Book Name : The Time Of The Peacock
Author : Siddharth Chowdhury
Genre : Fiction
Format : Hardcover
Book Length : 127 pages
Price : ₹499/-
Publishing House : Aleph Book Company
Publication Date : 10th February, 2021
ISBN : 9390652022
My Rating : 3/5
It is the book launch of best in show: the peacock book of indo–anglian fiction and John Nair, managing editor, peacock India, is throwing the grandest party of his life. The whole of literary India is in attendance. All the literary stars are here: the Seth, the rays, the chaudharis, among many, many others. And into this haloed gathering walks Nair’s old friend, Ritwik Ray, the slightly off-kilter Bard of Patna, with a new novel in hand: God se Chowk. Mayhem ensues. Set in the Goldfish bowl of the new Delhi publishing world, The time of the peacock provides an accurate yet compassionate reading of the Indian literary scene—both Bhabha and metropolitan.
The Time Of The Peacock by Siddharth Chowdhury is a short novel set into the Indian publishing world.
The story tells the readers about what actually goes in the publishing world which as we see from sitting at home, seems like a world of literary glamour. Lots of things written by the author may come across as a surprise to the reader unless the reader is an integral part of the publishing world. The types of books that are published, how it’s decided whether they need to published or not, the marketing strategy, the demand for a particular type of writing, the response to it, basically, the ins and outs of the industry are thus told about via a fictional tale.
The book spanning across 127 pages has been divided into three sequential chapters with characters that are related to a fictitious Indian publishing house, Peacock.
The first, Bhasha, is written from the point of view of an editor of the publishing house, John Nair, who is to organise a grand party for a best-selling book written by a Dalit author. The second, Wallace Water, has been written from the point of view of an author who is unconfident about her book being able to appeal to her readers and not create issues due to the content. The third, Freebooter, has been written from the perspective of Ritwik Ray, an author who has good content but is failing due to the lack of sales of his previous book and hence his newer book full of rage and emotional turmoil isn’t being accepted.
I would call the author’s decision of writing on this topic to be quite courageous. There were multiple topics mentioned in the book that are quite shocking and makes one feel sympathetic for the authors. The writing is honest but I wasn’t fan of the writing style. The title aptly suits the storyline. While we do get to read about the honest account of the behind the scenes of the publishing industry, it was the story line and partly, the writing style that wasn’t able to keep me interested for a longer period. I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I hoped to from reading the blueb but I would suggest you to take a chance, for, you may end up liking it.
However, I would say that it was fun to know about parts of the industry that brings out our precious precious stories as books.
Thanks to Aleph Book Company for sending across the review copy in exchange of an honest review.