society’ — Ashok Vajpeyi, poet
The sex workers of Kotha No. 300 raise their children, cook for their lovers, visit temples, shrines and mosques, complain about pimps and brothel owners, listen to film songs, and solicit and entertain customers. By following the daily lives of the denizens of one kotha, Mayank Austen Soofi paints an intimate portrait of women for whom sex is work–a way to make a living.
With precise details and haunting photographs, Soofi delicately and carefully etches the everyday world of those who inhabit the peripheries of society.
Author of four alternative guidebooks to Delhi, Mayank Austen Soofi spends his time in bookshops and bylanes, observing every corner of the city. Once a hotel steward, he is best known for his website and blog, The Delhi Walla, in which he details Delhi’s lives and loves.
For review copies, excerpt and interview, please contact Alankrita Srivastava at email@example.com or call her at 09953792550 /01146131411
Note: The book will be published in the second half of November 2012.