Sunday, November 16, 2003

You can get a new copy of The Namesake

Apropos of the review of The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (October 5, 2003), HarperCollins India and Flamingo wish to draw the attention of all readers to a regrettable printing mistake which had rendered the first 6,000 copies of Jhumpa Lahiri’s magnificent debut novel, fault riddled. An early un-proofread version of the text was printed by mistake, because of a computer file-naming error at the publishers.

This uncorrected edition of the text contains many typographical errors — missing words, misspellings etc.

The error was spotted and a further 15,000 copies have since been printed with the correct text. These are now widely distributed in India. However, if any of the readers finds that he or she is in possession of an imperfect copy of the book, he or she should send it to HarperCollins India, 1 A, Hamilton House, Connaught Place, New Delhi 110001, whereupon it will be exchanged for a copy of the perfect edition. Courier charges will be paid by HarperCollins India both ways. Jhumpa’s publishers and printers deeply regret the error.

Zamir Ansari
GM, Sales & Marketing, HarperCollins India