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Ruchir Joshi's book all set for release and Pankaj Mishra leaves others envious

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At last, just when his publishers, HarperCollins UK, were beginning to despair of bringing out Ruchir Joshi's novel even in "the not-so-distant future"—the time frame in which the novel about a female fighter pilot is set—invitations have been sent out for the launch of The Last Jet-Engine Laugh Ruchir, film-maker of 11 Miles fame and dabbler in journalism, is the latest addition to the literary squad from Planet Kolkata. But even before his book has hit the stands, Ruchir has earned his place in the literary limelight. No, not as a desi H.G. Wells, but for fighting a writer's block more phenomenal than even his advance and finally coming out with the Last Laugh.


There's another way to fight a writer's block: wait till the manuscript is ready instead of going for the big money with just a chapter. This is what Ravi Shankar did with his Tiger by the River, and both he and Doubleday, which has bought the publishing rights for...

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