When I excitedly told a friend that I have written a book and that it will be launched soon, he congratulated me saying, “To have an idea is just about the easiest thing in our lives. To ensure its fruition is indeed both commendable and exciting and more so energizing.”
My friend, being a published author himself must have known the intricacies of writing a book and getting it published. While I’ve heard, it is often troublesome to put our thoughts into action and for a writer this would mean putting ‘ideas’ into ‘paper and pen’, I have always loved reading and penning down my thoughts on paper or notebook.
As a child, I often got scolded by my teachers for being naughty and restless in school. I remember coming back home and scribbled stories on all that happened in school and in my neighborhood. I made picture books portraying simple emotions from everyday events and kept them neatly in my creative file, where I created a world of my own. In writing I found a way of escaping from reality, while positively using my ‘hyper’ energy to deal with my everyday problems with ease.
It was not until my mother – who had this unexplained faith in me – pushed me into writing that changed my thoughts and in some ways, the trajectories of my career.
I got selected from my school to write for The Statesman as a cub reporter along with a bunch of other aspiring writers. It was fun as we were made to attend weekly editorial meetings on Sundays just like seasoned journos. And there was a lot of learning behind those fun and frolic, which I realized later after entering into the realm of journalism.
As years passed by, I had a burning ambition to be a writer, couldn’t see myself doing anything else, so I decided journalism would be a good way of achieving my ambitions while earning a crust.
However, I realized in no time that the disciplines of journalism and creative writing were not as compatible as I had imagined. Moreover being a good writer isn’t something you’re born with, it’s a skill that you continue to hone in over the years, especially through reading. And so, having worked for over one and a half decade, being deeply involved in reporting, editing and feature writing, I also continued to read everything under the sun and penned down my musings in my blog, not letting my creative thirst die.
While the going was good, finally, the much awaited moment came in my life in January 2018, when I announced the launch of my debut book: ‘Road to Cherry Hills: The journey continues…’
Friends and family, publishing professionals, literary luminaries and journalists gathered at the World Book Fair 2018 at the Pragati Maidan in New Delhi to watch me, along with my fellow authors, release my work to the world.
Published by LiFi Publications, the event was a resounding success and it was an honor for me to release my book among literary luminaries, critics and enthusiasts!
The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly hearing from us, the five debut authors on stage. We introduced ourselves and our book, and even read excerpts from the books, leaving the audience captivated. There was a real eclectic mix of authors and books on offer and those displayed at the publisher’s stall.
It was indeed an occasion to cherish and it drives me to write more and bring out many more books in the days to come.
The book already available for sale on Amazon and Flipkart and at the publisher’s stall, is earning critical acclaims and excitement from several quarters. But there is one feedback from a very special person that touched my heart, that’s from my mentor, professor and a father figure, Professor H.S. Eswara, and his words mean a lot to me. Here’s what he has to say:
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