I’m pleased to announce that my humorous novel will be published in 2010, around July, by Hachette India, a branch of the world’s largest general books publisher. Hachette has been in India for only a few years, publishing its first local book, My Friend Sancho, this past May. The novel, by Amit Varma, was the highest selling fiction debut of the year. I hope to follow in Amit’s footsteps — that’s why I’ve decided to title my book My Friend Pancho.
Actually, my book will be called Sancho Takes The Plunge. No, wait — it’s Bala Takes The Plunge. As reader Viswa aptly put it, the novel is also about me taking a plunge. I’ve been writing humor columns for almost 15 years and enjoyed doing so, but I consider that period somewhat of an apprenticeship. It has allowed me to experiment with humor, to see what works and what doesn’t. The time has come to plunge into something new, without giving up the old (not yet, anyway). I hope to write more novels in the coming years, even if I have to publish them myself and sell them all to my mother. (If you happen to be one of my relatives, please buy 10 copies of Bala Take The Plunge, even if you have to make two trips to the bookstore in your Nano.)
My book will be launched in Chennai — and hopefully go high enough to reach other cities. I plan to visit Chennai and a few other cities to promote the book. If you don’t live in India, you’ll still be able to buy the book online, perhaps from India Plaza. You can also wait until the book is published in your country. But if you live in Saudi Arabia, I wouldn’t hold my breath. (The Saudi authorities are eager to see me take a plunge — into the Indian Ocean.)
I’ll keep you updated on any book news. And, of course, I’ll create a Facebook page for the book, so we can easily exchange messages about it.
Me: “Did you buy the book?”
Me: “How many copies?”
You: “Just one.”
Me: “Just one?!! What about your dog? Don’t you want to buy a copy for him?”
You: “My dog can’t read.”
Me: “So what? Neither can my relatives!”
You: “Is that true?”
Me: “Well, a few of them can’t read. But they’re still buying my book.”
You: “Why are they bothering?”
Me: “I told them that I mentioned them in the acknowledgments page.”