Standing balanced on two bikes. Bursting through the screen. Ala re Ala.
‘May I Hebb Your Attention Pliss’.
Here ladies and gentleman is the first look at the cover for my first book. Not just the cover but the entire spread. Some minor re-touches are being done but this is more or less the final cut. Please click on the small picture above to see a more full-sized (or what is technically called the Shakeela) version of the book spread.
The cover was designed by Pinaki De. Its one and only purpose is to “hebb the attention in plissant phashion” of any casual browser in a bookstore, hopefully enticing him/her to pick it up and leaf through its contents.
Okay. Now I have three announcements to make.
First one is that Ladies and Gentelmen… meri beti Samantha ki aathra baras hone ki khushi mai maine uski shaadi US ke meshoor businessman Sam ke eklauta bete Lotiya Pathan ke saath taye kar di hai…
No of course not.
First announcement (a repeat actually):
The official launch of my book ‘May I Hebb Your Attention Pliss’ will be at Casuarina Hall, in India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road on Friday March 5th, 2010 (High tea at 6.30pm followed by event at 7pm).
Everyone is invited. There is an event page for this in Facebook. Visit it please if only for the nice picture at the right hand top, which represents for me, the ideal of a successful book launch.
Second announcement (new):
An event for ‘May I Hebb Your Attention Pliss’ will be held at Crossword Elgin Road, 8 Elgin Road, Between Forum and Bhowanipore College, Kolkata – 700 020 on Friday March 19th, 2010 at 6:30 pm.
Again everyone is invited. Like the Delhi event, there is no need to register or get passes. Just walk in. I will have a Facebook page for this too. Presently.
Before that—a little context. When I saw Subhash Ghai’s ‘Yaadein’ I was deeply influenced by not only Kareena Kapoor flinging her jacket in the face of a crocodile but by the surrogate advertisement of Passpass in the whole movie. I realized that for a truly great artistic product not only do you need a solid corporate tie-in but you need one whose name has the same sub-string repeated twice. Like Passpass.
Which is why when I was thinking of doing a virtual book event for those not in the cities of Delhi and Kolkata I could look no further than Dimdim, the open-source (jo apna code rakhta hai khulla….), zero-install, fully browser-based web-conferencing service. And so when the good folks at Dimdim gave me, most kindly, a Pro account (which allows 100 concurrent participants) I felt as grateful as I felt when the end credits of ‘Yaadein’ rolled.
The virtual book event will be held on Saturday January 30, 2010 at 11:00 pm Eastern Standard Time which is 9:30 am Indian Standard Time on Sunday January 31 (Please note the difference in dates due to time difference). You only need an email id to register. Once inside the conference, we can discuss any and everything—from book, to the blog from KKR to KRK.
Here is the link to the meeting that will be active during its duration.
Please watch this blog and the Facebook group for further updates and contests.