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Sambhar Mafia - Cooked To Kill!

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Cover story……..

…………and the cover up

I don’t know whether the example I’m going to state here is apt. After reading the above article, I’m reminded of a similar / remotely similar incident in the Indian context. Hamish McDonald’s biography of Dhirubhai Ambani (titled Polyester Prince) ran into trouble few years ago. The Ambani family threatened to sue the author and the book never made it to Indian bookstores. Even if it had released in India, the Ambani family might have used its money power to grab all the copies from the bookstores. In that context, do read this old piece by Sucheta Dalal on why Indian biographies are not accurate.

7 Comments:

  • it should be biography... not autobiography of ambani..

    By Blogger RaviM, at 3:55 PM  

  • Ravi,
    Thanks for pointing it out...have corrected the same.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 4:35 PM  

  • $1095 per copy???

    By Blogger WA, at 11:00 PM  

  • WA, I was wondering the same thing too. No wonder people import it as photocopies from friends.

    -narayanan

    By Blogger narayanan, at 3:13 AM  

  • Their is a crusader fighting for the truth "Satyamev Jayate" who is blogging about this book. http://thepolyesterprince.blogspot.com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:41 AM  

  • Just a small thought, if there is a similar controversial character/institution/incident elsewhere in the world, do you think his biography would've been truthful to the real happenings?

    IMO if the book/movie is going to hurt someone's sentiments. There is every possibility there would be a cover up or details tend to be erased.

    -narayanan

    By Blogger narayanan, at 1:42 PM  

  • @Wicked Angel,
    the price is a real dampener

    @Narayanan,
    that's the usual indian way to circumvent things

    @Anon,
    thanks for the link....will take a look

    @Narayanan,
    similar incident would have happened in other countries as well.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 1:00 PM  

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