Is it true you had submitted the manuscript of I Hunt for the Golden Stag to Penguin India back in 2000?
Yes. It is true.
You say Davidar’s book The House of Blue Mangoes is based on your manuscript.
Yes, I believe and know this is the truth. The matter is sub-judice and the decision rests with the court.
What took you so long to file a petition—it comes nearly nine years after The House of Blue Mangoes was published—against Davidar?
The lawyers I met didn’t guide me well. My present lawyer, Ritu Singh Mann, believed in me and took up the case.
Did Penguin India reject your manuscript?
No rejection letter was received for the manuscript of I Hunt for the Golden Stag, which I personally submitted at the old Penguin office in January 2000.
You say Davidar has plagiarised from your work.
Yes, I believe so.
Why did you revise your manuscript and resend in 2003, after The House of Blue Mangoes was published?
I decided to try my hand again with Penguin in 2003, unaware of what had happened to the manuscript submitted by me in 2000. The fact that more and more Indian authors were gaining ground and being widely published prompted me to revise my original manuscript, add more recent events to the content, change the title and resubmit. I had not read The House of Blue Mangoes till then.