Tuesday, May 19

The Chennai book launch of Amit Varma's 'My Friend Sancho'

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There was a warning that the news of Prabhakaran's killing may cause riots in the city, so the company that I work for let me go one hour early today. No doubt they'll keep me back one hour late somewhere in the near future.

So, given the risk of venturing out into the city on a dangerous day, half my blog's readership (my friend PJ) and I decided to do what most rational souls would have done - travel for about 10-15 km to the Landmark store where India's most powerful blogger (or something like that), Amit Varma was making an appearance to promote his book.

The book reading was good, although for those of you interested in celebrity trivia, Amit pronounces that as 'dat'. The passage that Amit started out with contained swear words and orgasmic sounds; these were greeted by silence and a muffled gasp by the Chennai audience who are not used to such potty mouths. And after the discussion with Sharanya and another reading, came the funniest part of the session - audience Q&A. Some gems from the evening below:
1. I am a journalist, and as a journalist I know what journalists go through. Since I'm a journalist who's written a couple of books called '?????' and 'The ???? of ????', my journalistic question to you is about journalistic writing. What is it?

2. Why don't you start a website?

3. WHO IS THIS YOUR FRIEND SANCHI?

The last question came from a really grumpy but cute old gentleman. The end of the session was followed by the book signing and the most anticipated part of the evening - snacks. Unfortunately, my Ayurvedic diet mandates that bread cannot be eaten, so I had to keep away from the sandwiches. :(

Oddly, Amit seemed to remember me and insisted on getting his photograph taken with me. Here's the picture we took after a nice, short conversation about writing, Mumbai, blogging, wives (all good), work and books.


Amit signed my book with, "It's nice to finally meet you." The feeling was mutual Amit. :)

Also, check out Sunil's more detailed coverage of the event here.

14 comments:

  1. You look like an angel, completely different from your usual self. Is the benign presence to blame?

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  2. Is PJ who i think it is? Was one of the questions asked by PJ? PJ gets back in town and there is news of riots in town? Is this all a coincidence...!

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  3. Hi Rohan,

    The guy in the front row was you!??! Man!

    BTW, I think we are both employed by the same MNC! :D

    I've posted a rather longish narrative on my blog http://linuskrishnan.blogspot.com

    Check it out when you have time.

    Cheers,
    Sunil

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  4. @Giribala: Amit's stunning looks inspire one and all. This is just the beginning. Front front you see, happens is what.

    @Abhi: PJ is who you think it is. No co-incidence. It's all part of his group's master plan. There will be blood.

    @Sunil: Yup, it was me. Linked to your post. It's much better than mine. Will catch you on internal office communicator some time.

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  5. I see the chemistry. Two hearts are meeting, but slyly slyly.

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  6. In a Facebook thread somewhere, Amit says that he 'wants my body'. We are not a couple for slyness. Open open love will do both of us.

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  7. Not his fault. Anybody’s condition would worsen after seeing: these black black eyes, these cheeks fair fair, these sharp sharp glances, this doe like gait!

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  8. Hehe. Funny story this, where it starts, where it ends. These destinations are which, not they understood, not us.

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  9. He seems more interested in Adam Lambert:
    Heart’s piece piece did then smiling smiling went away,
    Going Going tell me this for whom will I live anyway?
    btw, who is showering 'awesomes' on you?

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  10. Season is very awesome, season is very awesome, this American ido season is very awesome.

    But really, who is showering 'awesomes' on me? I don't know.

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  11. Not his fault. Anybody’s condition would worsen after seeing: these black black eyes, these cheeks fair fair, these sharp sharp glances, this doe like gait!

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  12. He seems more interested in Adam Lambert:
    Heart’s piece piece did then smiling smiling went away,
    Going Going tell me this for whom will I live anyway?
    btw, who is showering 'awesomes' on you?

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  13. Season is very awesome, season is very awesome, this American ido season is very awesome.

    But really, who is showering 'awesomes' on me? I don't know.

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  14. I see the chemistry. Two hearts are meeting, but slyly slyly.

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