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Festschrift? Some sort of orgy? So thought Ruskin Bond, but there were other bare and dare tales from the house of Roli, as well...

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It came as a surprise to no one at the gathering to hear how many books are born out of bouts of drinking. Whether it was John Lall/D.N. Dubey's coffee-tabler on the Taj, or Kailash Sangala's Return of the Tiger or Khushwant Singh's Nature Watch, or Mussoorie & Landour: Days of Wine and Roses, it was patiala pegfuls of whiskey that aided their conception, writing and launch. Knowing their reputation for wining and dining, Ruskin Bond wasn't far off the mark when he said about the festschrift Roli brought out for him: "At first, I thought a festschrift was some sort of orgy."

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