If any one told me six years ago that Ishaan would be a writer, I would have concluded that the person was delusional. If someone told me six months ago that Ishaan would write a book, I would have concluded that the person had a bit too much to drink. Which is exactly what I thought when Kartikeya came and told me that Ishaan has written a book….
Me : No way, I am the writer around here
Kid#2 : He’s a better writer
Competition reared its ugly head ….
Me : I wanna see. I don’t believe you.
Kid#2 : What don’t you believe
Me : (Getting more Drama Queenie by the minute) Both! Show me the M/s
Kid#2 : I am his agent, and I have to talk to my client before I can show his manuscript to you.
Me : (Trying very hard to control the urge to kick his braces off his teeth) Dude … you are a mechanical engineer – not a literary agent
Kid#2 : Raising his brow in a superior way
Editor’s note : Ever seen this ad by Birla Sun Life? Seems to be the story of my kids … sigh!
Well, I read the manuscript and was blown out of my mind! Its racy, readable and … damn, when did the brat who did not want to finish school, dabbled in a whole lot of crazy things like Tai Kwon Do, Gemmology, Travel, trading of mobile phones, Aviation, Badminton … ever learn how to write like this?
I confess I was a wee bit envious. Heck I am a wee bit envious. My book will come out when my esteemed publishers deem fit, here he is – a published author!
Ishaan thinks I am too patient. He is a man in a hurry. He wrote the book, chewed out his publisher, Prashant Karhade’s head. The editing was done on war footing. So was the art work for the book cover. God bless Prashant. He was so patient and efficient. I realize, Prashant that it was an impossible deadline that Ishaan imposed upon you. But kudos to you man, you pulled it off.
Guys if you want a great publisher who walks every step of the way with you … check out Prashant at APK Publishers. I have found him very approachable. Ishaan swears by him. Thanks mate!
I will write about the launch in the next blog post.