3 – 8 October 2006: Jyoti Guptara attended the world’s largest Book Fair at Frankfurt as an author with Indian publisher Tara Press and as a journalist with The International Indian magazine.

Despite over 7,000 exhibitors at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2006 and my lack of a map, my feet lead me directly to the collective stand of my Indian publisher and its relevant imprint. The same instinct that directed me here tells me that these four Indians are my publishers and agents even before I catch sight of the lettering: India Research Press / Tara Press – and Red Ink, the first, and to my knowledge only, Indian literary agency.

We meet for the first time after months of electronic correspondence.  I immediately feel at home with them; it’s as if we already know each other, and just happen not to know much about one another.  It’s always been business.

“All Delhi’s turned up,” they laugh.  Indeed, a glance at the area between Halls 5.0 and 6.0 yields more brown faces than white.  It is the 3rd of October and publishers are setting up their stands, arranging their products, books and promotionals.  India is the Guest of Honour this year.  I hear more Hindi than German.

After weeks of being chained to a computer and editing, it is refreshing to be meeting people and talking.  After six years of working on a book you know may never be published, which was the case until recently, receiving overwhelmingly positive responses from international publishers, literary agents and scouts is like having your batteries recharged. More >