My letter to famed author Chetan Bhagat and more importantly my first ever "I am your big fan" email!!
This email will probably get into your already-full-mailbox as one of those zillion "I love you Chetan, you are the greatest writer of all times" fan emails but I still felt the need to write to you.
I must admit I am not really an avid reader; in fact, I am not much of a reader at all... I must have done some 10 books in my entire life! Until I discovered your writing that is.
I don't know if this will really make you happy but I finished 2 of your books - "2 States of my marriage" & "Five Point Someone" (in that order), thanks to a friend who coerced me into this. I won't get into how thrilled I was except state that the "2 states..." took me about 2-3 days to finish and I did the "FPS" between 10PM-4AM (Nov 30-Dec1) and still managed to get to office by 8AM today. For somebody who loathed books, that's saying quite a lot!
If only, I had the same quantum of dedication into those CAT tutorials, I would have tamed the bloody entrance exam 3 years ago and got into one of those blue-blooded institutes and become a blue-eyed boy of my folks... I still haven't given up the hope but who cares; as long as I don't make it, I have to live with the Loser tag ("L" caps) anyway.
I will stop whining now.
You give a whole new definition to easy reads. I really like your cynicism and sarcasm - 2 styles which I think you should maintain (not that I know a lot about other styles of writing anyway).
I also have a humble suggestion for your next book:
How about an idea which deals with a loser (say, like me, for instance)
a) Who knows what he wants to be in life but doesn't know how to get there... or is just too lazy to get it done!
b) Somebody who is from a non-blue-blooded college
c) Has spent donkey years working for an MNC (a term which means nothing more to him than a 3-lettered acronym); for whom career is more of a means of livelihood than a "passion"
d) someone who doesn't have much of a love life
e) someone whom at the outset is just surviving and not really Living!
f) someone for whom cricket means more than just a sport
(the protagonist of this proposed book-idea uses his knowledge/skills which the current day job gives him + his passion for cricket "to emerge successful")
On the fly, I even thought of a title for this book: "6... life beyond boundaries" (in keeping with your style of using numbers in titles) - the number has a connect with cricket and also refers to those 6 pain-points in the character's life...
I am sure there are enough of such people around us so you can be assured of an exponentially growing reader-base!! I know that's not your idea of writing a book, but am just hard-selling my idea here :)
However small I may feel in stature, I would make a bold suggestion: I am willing to script this for you, if you think it's worth your time...
If you are still reading until this point,
1) Firstly, I like to thank you for it
2) If I have done enough to elicit a response from you, I would consider myself as the chosen one for the day! I will perhaps flaunt it to my friends and even put it on my CV :)
Awaiting a response... but more eagerly awaiting your next release (by which time I promise to complete "3 mistakes of my life" and "One night @ call center"!)
PS: It's amazing how a person who was so insignificant in your life just a week ago can make you do such things as write fan emails. I have never ever done that!