Friday, June 12, 2009

The real thing

I stepped out of the house today, quietly so as not to disturb the child playing with his Nani and trying to avoid a tantrum and demands to be taken along. I was running late for my appointment for a haircut at The Hip Salon (not its real name) and so almost ignored the courier man who was stepping out of the elevator just as I was rushing out. That was before I saw what he held in his hands.

My book! It's here! I screamed and immediately snatched the parcel out of his hands. Or tried to. He made me sign something, I could have signed away my soul for all the attention I was paying.

Mamma! I shouted, letting myself back inside, they are here, the author copies!
Much excitement prevailed.


I opened a copy and read bits and pieces. I wrote it, I told myself. Naah, replied myself.

In that moment, I knew that this is what I want to do, for now and for ever.

Then I went off for my haircut.



The advantage of being the author: getting to read (pose with) the book before it hits the stands.

58 comments:

shilpa said...

Mera number kab aayega? I will have to ask my mom to get it for me!

Anu said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!
Love the cover and am booking..can't wait to read.. CONGRATS AGAIN and ALL THE BEST :))

OK finally i comment on a post before there are 10 more already posted and therefore i don't! and first comment how cool is that :))

thememorymaker said...

Congratulations again :) Waiting for ur book to come on Amazon :)

Unmana said...

Congratulations, Parul! Will pick up a copy for sure. Will there be a launch in Pune?

mindspace said...

you fully deserve to flaunt it like this :) it increases my urge to pick it up now!!!

Priya said...

Congratulations!!

Cant wait to read it..since I would pretty soon need all the advice and humour about motherhood from it :-D

akamonica said...

wow. lovely parul. Very few people actually know what they want to do in the first place and even fewer actually get to do it. Im happy for you.
im reaching mumbai on 21st june and im there for 2 weeks. would REALLY love to see you if you dont mind.

Gymnast said...

Wow , must be a great feeling. Though i am not a mother yet , i am sure the book will be hilarious and i am not averse to laughter.
You're an author. Wow.

Vidya said...

Yay!! Clap Clap!
And I love haircuts,especially that moment when the stylist is just finished!

Aditya said...

Felicitations !! Bangalore is eagerly waiting for your stop over :-)

mayG said...

OMG! congrats Parul!! :D

Kodi's Mom said...

your excitement is infectious! I cant wait to read it; can only imagine how thrilled you are. congrats again and here's to a wonderful beginning!

-kodi's mom.

Mampi said...

We like the author with the book.
Will definitely buy the book.
hopefully it will be available in my city,

B o o said...

You are so cute, you know that? :)

scribblermom said...

Congratulations on the book... I am waiting for it to hit the stands... The blurb sounds interesting

Aneela Z said...

oh this is sooooo exciting ...i hope you never lose "the wonder" of these days...all my prayers and more...send us a pic of the haircut.

preetischronicle said...

arrey waah! now the excitement is building up :)

roop said...

u are so adorable!!! :D :D

ashkd said...

wowwww.. congrats.. :-)

ThoughtSafari said...

Its got a lovely cover! Cheers to new beginnings :)

Homecooked said...

Congrats. I can sense the excitement. Author copies sounds so huge and terribly important! Waiting for it to come on Amazon. And you are right.... haircut comes somewhere in between now and forever :)

Mamma mia! Me a mamma? said...

I can feel your excitement way over here! It's so palpable!

I felt the same way when I got my copy of "Chicken Soup for the Indian Soul". I wanted to shout from the roof-tops.

But a whole book! One, ENTIRE, WHOLE book!! That's the cake, bakery and all the patisseries of France! Hell, if I ever write a book, I probably will shout from the roof-top!

Congrats girl, again and again and again! I just can't say it enough! And I just can't wait to lay my hands on it!

Anuradha said...

Awesome!! 10 more days and I should be doing the same too! :)

Parul said...

shilpa...Bahut jaldi aayega, I predict. Where are you based?

Anu...You are a blogger...you know the 150th comment is as precious as the first! Thank you.

thememorymaker...Many thanks again. I will only be harping on about the book now, I think.

Unmana...Thank you and I sure hope so!

mindspace...Oh well, I am just very excited!

Priya...Wow! Congratulations and when are you due? And don't look at this book for advice, it's pure fiction!

akamonica...Absolutely! Let's plan something when you come down.

Gymnast...It is a great feeling. And yes, read it for the funnies!

Vidya...Me too, I love chopping my hair off! I do think I did a post about it once.

Aditya...Gracias! I hope I get to go to Blr.

mayG...OMG, thanks mayG!

Kodi's Mom...Thank you, KM, means much.

Mampi...Oh well, I guess it's highly immature but I can't help it!

B o o...hehe, as long as my childish behaviour gets interpreted as cute, I am fine!

scribblermom...Glad you think so!

Aneela Z...'The wonder' essentially means me I am wandering around with a stupid grin plastered on my face!

preetischronicle...It is, it is!

roop...Gah, everyone's laughing at me!

ashkd...Thank you!

ThoughtSafari...You think so? Thanks!

Homecooked...They do, don't they? I keep repeating it to myself!

Mamma mia! Me a mamma?...Hehe, I am just bursting with it, no? I must pick up your book too!

Anuradha...And that is when I will be really scared!

Perfect Witch said...

You lucky *$%, such a neat picture. Sort of JKR?
Good luck and hopefully this would be the harbinger of many such opportunities to come!

D said...

Holy wow! I just started visiting your blog and I hear you've authored a book! I'm in august company. Congratulations!

kbpm said...

Super!
We will incessantly prowl the bookstores now.

mayya said...

That's aweeeeeeesome news!!!!

divi said...

:D :D :D :D :D
AWESOME! Big hug

Deepti said...

Must be such a surreal feeling .. way to go !!!

Suma said...

awesome!

:)

Illusion said...

Heartiest Congratulations!!! Well done!!!

btw..am at new URL...

Nat said...

congrats!

Meira said...

You made it to the saloon in time?:P
You're good :D
It does look great.

Swati said...

Yippee ! Congrats!

Divya said...

That's awesome.. :)

Can't wait to get my hands on the book now.... Would love an autographed copy, if you come to Hyderabad.. :)

-Divya

preetischronicle said...

Hi Parul, if you happen to be in delhi for the book release, do post it on the blog, would love to meet you in person and get and autographed copy :)

The Nomad said...

Very very cool! :)

choxbox said...

kewler it gets!

Iya said...

ur excitement is almost opaque. i can feel it all the way till here

Mama - Mia said...

:D

so does hiding your face BEHIND the book qualify as posing with the book?! :p

congrats yet again parul!

way to go!

cheers!

abha

Parul said...

Perfect Witch...Hehe, you like? My husband took it and for once he hasn't destroyed it.

D...Thank you so much! Yes, this was a pretty big to-do for me so glad it's done!

kbpm...LOL, I can almost see you doing that with the angel (monster) in tow!

mayya...Many thanks, yes, it is pretty huge for me.

divi...Thanks a bunch, ask your batch people to buy it!

Deepti...Surreal is right!

Suma...I agree!

Illusion...Yes, the font looks different!

Nat...Hello and thanks, how is the weight loss blog coming along?

Meira...I did, ha!

Swati...Yay, thanks!

Divya...Thanks, feels great to be able to share it like this.

preetischronicle...Oh absolutely! Would love to do it.

mummyjaan said...

Wow! Congratulations.

thethoughtfultrain said...

Hearty Congratulations Paurl! Wishing you success on your book launch. I liked the book cover - reminds me of the animated Pink Panther video. :-)

Quirky Quill said...

you should have done a before and after the haircut! would have added to the effect :)
Congrats again on the book!

shilpa said...

I am in Washington DC but I can enlist my mom's help(she is in Hyd) to pick the book for me!!!
Go blog-authors!!

soulsafar said...

Hi there.. your blog's the funnies! Looking forward to your book too.

Achi said...

Congrats! The cover looks great! Wanna read it right now!

Vini said...

Congratulations!!
I am on homeground, so I am sure I will find the book easily enough.
St. Clare's, Malory Towers, Harry Potter and now the Vasu Chronicles :)

dipali said...

I was preemptively scouring Starmark yesterday, hoping that The Book had magically found its way there a little early:)
I'm wearing a stupid grin too, so thrilled for you:)

SMM said...

Yopu'v already got a fan following...so the book is bound to be a hit int he virtual world & the real world :)

Poppins said...

Oh wow ! Awesome it must feel. Congratulations again and again!

Parul said...

The Nomad...It is, it is!

choxbox...And also nerve-wracking!

Iya...Must travel fast then.

Mama - Mia said...As against?

thethoughtfultrain...Many thanks, Pink panther because of pink and blue?

Quirky Quill...I try to avoid putting pictures of myself. Thanks for the wishes!

shilpa...Or you could order it on amazon?

soulsafar...Ah thanks,funny is good, I think!

Achi...Gosh, I hope it meets your expectations!

Vini...Yes, of course, it should be in stores very soon.

dipali...Ah, well, flipkart is shipping it now but you might as well wait a couple of days and get it from the store.

SMM...Not followers as much as readers/friends, really. I hope people will like it!

Parul said...

The Nomad...It is, it is!

choxbox...And also nerve-wracking!

Iya...Must travel fast then.

Mama - Mia said...As against?

thethoughtfultrain...Many thanks, Pink panther because of pink and blue?

Quirky Quill...I try to avoid putting pictures of myself. Thanks for the wishes!

shilpa...Or you could order it on amazon?

soulsafar...Ah thanks,funny is good, I think!

Achi...Gosh, I hope it meets your expectations!

Vini...Yes, of course, it should be in stores very soon.

dipali...Ah, well, flipkart is shipping it now but you might as well wait a couple of days and get it from the store.

SMM...Not followers as much as readers/friends, really. I hope people will like it!

poppins...And thank you again and again!

Honey Bee said...

I am one of those Silent readers.... But for this one, I am breaking my silence to wish you Girly....Congrats!!! That's one hell of a Pic..

Just Like That said...

very very happy for you. :-) It must be an awesome feeling to hold YOUR book in your hand.

Maggie said...

CONGRATULATIONS!

I'm so excited for you. When will it hit bookstores? My folks are coming here next week, I'll ask them to bring me a copy.

Well done you, it must be such a wonderful feeling!

Diwakar Sinha said...

how can you write such great posts?!!
not only this one,but so many more..!!
congratulations n all the best!