When a friend goes places, it’s encouraging and heartening as well. Having known Ram Kamal Mukherjee over the years, it’s his passion for films and writing that stands him apart. And beyond doubt, his stint as a film journalist has been inspiring. And now, my dear old friend is ready with his first attempt at fiction, Long Island Iced Tea, to be launched by Leadstart Publishing in December.
“This is my first attempt at writing something which is beyond my comfort zone, as fiction has not been my forte as a journalist. Though some film stars have accused me of writing fictional interviews in tabloids,” says Mukherjee. “Finally, their fears have come true with this book,” he adds.
The book tracks the journalist-turned-author’s experiences while covering films for more than ten decades in a fiction format. “There are eight essential ingredients cocktailed to make the classic Long Island iced tea, which originated at the Oak Beach at Long Island in New York. Without any one of them, the zing would be missing. Likewise, there are eight stories in the book,” he explains.
Publisher Swarup Nanda says, “I had always heard about Ram Kamal Mukherjee in the context of his scandalous and notorious stories on Bollywood stars. But when I read the short fictional stories inspired from various incidents in his life, I found them charmingly simple, yet thought-provoking. This book is what breezy reading is all about.”
All the best RK, as we all fondly call him.