I grew up as an avid reader, for whom book used to get over but not time ..
During extracurricular activities, I participated in various competing and activities, and some of which included some sort of writing too ..
Further, as part of my education and profession, I have written Research Papers, White Papers, and Business and Technology articles etc. ..
A thinker in me made me write blogs, and motivational emails as well ..
One day a friend asked, "You write so well, give such fabulous examples.. connect things so well.. so why don't you write a book?"
Though by research papers, published in conference proceedings, are search-able in google books .. But .. Until then, I had never thought that I'd ever write a book, stories, or fiction ..
But the idea clicked ..
I started .. wrote a few paragraphs .. didn't lots of research in humans way of living, by reading biographies, talking to people etc.. and come up with a few contextual storyline..
Once I crossed writing about 50 pages, in bits and pieces, I got a confidence of completing these stories too .. I saw a shape in it .. Friends liked what I wrote .. and rest then progressed..
Exactly an year ago, on Jan 9th, I had my lecture in Saarang 2014, a cultural festival at IIT Madras, further to which I had the first launch of my book, "Life, Odds & Ends", by Mr. Dalton Eddy @ IITM with help of IIT Madras Alumni Association..
[More @ http://anvitabajpailoe.blogspot.in/2014/01/life-odds-ends.html & http://anvitabajpailoe.blogspot.in/2014/01/book-launch-at-iit-madras-during.html]
The second launch was in Feb during Delhi Book Fair by Mr. Ashok Chakradhar, the famous poet, and I can never forget the poem he read articulating the gist of the stories of my book..
Then there was a series of subsequent launches, talks, and book reading event at various places, including my talk at UIUC, IL in August, 29th, 2014 ..
TOI, further covered a few events, including panel participation at IITM in the month of Sept, 2014. In the month of December, 2014, I received my first cheque, from publisher towards the book sale in last financial year ..
A journey to remember .. a path seen to go further .. and a moment to look back, consolidate and celebrate .. the first birthday of my second baby, my book, "Life, Odds & Ends", and also of 'Author Anvita Bajpai' ..
Thanks all who were there to help & support in some or the other way, in this journey of mine .. to walk with me .. and to all my readers, fans & followers - who actually helped me reach this milestone, and enable me go further, along with balancing many other 'personal and professional' roles :) ...
Thanks again for sharing the moment with me .. being there in some or the other way .. and .. Happy Birthday LOE ..
"Live, Laugh & Love .. Always .."
-- Anvita Bajpai.
LOE @ FB - https://www.facebook.com/LifeOddsEnds
@YouTube - My Book's "Life, Odds & Ends" Trailer - http://youtu.be/7i485G11B3g (created by ME)
First author interview in Deccan Chronicle - http://anvitabajpailoe.blogspot.in/2014/05/me-loe-from-namita-guptas-pen-in-deccan.html
Buy LOE @ Amazon - http://www.amazon.in/Life-Odds-Ends-Anvita-Bajpai/dp/9382536663