Sarita Mandanna’s debut novel set in Kodagu makes publishing history
New York-based Puttichanda Sarita Mandanna’s novel ‘Tiger Hills’, set in Kodagu in Karnataka, is understood to have received the largest advance Penguin India has ever paid for a debut novel so far.
Sarita, daughter of Col. Kambeyanda Ben Mandanna and Dr Charimanda Rani Mandanna, is married to Puttichanda Siddarth Apaya, son of Puttichanda Indra (who served in the merchant navy) and Avani Poovaiah.
According to reports reaching here, David Godwin Associates Ltd, the Britain-based literary agency, has sold ‘Tiger Hills’ to Penguin Books-India for an undisclosed amount.
A spokesperson for Penguin India was quoted as saying: “It is a sweeping popular narrative which also has elements of romance in it. The style of writing is wonderful and the manuscript has been creating a flutter ever since it came to us. The whole period sweep of the book makes it a page-turner.”
Sarita is an investment banker. She is expected to make a public appearance at the ongoing London Book Fair.
She did her MBA in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a post-graduate degree in management from the Indian Institute of Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from the Shriram College at Delhi.