Ah… My favourite day- 26th September 2015.. My Book Launch Day! The Book Launch for my book “A Forest Adventure- Bugs’ Life Series”.
One and a half hour before the launch, my grandfather and my father went to South Point Mall, Quill and Canvas (my book launch venue) before the others to start the decorations, while I was getting all set for my big day.
My Aunt, my cousin, my grandmother, my mother, my brother and I went there after about an hour. The moment we got there, a person at the bookstore went around asking who the author is. When I told him that it was me, he grabbed a bunch of my books and put them on the table in front of me and said, “Autograph all of them” and went away. How am I supposed to do that? I didn’t even have a pen!
I went to the bookstore owner and told her that this person has given me a bunch of books and told me to sign all of them but I don’t have a pen. She took out a ball pen and was about to give it to me, just to be interrupted by my brother handing me the golden pen which we had bought a few days ago. I sat and started signing them while thinking if the copies were to be signed after the buyer bought them or before.
Just after some of the copies were signed, my friend came. I put the books away and walked around in the bookstore with her. Just then the person who told me to sign the copies saw me and asked, “Did you sign the books?” “No… Uh.. Not yet…” I said and sat there signing them again.
Then some people came and said ‘hi’ and sat in the audience. It was already 4:15 while the book launch was supposed to be started at 4:00.
The Launch was about to start! My dad told me to sit in the audience. I sat there and waited for my signal. Then Sujit Uncle, the anchor, called, “Now let’s welcome- Vishnu Priya Soma!!” Everyone applauded. I stood up and went there.
I sat there while my dad was giving a short speech. Then he called me again and I stood up. Everyone applauded (again), all the TV cameras, phone cameras, you name it; positioned towards me. I took the mike from him, glanced at my flash cards and started the speech.
Here is my speech:
And here is the unveiling of the book:
After the book launch ended, I didn’t have a minute to breathe. All the TV cameras burst on my face. Then I gave 3-4 interviews to all different channels such as DD, ABP News, NDTV, Aaj Tak, India Today, etc. I wasn’t even able to autograph my friend’s book.
When the interviews were over, people stood in a line to get the book autographed. After that was finished, I was finally free… for about 3 seconds. Some people came to take a photograph with me. Then, finally people left and finally I got to think about myself- I was very hungry!! My brother and my cousin went to Cafe Coffee Day and brought me a cake. I sat down with peace and finished my piece of cake with my cousin while the others were packing up.
Then we went back home and watched all the photos and videos of the book launch. And I treated everyone with pizza for dinner with some of the money I got while selling my books. And then I saw the first article on the book launch was already released! I was very happy to see it. Then day by day, many articles were written about the launch!
Telegu Articles (There was another Telegu Article, I can’t seem to find it..)
Hindi and English Articles
No matter how stressful the day was, it was the best and the most important day of my life!!!
PS: The articles above are only some of them; there are more!!!
PPS: Be sure to buy my book’s Merchandise cup!