Photo Essay – A Suitable Girl for Vikram Seth, Around Town
The woes of a millionaire novelist.
[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]
Delhi-based novelist Vikram Seth was to submit the manuscript of his new novel A Suitable Girl to his publisher in June 2013.
He hasn’t – according to media reports.
In 2009, Mr Seth had signed a deal with Penguin to produce a sequel of his bestselling novel A Suitable Boy. He had been paid an advance of $1.7 million.
According to media reports, Penguin Random House wants the money back from Mr Seth.
In 2009, the millionaire author had talked to The Delhi Walla about his work-in-progress, saying, “I really have no idea how many pages Suitable Girl will have. Perhaps between 10 and 10,000.” On being queried about the novel’s hero, he said, “He’s still a fetus. Give him a break.”
When I asked Mr Seth, a single man, if he was certain of finding a suitable girl by 2013, he said, “No, but don’t tell Penguin.”
Oh, Mr Seth.
Perhaps it is still not very late. I offer you a couple of ideas for your novel’s heroine – all are based in Delhi. Get inspired, start writing and keep the dollars.
Some ideas for Mr Seth