Decades before the current publishing boom in India, and the rise of Indian writing in English as a literary force, Lal pioneered a model for alternative publishing. The printing took place in a neighbour’s garage, the selling from a storefront attached to Lal’s home. The books were hand-stitched, hand-pasted and hand-bound with hand-loomed sari cloth. They also boasted fine calligraphy; Lal had a keen sense of the book as art.
In: Obituary, The Guardian •