NEW DELHI || The first edition of bilingual poet Kiriti Sengupta’s My Glass of Wine, a work of hybrid literature, was declared a bestseller within the first month of its release and received rave reviews both in India and in the United States. The expanded second edition of the book, published by Kolkata-based Hawakaal Publishers, was launched recently in Delhi at Oxford Bookstore.
Eminent scholar, critic and poet, Dr Sukrita Paul Kumar and Prof. Chandra Shekhar Dubey launched the book along with Kiriti Sengupta and Vibha Malhotra, founder of Literature Studio. Poetry editor Ashmi Ahluwalia expertly moderated the event.
In her address, Dr Sukrita Paul Kumar spoke about hybridization in culture and language. She also applauded Kiriti Sengupta for his use of alaap in his book. Professor Dubey spoke about the inherent spirituality in My Glass of Wine and also about the relevance of wine to the content of the book.
The launch was followed by a short discussion between Kiriti Sengupta and Vibha Malhotra, where Sengupta emphasized upon the importance of changing the mind-set about self-publishing, especially in today’s scenario when publishers have limited budget and too many manuscripts to choose from.
The event opened to a full house and was sponsored by Hawakaal Publishers, Travelling Camera, and Tathya along with Literature Studio.