August 10, 2015

The far-from-painful Cyrus Daruwala launches new book, Painful People

by Pratika Yashaswi

The second publication by Filter Press and also Cyrus Daruwala’s second book, Painful People was launched at a small but warm gathering at Kulture Shop last Saturday. Painful People has everything you like about I Take This Train Too: the hilarious illustrations, the tongue-in-cheek writing, and the super-apt profiling of the characters we universally either laugh at or hate.

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There are twenty characters in the book, caricatures of annoying people we come across in everyday life, accompanied by laugh-out-loud accurate descriptions and titles. There are characters of almost every kind covered: from dodgy, lecherous uncles to moral-policing aunties to slackers on office teams: made the more painful for how ubiquitous they are; and we can’t help but share the angst.

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Painful People is a handmade book written and illustrated by Cyrus himself, and digitally enhanced before going into print. The illustrations have been hand-stamped on each of the 1,000 copies, also by Cyrus, which makes every copy unique and all the more precious to hold. There are places, he admits, where he has slipped up and stamped the wrong illustration (“Sorry about that,”) and these come with a hand-written apology and correction. The ISBN code labels are of the same paperbag-brown as the book itself, instead of the usual garishly-contrasting white, which is one of the many subtle and beautiful touches that give the book its lovely personalized feel.

The book is currently stocked at Kulture Shop in Bandra and Filter in Kala Ghoda.

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