The event got off to an ominous start.
“Jerry Pinto has canceled and we can’t find a replacement,” the Crosswords representative and my publisher told me.
Oh no! I was going to have to do the event by myself. As if I wasn’t already dreading getting up in front of a crowd of people enough. There’s a reason why I’ve written a book, and that’s because I write much better than I speak!
“Can’t we postpone it?” I pleaded. “Unfortunately no, the invitations have already been sent out.” The verdict was delivered. Some good ole Indian jugaad (improvising and making do) would have to suffice.
“Don’t worry, the universe has prepared you for it. You recently hosted a book launch and know what will happen,” one friend reassured me. (Thank you soooo much for that, universe!).
“It really doesn’t matter who the host is. Everyone’s coming to see you,” another advised. (But what if no one turned up at all?)
I just hoped I could live up to expectations.
When a friend arrived, despite being sick with dengue fever, with a beautiful bunch of flowers for me my fears began to subside. By starting time, all the chairs were occupied and more people were standing. Many were smiling and looking encouraging.
The event kicked off with the unveiling of the book. In India, this means that you unwrap a copy of your book. This was followed by a short discussion about why I wrote the book. We then moved onto some talk about life in India, including my favorite festival. Then it was time to mention a few of the unusual things I’ve come across in India. I chose to focus on the quirky and less obvious things, such as the Bolenath Bull, lockable tap, Krazy Lines for cockroaches, the fancy store, and the purple thumb. It finished off with a short book reading, questions and answers, photos, and a book signing.
And, in that 45 minutes, it was all over! Another deep breath and sigh of relief.
I’m very thankful for all the support of everyone who came, and those who were involved in making the event a success. I’m very glad we went ahead with it, despite the setback (and much to my surprise I actually enjoyed it, but shhhh, that doesn’t mean I want to do any more!). As always, India is my biggest teacher — constantly pushing me out of my comfort zone, to step up and better myself.
I’ve been told that the most interesting part of the event was seeing me and hearing my voice. So for those who couldn’t attend, here’s a short video.
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