Monday, July 27, 2009

The Book Launch

It isn’t everyday that one would even think about stepping out of the world of words to meet the creator of the same in the real one. While reading a book, one tends to get lost in the characters and events of the literary piece to an extent that the author’s name remains a hazy spell. One would occasionally make up an image of the writer based on his/her writings and forget to place a face to the name.

Yesterday was one such occasion to get the pleasure of meeting a debut author of the newly released fiction ‘The Wish Make’r- Ali Sethi along with a renowned writer and winner of the Crossword-Vodafone award-Amitav Ghosh. The former was apparently a student of the later in Harvard. The event started off with a welcome speech and the excerpts reading from the book by the Author. An interview commenced after that where Ali Sethi shared his experiences during the process of creating this piece of literary fiction. Questions posed by the audience were graciously obliged with the conversation steering into the political front of Pakistan and its turbulent conditions. However it ended on a lighter vein as Ali Sethi showcased his inherent talent of being a soulful singer which was met with an appreciative round of applause.

Buying a copy of The Glass Palace and The Wish Maker, I was more than thrilled to have gotten it signed by the respective authors. Ali Sethi’s novel seemed to indicate a Psychological angle to it as described by him during his speech. Complying with my area of interest I couldn’t help but pose a question to him about the possibility of getting back to the real world after getting away from it into another world of Bollywood films-an area which is prominent in his book apparently. He smiled and replied that the answer lay in his piece of work. “Is it about wishful thinking” I asked immediately, little realizing that I hit the nail on the head. Ali Sethi’s reply with gusto confirmed my thoughts which were heading in the right direction as I returned home happily with a copy more than eager to start reading it.

It was overall a wonderful experience meeting two authors and hearing their accounts of varied genre. It proved to be an enthralling and an enjoyable evening altogether. This was the first launch which compelled me to purchase a copy of a newly released book.



Blogger KParthasarathi said...

It is an interesting account of the book launch.It is not often we find gifted writers to be interesting speakers as well.Ali Sethi seems to be good at both.We now look forward to a nice review of both the books from Sweta.It would have been useful if she had mentioned the names of publishers and the cost of books

4:22 AM  
Blogger A New Beginning said...

Hey, You made me interested enough to grab the book as soon as possible.Thanks was a nice account of your visit:)As I had mentioned earlier, your posts are very informative:)
Keep up!!

8:47 PM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

@KP: These are by Penguin publishers. The cost of The wish maker is Rs. 499 and The Glass Palace is Rs.299.

@New Beginning. Thanks!! Do let me know how you like the book when you finish reading it!

10:32 PM  
Blogger manivannan said...

An admirable account of a book launch! Well done Swetha. You have written it exceedingly well. So, we can expect the book review soon, ah?!


6:17 AM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

Thanks Manivannan!! Will definitely post a review once I finish reading the book.:-)

7:27 AM  

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