More from the Filthy Lucre Department: Ashok Banker has picked up Rs 10 crore for his revamped Ramayana–sort of. Read the fine print on this one very, very carefully. I dunno: Banker makes a big fuss over not wanting to be interviewed, then agrees to a long interview with The Week; wrote a column once deploring the tendency of the Indian media to focus on advances, but discusses his own with cheerful abandon; insists that there be no author photographs on the book jacket, but hasn’t figured out that he has no control over what magazines will fish out of the files if he does agree to interviews… The Babu hears from friends, though, that the book(s) are fast-paced and impressive. As Outlook noted recently, they seem to have attracted a strong following among sci-fi and fantasy fans.

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