On July 29, at around 4 PM, I received a regular Flipkart mailer about the exclusive online availability of Natwar Singh’s soon to be released autobiography with India’s largest online retailer. The pre-order offer was with 20% discount.
Had it not been a book by a politician with deep Congress sweet-turned-sour linkage and closeness with the Nehru-Gandhi family in the past, as Natwar Singh had, it would not have been so quick, given the fact that books of Amartya Sen and Salman Rushdie were available with greater pre-order discounts that what was on Natwar’s book.
Had it not been about the news reports of it being a tell-all book, the response on placing the order would not have been so spontaneous.
Had it not been about the prospects that it could corroborate (or debunk – though a remote possibility given the Natwar-Congress rift) many ‘myths’ and facts about the Nehru-Gandhi family, already out in the open with other insider accounts.
Okay, so the order was placed. Now, let’s see when the book arrives.
But one thing was sure – it was going to be all over soon. And within 24 hours, Natwar Singh’s yet to be ‘publicly’ released book was all over.
So, what will the Natwar Singh’s tell-all book do?