From cricket and yoga to occult quizzes and food festivals, the book launch is now a place to have some fun
Ah, Delhi in the early noughties. I was a young reporter, sent out to cover the Extremely Serious Faces of Indian Writing in English, which quickly got an acronym, IWE, tossed around with “diaspora!" or “post-colonial!". Book launches were a chance to see and be seen; you knew the event was going to be dissected for the next week at least, and you were privy to all the gossip first-hand.