Novel Updates – II

Yes, there was a Novel Update – I and it came out in February. You can read it here –

My life has always followed a pattern. Every fabulous news is accompanied by a disaster. It is God’s way of telling me that I cannot have it all, that he will never ever let me have a perfect day. For example, if I have decided to take a week-long holiday two months later, there will be a sudden avalanche of work two days before I go on that holiday. It will be God’s way to squeeze out every ounce of pre-holiday happiness out of me. I am sure this happens with everyone but every fucking time?

So, last Friday (two days before Diwali), I was gung-ho about spending the weekend with my family. It was also Anika’s first Diwali. Now add to it the fact that a few days back, I was shocked to see a letter from a publishing house in my inbox stating that they would like to publish my novel. I was eagerly waiting for the agreement letter from the publishing house before they could change their mind. Diwali and an agreement with a Publishing house – now this was too perfect to be true. “Hmmm, let’s do something about it,” God said.

Now my office has an air conditioning system that no own knows how to operate. It stays at 21 degrees and there is no power that can budge it from there. We phone and phone the guys at the facility and they promise to save us from dying. To fulfil their promise, one of them appears with a futuristic machine in his hand to check the temperature (as if we were lying) and once he is satisfied that it is actually freezing, he unsuccessfully tries to increase the temperature.

It so happened on Friday that my wife called me to tell me that the agreement has arrived. I told her amidst chattering teeth that it was a great news and I was not feeling well because of the cold. By the time I reached home, I was coughing and sneezing to glory and had a look at the agreement with watery eyes. Some harsh medicines and a wasted Diwali later, I signed the agreement and sent it over.

You might call me a pessimist. You might say that getting a novel published should have overshadowed everything in my mind. And you are correct. It was just a bloody cold. I just wish that things would have been perfect. I am tired of paying a price for my happiness. Believe me, it is irritating when you have done this throughout your life. Sometimes I am scared of an impending happiness thinking of the baggage with which it will come.

Anyway. Let me stop being a blithering idiot and share my happiness with the readers of this blog. Most of you have already congratulated me on Facebook but those of you who haven’t and those of you who would like to repeat the act, please feel free to use the comment box.

Let me end by saying that all of you have given me courage. I would not have gathered the confidence to write a book if all of you would not have encouraged this blog. I hope my book(s!!!) live up to your expectations and I am able to entertain you. I will keep you updated with the proceedings. Hopefully the book will be out next year. Thank you everyone and I will need your support in this new adventure, to make it perfect despite you-know-who’s alternate plans.

p.s. It gives me joy that I will change my blog header very soon. I am going to strike off that ‘trying to be’.


72 comments on “Novel Updates – II

  1. This is great news…. Congratulations!!! 🙂 I am glad I am logged in right now to read this post…. I am so happy for you. 🙂 🙂 See, I told you in February, that I can see publishers following you everywhere. That’s going to be a fact soon. And yes, you were already a writer, even before this novel happened, a great writer infact. Congrats… 🙂

  2. I was happy to read your status message. Really happy. Although it is a virtual world, it feels like one of us is making us proud. All the best! And consider this a gift for all the hard work, not a stupid price that you have to pay. Understand the difference Mr.Trying-to-be-a-Writer, er, Mr. Writer!

    • Thanks Nisha. 🙂 I know, I am just being an idiot but sometimes you want to be just happy with no strings attached. That seems to never happen with me. Anyway, thank you very much for the encouragement. It means a lot. 🙂

    • Thanks Mahabore. I have no idea. I think everything is in very initial stages right now. So, let me have a meeting or two and things will be much clear. I will share the details of the publishing house soon.

  3. FANTABULOUS news!!! 😀 😀 Hearty congrats!!

    And by the way, I get hit with that too… I mean the whole bad news with the good news bit. I look at it differently…. it kinda makes me stay grounded and not get carried away with the happiness and excitement.
    I guess if that happens to you every single time, you might lose your patience…. I don’t blame you. But for the moment, enjoy 🙂

  4. Awesome ! Congrats Amit ! Waiting to read the book.I am sure it will be splendid.

    Freezing ACs – Tell me about it @@.. If I could, I would wish away ACs-blasted things designed to give me a runny nose the moment I come within a mile of it 😦

    • Thanks Moonstone. Yeah, I hope the book is received well.
      I called up the AC guy today and gave him a piece of my mind. There has been some respite after that.

  5. Yayyy….congratulations, Amit!!! Really very happy for, when am I getting an autographed copy?:-) and btw, I will be first in a disaster following happiness…:-)

  6. super.. congrats again.. :).. so i would get a free author signed copy right??..
    talking about AC.. i hate my place, which is just under AC inlet. after complaining for long, i realised the best solution is to keep a sweater in my draw . :D.

    • Thanks Ashreyamom. Yeah, my seat is also right below a duct and that is why I fell ill in the first place. I had a heart to heart with the AC guy today and things were fine after that. 🙂

    • btw, the room we sit is forever freezing and each of us had bought our own personal heaters…with all the heaters turned on, the power tripped and no work in the morning!!!! Then there is this huge guy sitting next to us, who is like 6 foot 4 inches wears three layers and his heater is on irrespective of being cold or not…and the headache the heater gives us…oh..that needs a post..:(

  7. Congratulations! Although, I have to say, coming from a country known for its winters, I’m laughing at your misery with the air conditioning. 🙂 Still, good work on getting published!

  8. Big big big wala congratulations. I would say thank god it was just the cold, you scared me in that first para.

    Ever since I have started reading you, I always wished you come up with a book. And now when it’s happening I can’t wait to get a copy. Next year it is, all the very best with everything Mr. Writer :).

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