BANGALORE: Sugata Srinivasaraju, launched his fifth book Pickles From Home- The worlds of a bilingual recently at Alliance Francaise, Bangalore. R Sudarshan, Policy Advisor, UNDP Asia Pacific Regional Centre, Bangkok, released the book in the presence of Chiranjiv Singh, President, Alliance Francaise and Kalyan Raman. Speaking on the ocassion, Journalist, M S Prabhakara, termed the book as “must read”, and said, “I like this book a lot; it is very interesting and I think everyone will enjoy reading this book for its deep thoughts.”
The book is a collection of essays that deals with two linguistic worlds, namely Kannada and English. The author refers these two worlds as ‘pickles’ which follows recipes that were handed down through the generations. Sharing his thoughts on the book, Sudarshan said, “I enjoyed reading the book; the twist is due to bilingual tones with deep insight. This is a very interesting read.”
After hearing the views of the dignitaries, the author said, “I am grateful for the presence of these personalities. Their views are very important to me. But, according to me, I cannot tell if my book is good or bad, I will let the book do the talking. Now after release, it is too late to check for errors, I want the readers to decide if they like the book, is it good or bad.” This is a sequel to my previous book. I went to a book store in the city and I found my books placed in the cookery section. The word ‘pickle’ here acts as both a boon and a bane for me. Many people will buy this book thinking it’s a cookery book, and the rest may buy it for the
Later, he concluded his reading by quoting from an essay in the book tiled “Pickles from Home” to basically give an idea what people can expect
from the book.
On a concluding note, Chiranjiv Singh said, “Sugata and I go a long way back. I have travelled with him and visited most of the places, when he was writing this book. His views on many issues is very creative and I have seen the efforts he has put in to write this book. This book is definitely a good read.”