Light of India not only comes in it own slip case, but there is also a striking strip on the side of the box so that if you actually want to use it to light a match, you can. The production team at Ten Speed Press did a wonderful job to make this happen. Not only is it the first book about matchbox art from the Indian Subcontinent, but it is the first book ever to double as a matchbox. Seinfeld fans might recall Kramer’s book about coffee tables doubling as a coffee table. Well, it’s kinda like that!
A year ago Random House editors chose Light of India as a selection for their digital book initiative. It was with trepidation that I gave them permission to publish Light of India as an ebook. As its creator, I was concerned that it would be missing those unique features mentioned above. But it was a review on Amazon from Megan Doherty at Galaxy Ink Tattoo that changed my mind. She wrote that “Light of India has great pictures of matchbook artwork. I am inspired by the colors.” Then a comment on the London-based Indian illustrator, Parul Arora’s, terrific blog: “Living away from India has changed so much for me. Its helped me recognise the beauty in things that I took for granted earlier. Anyway, I think this book is beautiful and very inspiring and I feel very silly saying this but I’m extremely proud of it.”
As an author, to hear that your book inspired someone else’s artwork or to read that it made someone proud of their heritage and culture, is very gratifying. So perhaps it’s more important to get your work out there. After all, print editions run their course but digital books will be ongoing in the cloud.
So I am pleased to announce Light of India’s debut as an ebook this July. BTW, here is Parul Arora’s website review of Light of India:
Also check out Parul Arora’s ceramic giftware inspired by matchbox art: