Saturday, May 28, 2011
It's 2011 and you're not sure where you left the can of whatsit. Don't worry, though, because World Nonsense will always be there for you--and now with added whatsit!
It has certainly been a long slime since my last update, and I regret to say that I didn't complete the Africa trip blog--though I was very close. I hope to get to that soon. This entry is about the ur-Anthology of World Nonsense, The Tenth Rasa: An Anthology of Indian Nonsense. And while I won't bore you with pulling out every item stuck in my slime, I should inform you of two flings:
I am hoping to create a children's nonsense anthology that will include material from The Tenth Rasa but also (hopefully) a few new things (depending on whether the folks whom I've commissioned will actually write something--you know who you are!!), including a guide for children on how to write nonsense. It will be fully illustrated and sanctified by the Nine Vestal Vultures. I'm currently talking to the folks at Scholastic about this... and I shall certainly keep you informed on developments.
I recently had to replenish my stock of The Tenth Rasa (aside from providing "pure reading pleasure,"™they also serve as analgesics, fodder, and bituminous bumf), and so yesterday I received a brimming boxfull. When I inspected the included volumes, I immediately noticed a change on the back cover. The ISBN patch is all tricked out now, and lo and behold, the price has gone up from Rs 295 to Rs 399! This in itself is not so extraordinary (for the volume is worth its weight in bumf), but what IS extraordinary is that it seems we are now into a second printing!
The new printing (left) and the old (right). Also, for sake of scale, a ruler and a lollipop.
Upon closer inspection, I also discovered that the volume is now printed in Navi Mumbai, rather than Noida (where it was originally done)--also now noted on the page that notes such things. Of course, you are witnessing my clever deduction from the presented evidence. I have heard no word from Penguin about such printerly activities. Regardless, though, I'd say it's high time that all of you fans out there order an edition from the alleged second printing, because even though the content is exactly the same, there is that highly collectible new ISBN patch on the back. Also, when do you ever get a chance to buy an "alleged reprinting"? It's worth every paise of that extra 104 rupees! Don't miss out!