Thursday, October 28, 2010

A little announcement....

Once Upon a Time...
…there was a young girl who loved reading. At any given point in time you could bet your last rupee that she could be found with her nose in a book. Buried three inches deep. Take her to a toy store and she would screw said nose up and request her parents buy her a book instead. By the time she was eleven she would scoff at the local lending library because she had more books in her collection than they would have. Her mother would be tearing her hair out in despair over the space in space crunched Mumbai to stock these books.




And yes, this girl loved to write. Writing was something that came naturally to her. Words flowed from her pen. When she hit junior college her uncle bought her typewriter and she taught herself to type. And she typed out poems and short stories and was most pleased with herself when any of the ones she sent out got published.



Then she grew up and got into journalism. And soon her writing got relegated to assignments, and seeing her byline in print didnt give her any thrill because she was seeing it often enough. She quit because she wanted to try for a baby. And she needed to go in for ART. And she had her baby. For six years her life went onto the back burner as she played slave lackey to the demanding tyke who thought it his birthright to expect her to fetch and carry. Which she did, of course, ungrudgingly.



Until March of this year, when she sat down to take stock of her life. Nothing accomplished. Nothing done. She put her head down onto the desk and almost wept. She had morphed into a boring suburban housewife. That was not what she wanted to be remembered for when she died. She wanted to have her name on a spine that could be cracked, and with pleasure. She wanted to have a book to her name. At least one. Then, she decided, she would die happy. Till October, she promised herself. I will do this by October this year.



So she sat at the computer and wrote. Wrote a long tortured saga about two sisters who were as disparate as chalk and cheese and had a terrible secret between the two of them. She sent it out. It came right back at her.



Then, for a lark, she began writing something loosely modelled on herself and her life. She wrote around three chapters and mailed it out with a brief one line synopsis of the rest of the chapters. She struck gold. The editor she had mailed it to, liked it and wanted to see the rest. She didnt have the rest. She hadnt written it yet. But she was one never to say no. Two weeks, she told the editor. Will have it to you in two weeks.



So for two weeks, Monday to Friday, she sat and wrote for a couple of hours everyday between her regular assignments, and child pick up and drop and by the end of two weeks she had a book she mailed out.



The editor liked it. The contract was signed. And the book is now in the capable hands of the editor at Westland Publishing. And will be out eventually. Will take time I’m told. A long time. I’m in no hurry. I can wait. I waited this long to write it.



For all those readers of this blog and thirtysixandcounting.wordpress.com who told me to write a book, this is for you. And yes, this is for the mother who never stopped asking me when I planned to sit down and write a book, even when I was trussed up like a chicken in the delivery room for my C-Sec.

28 comments:

  1. Hi Kiran,

    Wow congratulations.

    This is great news. Waiting to laid my hand on your book. I know this is as fascinating and interesting as your posts.

    Congrats again.

    Karthik S

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  2. Congratulations!!!

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  3. At last! I always knew that you definitely were going to write a book. Looking forward to it!
    And not just one, either.

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  4. Chips1:35 AM

    Many Congratulations!! So looking forward to seeing you in print. Good luck.

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  5. Congratulations..Cant wait to get the book :-)

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  6. Marvellous!!! Congratulations :) Will be waiting to get my hands on a copy.

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  7. Congratulations.

    delurking to give my best wishes to you and family. Being able to complete what one dreamt is quite an achievement. Hope you will write many more books.
    Good luck.

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  8. Congratulations!
    Waiting to get my hands on the book.

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  9. omg!! this is terrific!! go Kiran go!!

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  10. Kiran.. This is amazing news. I love reading your blog.. Very happy to know this.

    all the very best to you.

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  11. Wow! congratulations!! lovely.. waiting to hear more about the book

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  12. That is great news! Congratulations, Kiran!
    Do keep us posted on when the book comes out.

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  13. LITTLE announcement? This is MAJOR BIG-TIME news!!! Woooohoooo! Way to go :)))))))))))) Congrats, can't wait to see it!

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  14. Anonymous10:03 AM

    Congrats Kiran

    Very very happy for you.

    Warm regards

    Anu

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  15. May this be the start of many to follow, K! :-) Waiting eagerly for it to get published.

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  16. Congratulations Kiran. Wish you all the best :)

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  17. long-time reader of your blogs but first time commenter. congratulations. can't wait for the book... i'm sure it will be witty, humourous and intelligent like all your posts.

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  18. Anonymous5:40 AM

    Its not too late now. You have given your best time to Krish. You are the best mom.. and I am sure your dreams will be fulfilled soon.
    Manju

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  19. awesome dawesome!!! Congratulations! I love love love your writing and am so happy I am going to read an entire book written by you!!!

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  20. I've been a silent visitor all this while. But can't leave without saying congrats for this one!

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  21. Hey great.. congratulations.. two weeks.. you did it in two weeks.. amazing. Will wait for the book. Cheers to many more.

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  22. Congratulations!!! awesome to see someone's dreams come true! When is the book supposed to come out? Waiting for it :)

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  23. awesome!!!! i will do a total fan-girl act and buy it as soon as its out! and then send it to you for autograph. wokay?! :)

    super super news!

    hugs

    abha

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  24. Can hardly wait to get my hands on it!

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  25. WOW! Thrilled to hear the news! Congratulations...and let this just be the beginning of more to come...
    eagerly awaiting
    Best Wishes
    Ardra

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  26. YAYYYY Congrats Lady K!

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  27. Congratulations! Wish you all the best with the book, waiting for it :)

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  28. Anonymous8:47 AM

    I thought I posted the commet .Cant see it ! so here again..

    Congrtaulations!

    you give me some hope that some day I;ll get to my dreams after the brats are lil grown up. Now what are my dreams ..I need to fugure that out!

    ~ Krithiga

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