Get me to the book launch in time

Our first stop en route to the book launch was Chandigarh.  We reached Chandigarh at 8 p.m. and were welcomed by rain.  Ah bliss!  One major observation I have to make here is that people in Punjab haven’t disrespected nature at all.  I mean India is majorly agricultural right?  You go to Haryana, U.P., Rajasthan and you see rampant greed which has turned these states into dust bowls.  Punjab is green, even in the month of May. The air is cleaner and pleasant.  I mean you get out of the station and breathe in a lungful of fresh and oxy-rich air, instead of dust.  So refreshing!  It brought smiles to our faces, and so did the old world courtesy of the cab driver who was taking us to Patiala.

And then Kunal Marathe did something that floored us.  He rang us up and asked courteously, “What’ll you have for dinner?  The kitchen will be closed by the time you reach the hotel.”


He must have had zillions of things to do, what with the book launch the next day, with Maharani Preneet Kaur as chief guest and all that.
But he thought of us, and asked us what we’d want to eat!  Kunal, you are a very considerate and gracious host.   Thanks!

We reached Patiala, were welcomed by Kunal and the food.  I loved the hotel, it was so old world and charming, but more of that in a bit.  We simply hugged Kunal and tore into the food like starving wastrels.  Swear we did!  And Kunal sat with us.  He kept telling us, ever so politely,  that he had to get up at 6 a.m. and be at the venue by 7, but poor chap, when the Lalits turn on charm, one succumbs. 😛

We finally went to sleep at 3 a.m.

Kunal had his revenge in the morning when he rang me up at 7 and told me that I was responsible for getting the boys and me to the venue before ten.  And he kept ringing me up every ten minutes or so!  Good gosh!  Talk about pressure, that too when one has to drape a sari and put on make up!

In my normal day I wear jeans and tatty tees, or kurti and tights.  I put on sunscreen, and that is all.  I don’t do girly very well, not even a lipstick.  Naturally I got stressed.  And it did not help matters that after every phone call I rushed to the room the boys were sharing.  They were in a vacation mood, so hurrying them up was quite a job.

I am sure he was chuckling at the effect he was having on me.  Finally, dressed and breakfasted, we reached the venue …. which was awesome!

Ishaan at the venue

Yes those planes are real!  My plane mad son could not get enough of them.


And this was the entrance to the club hall.

And we got there in time, before the chief guest arrived.  Yes, sir, we did get to the book launch in time.

And found that I had got my leg pulled oh so thoroughly, by no one but the one and only Kunal Marathe.

Me speaking at Delhi book fair

This was taken in winters at the Delhi Book Fair, at the authors corner, where I was reading from another book of mine.  Please take close look at my attire, dressed for comfort, warmth and ease of body movement.

But Kunal told us that there was a dress code.  We were supposed to wear sarees etc.  And I fell for it, hook line and Sinker.  I even went to the extent of getting a saree made for the occasion!  Heh 😆

Me at podium

Very few ladies were wearing saris, most of them were in salwar kameez.

Well played, Kunal, extremely well played.

But I have to admit, I looked nice.

Other posts in this series :

From Delhi to Chandigarh for the book launch

The book launch



12 thoughts on “Get me to the book launch in time

    • I hope the readers like it as much as I enjoyed writing it 🙂
      To me, writing, spinning a tale is a work of joy. It thrills me. I hope that sense of fun shows in the book too

  1. Ritu Ji:
    I have been reading your blog for such a long time now (I found you through Shail’s nest). And I am delurking today to tell you how much I appreciate your writing, your spirit and your sense of humour. And I also realised we do have a few things in common: well to start with, my home town is Faridabad, even saying the name of this town makes me feel home-sick 🙂
    And then your name happens to be same as my younger sister who has, if not same as you, but comparable sense of humour and the spirit to take everything that life throws at you in the most positive spirit.

    You look really good in the saree.
    All the very best for your new book launch.


    • A home townie! I’ve been in Faridabad since the time I got married and came here as a bride (1979) and watched it grow! Its a wonderful place to bring up kids … they grow up rooted, which, given my turbulent life, was a very big asset. I could have moved out once the marriage fell apart, but stayed on to give them stability.

      Would love to meet you, whenever you come here for a visit. Is your maika here?

      • Yes, mom’s place and that’s the reason for it to be more nostalgic and being close to my heart. I’d love to meet you when I am there next.

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  3. From all the pictures that you have shared so far, I must say, the Maharani of Patiala pales in comparison to you. 😀
    You may be a tomboy at heart, but you do a Barbie pretty well, too!

    As always, wishing much success to your book!

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