Thursday, 20 September 2012

Visitors from India

Our new secretary, Pamela Doherty, has written this excellent overview of Tuesday's meeting.

This week our fearless group met with a publisher and a journalist from India. Devang Vibhakar and Mirani Patel are travelling in Scotland with the Rotary Club’s Group Study Exchange. They observe the host nation’s institutions, professions and way of life in the hope of exchanging views and building cross continent relationships.

Mirani gave us powerful insight into her world of the media in India. With 3.5 million readers, her newspaper is not considered to be so big, in a country that boasts the largest circulation in the world. Mirani also told us about her passion for the folk dance of her region, the Gujarat-Garba. She explained that, like our traditional Scottish dances, each dance is another form of storytelling. The Nine Nights festival, for example, is the world’s longest and Mirani conjured the colours, music and excitement so eloquently, right here in sunny Bargarran.

Devang, a publisher, writer and editor of a mass communication website, said he was eager to study the business models employed by UK publishing houses. He was somewhat surprised to learn that very few publishers exist independently in Scotland, although he had managed to track down a couple that only our seasoned marketeers knew of!

With nineteen languages, of which English is seen as the median and taught at an early age, and Hindi is seen as the common language, publishing must be no mean feat.

Devang explained that Self Help or ‘management’ books are very popular in India at present, as well as stories about youths embarking on their new careers; hardly surprising in a country which is changing exponentially. There followed a most interesting debate into why we Scots do love a murderrr!

Pammie D


Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks for writing such a comprehensive and interesting post on Tuesday's meeting, Pam!

Joan Fleming said...

It's always good to move outside the box and have an insight into how the writing and publishing world functions elsewhere. We certainly had that on Tuesday! Thanks for the report, Pam.

Myra Duffy said...

Well done, Pam. A really good precis.

Devang Vibhakar said...

The post date of this article is 20 September, 2012 and I have come across it on 2nd February, 2015! Well, it's better late than never, right?

First of all, many thanks to Pamela Doeherty for putting across the minutes of our visit in an interesting way. You've jolted down the points quite clearly - as it is.

And yes, before coming to Scotland I had spent some time searching Google for publishers in Scoland and that's how I could manage to find those lesser known publishers!

I must say that even after two plus years, I felt so happy to read this post. It made me feel nostalgic. I'm not sure whether you would be reading this very late comment of mine!!

I am thankful to Earnie for having hosted me at his place. And very much thankful to one and all members of Erskine Writers Club who gave us a warm company.

I hope that we can meet again in future.