Launch of "Chain of Custody" by Anita Nair
New Delhi, 19 July 2016
In the presence of H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, Indian novelist Anita Nair’s latest novel Chain of Custody was launched by HarperCollins India in partnership with Institut français en Inde (IFI) and Alliance française Delhi on Tuesday, 19th July 2016 at Alliance française de Delhi as part of the series “The Other Thought: French-Indian Encounters on Creativity and Innovation”
The event featured a dialogue between novelist Anita Nair and Pascal Fautrat, director of the NGO Tara Homes for Children, on the issue of children’s rights.
Anita Nair’s latest novel addresses children’s rights and child trafficking. The French Embassy invited Pascal Fautrat, founder and director of an NGO working for the protection of endangered children. Such a meeting, between a writer and a social worker, an Indian and a Frenchman, is the very essence of the platform “The Other Thought: French-Indian Encounters on Creativity and Innovation”.
Born in 1966, Anita Nair is an Indian novelist and a native of Kerala.
She is the author of several novels including The Better Man, Lessons in Forgetting, Idris and Alphabet Soup for Lovers. Many of these have been translated into French and published by the Philippe Picquier and Albin Michel publishers, including Compartiment pour dames (2002), Un homme meilleur (2003), Le Chat karmique (2005), Les Neuf visages du cœur (2006), Quand viennent les cyclones (2010), L’Inconnue de Bangalore (2013).
Anita Nair delved in the detective genre with the creation of the character of Inspector Gowda in her novel Cut Like Wound, published by HarperCollins India in 2013. The first Inspector Gowda novel was translated in France to L’Inconnue de Bangalore (The Unknown Bangalore). Chain of Custody, published Harper Collins India, furthers the adventures of the Inspector Gowda, who this time investigates child trafficking in Bangalore.
Pascal Fautrat, born in 1971, is a French social worker based in India.
Following his work at the Judicial Youth Protection Services (Ministry of Justice) from 1993 to 2001, Fautrat worked for the French subsidiary of the Dutch publishing group Wolters Kuwer, and then moved to India in 2006 to devote himself to the protection of children in danger.
In 2008, following a court decision, Fautrat founded Tara Homes for Children, dedicated to the care of very vulnerable children. Based in New Delhi, this NGO manages four shelters for street children.
Karthika V.K. has 2006 held the position of Publisher and Chief Editor at HarperCollins. She previously worked for Penguin India. Backed with over eleven years of experience in the publishing field, Karthika is recognized internationally as being among the foremost Indian editors.
Founded in 2003, HarperCollins India is a publisher of fiction general non-fiction in India, and publishes in English and Hindi (to a lesser extent). Thanks to the insight of Kartika VK, its catalogue brings together major contemporary authors, including Upamanyu Chatterjee, Kishwar Desai, Javed Akhtar, Bulbul Sharma, Amruta Patil and newly-discovered talents such as Rana Dasgupta, Manu Jospeh, Aatish Taseer to name a few. Mrs. Manasi Subramanian, associate editor and rights manager, also attended the Paris book Fair in 2014.
The Other Thought: French-Indian Encounters on Creativity and Innovation is a stimulating new series of events conceived by the Institut français India.
Well-known as a top tourist destination, France also notched up third in global rankings for innovation. This position was earned through not only persons working in the scientific and technological fields but also artists and creators involved in bringing about change and imagining the future.
The new series thus comprises of debates, lectures, meetings, and encounters with artists, writers, intellectuals, policy makers, economists, historians, translators, curators, scientists and all those aiming to give a fresh impetus to our current way of thinking. The idea is to create a new path to the future together, in another way, i.e. through “The Other Thought”.