I whispered to Satish in small voice “Do you think one day my book will also be in these shelves?”
His reply, in a clear, unfaltering voice was “Of course it will. Where is the doubt?”
Then he added “See—today no one knows you when you walk in. Tomorrow they will all recognize you.”
I just smiled and brushed it aside as fond praise from a loving husband.
It has been an arduous journey since then consisting of slogging, sweating, toiling and burning the midnight oil, spending hours and hours writing, re writing, editing, contacting publishers and what-have-you and what-have-you-not!
The seemingly distant dream came true yesterday. We went to Crossword last evening and it was one of the proudest moments of my life. One part of me felt overjoyed, elated, and euphoric. Another part of me was filled with sadness that my dad could never be a part of this.
The store had a huge standee of my book launch. All over the store were posters of my book. The moment I entered, some people recognized me and some said “Oh—you are Preeti Shenoy? The book is great.”
Satish was so very proud. For about five minutes Satish and I could not speak, and we stood staring at the book shelves which prominently had my book displayed. I could not talk at all. I was a vortex of emotions—I did not know whether to laugh or to cry and I just stood there posing for the pictures which Satish wanted to click.
The children were so proud. All over the store wherever they saw my book they would call out “Mummy—see your book is here.” “Mummy—look here—your book!” They were excited and yes—they did buy a book of mine with their pocket money.(Scroll down and see previous post for full story)
“How do you manage everything—home, kids, fitness routine, writing, painting?’ he asked
“I stay up late.” I said .Then I added “I also have two wonderful children, a very supportive husband, and rock-solid friends.”
For me, more than the money (which to be honest is hardly anything) it is reaching out to people which matters. If this book has made you think, made you smile, made you live at least one day fully, then I’d think it has succeeded. This book was born out of deep grief and helplessness. This book is entirely for my dad.
Note: 34 Bubblegums and Candies published by SRISHTI is now available at a book store near you if you happen to live in India.(In case it is not you can place an order and they will get it for you within 10 days). It costs Rs.100/-
If you happen to live abroad and want to order it online, you will have to place an order with any of the online sites (Eg:Rediff or Indiaplaza.in) and they will contact the publishers and get it for you.