Sunday, December 19, 2010
I had kittens a while ago when I was sent an early suggestion for the cover of my book To Cambodia With Love. It's the one in green above, with the rice planters wearing the traditional Vietnamese pointy hats. I rejected it immediately. Of course, some farmers in Cambodia wear pointy hats to shield themselves from the hot sun but to avoid a faux pas or even a mini international incident, I suggested we aim for something more Cambodian, and we eventually ended up with two classical dancers, snapped at the temples of Angkor. Phew... close call. We also changed the colour of the book cover. Below is one of the book's Phnom Penh-based readers, Rumnea.