There was almost no room to breathe at Rana Ayyub’s much awaited book launch on the Gujarat pogrom with everybody who’s somebody in Delhi making it. It ended up being the biggest event of the season
Mayank Austen Soofi
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]here was so much room to breathe during the forgettable launch of Tavleen Singh’s book a few weeks ago at the India Habitat Certer. The veteran journalist with 233K followers on Twitter is a passionate devotee of the current regime and there were barely any people in the venue.
There was almost no room to breathe at Rana Ayyub’s memorable book launch. It ended up being the biggest event of the season.
One recent evening The Delhi Walla attended the unveiling of Ms Ayyub’s book Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up. The young journalist with mere 98.8 K followers on Twitter is a passionate critic of the current regime and the hall was filled beyond capacity. A long queue stretched outside the auditorium.
Even so, the beautiful people must be noticed. Journalist Saba Naqvi was in a red sari. Historian Zoya Hasan came in a salwar suit with a blue dupatta. Former East Delhi MP Sandeep Dikshit flaunted a diamond earring. TV news star Rajdeep Sardesai wore a pink shirt and an iPad.
Author Raghu Karnad looked quite solemn.
Ellen Barry of The New York Times was also spotted.
Arundhati Roy, too, was sighted. The novelist’s shoulders were scandalously bare (I’m not showing her photo).