When your BFF publishes a book that you have already read, re-read and heard about during the making, that too a quadzillion times, how do you review it? No this is not a review.
Author Sir (AS): Did you read the draft I sent?
Vid Dev (VD): You know I don’t read love stories, right. Will do it over the weekend.
AS: Did you complete it? It has been more than a week already.
VD: OOPS! You know I was working late… Let me do it this weekend.
VD: AS! I read the first chapter… It is full of typos.
AS: Yes ma. The part I have given you is the unedited version. I have sent it to the editor, lets see.
VD: Oh okay.
AS: Ignore that version, I am sending you an epub convert. Try it out on your phone and tell me how it looks.
VD: AS!! Ayn Rand, Fountain Head, and that train scene. The story actually took off brilliantly!! And then ended at the same pace – duh when are you giving me the next part?
AS: Haha, you liked it? Wait… How long you took to read what I sent. Wait for now.
VD: Hey! This other girl who comes in your story. I have read the story somewhere. Isn’t it the “the Girl with the Tattoo” from your blog?
AS (smiling): Yes, it is.
VD: So these incidents are real? They actually happened to you? Are you that Jai?
AS: Hmmm… I wouldn’t say so. I just drew inspiration from characters I have met.
VD: Finding addresses and sending flowers – don’t you think that is nauseatingly romantic?
AS: Well Jai is blindly in love. What else can you expect?
VD: Fair point.
AS: Did you read that book I lent to you? Do you remember the seven stages of love? I am basing my novel on the same concept.
VD: Oh yes! That was new to me. So your book has 7 parts, one for each stage eh? That’s cool!!
AS: Did I tell you? I am changing the title to simply 300 days. How far are we with the reading now?
VD: Close to completion. I like this Chilakamma character, you know. Well portrayed. Not like this strong willed feministic make-believe women in many books. She is strong in her own way, but so real; so relatable, with all fears and indecisiveness, wanting to be nice to all, facing the hardships that life throws at her. I have even portrayed a mental image of how she looks like.
AS: I wonder how she looks like.
VD: Let me see if I can do an illustration.
AS: Speaking of illustrations, the other one you drew – the physical copy got lost in the floods. All I have is a digital version right now.
VD: Oh no 🙁 But, come on, we know what all you went through during the floods. Let’s hold on to what we have.
AS: Congratulate me!
VD: Congrats!!! What’s the occasion?
AS: The n-th publisher rejected my novel. Way to go, right?
VD: Ohhh! AS, those publishers are not the only ones who can judge your story. Look at it this way – you want to tell the world your story; the world (universe) will conspire a way to get it done.
AS: I am worried that the book might not see the light of the day.
VD: Please don’t talk that way. Look at all that you have accomplished. All that research and effort that you have put in creating this will not go waste. We should’t let it.
VD: You are an amazing story teller AS. It is time everyone gets to know it.
AS: Vid! 300 days is available for pre-order now!!!! It will be up for sale from the 18th of this month. You know that is Anya’s birthday?
VD: You and your way of remembering dates. Yaay! I am super excited. All the best to you!
AS: Thank you 🙂
VD: I shall “keep spreading” word about the book. I am sure you will go places buddy. “Keep smiling” 😉
300 days book trailer:
A little something I drew, a couple of years ago (the branch has 300 in it and chilakamma means parrot):
Grab your copy of the book here.