The fact that The Book Shop in the Jor Bagh market is a quaint, little (literally) charming, overflowing with books, shop; mandated a registration and a curated guest list for the event! A meeting the writer, curator, critic, historical narrative writer and history revivalist, William Dalrymple was on the cards. Once there, in his signature white cotton or is it mull…Pathani suit, he was greeted by an impromptu applause, also for his arrival on time, methinks.
As a response to my submission, he did acknowledge that his wife Olivia, tried to patch up the two styles, but at the end of the day the voices are way too different. I would have personally liked Dalrymple to do the honours to the second too. He replied to my questions on how much of fictionalising of history happens when one is relaying it as an engaging story- ‘remaining true to the facts is essential he highlighted.’ I probed if the book made a great screen adaptation-Hmm.. not sure if that was addressed… I guess we’ll have to wait and watch- Netflix maybe?