Comment by Dr Malasri Lal, Delhi University :
Brilliantly conceived, beautifully designed and produced by Srimati Lal, FLOWERS FOR MY FATHER, the comprehensive reference book on the legendary publisher P. Lal and his Writers Workshop, is a valuable illustrated literary anthology that holds together an entire history of Indian Literature in English.
This detailed Anthology of Indian Writing in English offers an exquisite collection of memoirs, history, analysis and commentary on the Indo-Anglian Movement. It is significant as a veritable 'Companion Guide' to all contemporary Literary studies of India. This valuable volume has attracted extensive interest and attention in India and abroad.
FLOWERS FOR MY FATHER: Tributes to P. Lal and his Writers Workshop, Edited and designed by Srimati Lal, WW Central, 2011, 148 pp., Rs. 300, is an engrossing literary anthology comprising new essays by over 30 reputed Indo-Anglian writers and admirers of P. Lal, including Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Dr Karan Singh, Vikram Seth, Farrukh Dhondy, Keshav Malik, Keki N Daruwalla, Dr Pradip Bhattacharya, Dr Subhas C Saha, Prof Amitava Roy, Kewlian Sio, Jai Ratan, Dr. Prema Nandakumar, Suhel Seth and Shashi Deshpande, as well as international scholars such as Dr James Wyatt Cook of Albion College, Michigan, USA, Dr Mario Prayer of Sapienza University, Rome, and Srimati Lal.