Jaswant Singh may have been sent back from Shimla on the first day after his expulsion from the BJP. However his book is flying off the shelves in this hill city. Tourists are eager to read the contents of the book which sealed the senior politician’s fate in the saffron party.
The response to the book has also taken booksellers in the city by surprise. The two book depots, Minerva and Asian book house have had to order advance copies of the book on Mohammad Ali Jinnah ”Jinnah-India, Partition, Independence” to catch up with the demand.
Mr Agarwal, the owner of the Minerva book depot, is in fact busy giving interviews about his ”terrific sale records” since the three day BJP brainstorming session began in Shimla earlier this week.
He sold almost 25 copies of the book on the first day, compared to the sale of an average five autobiographies a day(the depot is famous for sale of books on history and tourism of Himachal). He has ordered another 100 copies to be flown in by Friday.
It is Agarwal’s theory however, that it is the controversy surrounding the book rather than the actual content that has led to such high sales figures.
He revealed that even some local BJP leaders had placed orders for the book to keep themselves updated with the facts sorrounding the Jinnah controversy in the party.