Thursday, November 11, 2010

Gratifying Sip Of Chai

Yesterday morning, I received my first royalty cheque for Chai, Chai. Neat sum, neat sales. Thank you, everyone, who bought the book and liked it.

But this morning, I received something which I found more rewarding (and touching) -- a mail from a reader in Pune:

I'm not much of a reader. Randomly, I would pick up a book off the shelves from a Crossword or a Landmark. While searching for a birthday gift for my father, CHAI CHAI caught my attention. The railway tracks with the cup of chai and a few birds flying here and there.

My father spent half of his life on the railway tracks. he went wherever his work took him. I thought I couldnt get a better birthday gift for him. He started reading your book. Might have completed a chapter or two. And well, the heavens took him away.

After a few months, I found the book in his files and papers, and I started reading it. Apart from it being an absolutely stunning read, the book someohow kept taking me back to dad and I was lost in the words you weaved across the pages.

It got me closer to my dad in some or the other way.

I just wanted to thank you sir. And all the very best for the times ahead.


If Chai, Chai has taken someone back to a departed parent, it was worth writing it.

12 comments:

Deepika Munot said...

Strange the things that bind and bond!!

Janani Sampath said...

wow!! this is a great compliment indeed.. happy for you and chai chai:))))

Anonymous said...

I am so proud of you darling!

Ardra said...

Serendipitous indeed...and not for just that reader...
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பத்மா said...

congrats .wish u to get more such cheques and such letters

Anonymous said...

Gr8 going BG! All the best!
BTW books have that magic.....esp good books...:)
Zig

margee said...

like the first morning cuppa of tea w gives the zest for entire day..'chai chai' gives the zeal which a reader searches in a travel book !!!

hardik mehta said...

thats the best part bout books and movies - the timelessness of it - we never know - when and where will our works be seen/read - but once done - it might take the reader/viewer to a different emotional level that we might not have thought ofit while writing/making...

many congrats!!!

Anonymous said...

Great posts everyday, congratulations on the great book and the good sales!!!

By the way, have you been fired or something? You have so many posts this week that I was almost taken aback, chakri ta aache to dada?

Neha said...

More than the cheque, it's your readers whose feedback give you a sense of satisfaction. And this is a great compliment indeed. I have Chai Chai and am waiting for your next book :)

Truly Yours said...

Wow...that's a huge compliment and more rewarding than anything in this world. Keep up the good work and delight us with more such gems.

Anonymous said...

u r back in form BG