So Cool It Can't Last
Sherman Oaks, California
Book parties in Delhi are public events, according to Tripti Lahiri of The New York Times. You may have to work a little to find the date and location, but, once you do, it's a snap to get in.
Cool, but it can't last. Publicists justify their fees by creating
needless barriers and exclusions. Once there's real money to be made in the Indian book publishing business, publicists will limit access to events in the name of "protecting the client's brand." Admission to a book party will become a status symbol, incentivizing current and wannabe insiders to work within the PR system. Then the private security people will reinforce the barriers.
So the book people in Delhi should enjoy the openness. It won't be there in a few years.
Pictured: Delhi Bookseller.