I succumb to this trendy trend of open letters and write one to you!
My dearest twin delights and growing assets,
( Dear reader, Now! Don’t roll your eyes! Before thy mind starts meandering, I am referring to my two bacchas).
So what gives? Apart from the daily drone?
As a good measure, I have added the Esteemed Grammie to the receivers’ list. She can play the eternal Grammar Nazi to her utter delight ( hopefully in private 🙂 )
Scintillating Sonny, you are a towering personality! Literally at 6’2”. Invariably people have to look up to you, given the average height and your ahem, length. Now just match that scenario up with some action. I know, you are already on to it.
But being your mater, I shall eternally natter.
You have taught me the Art of Zen in absolute all around chaotic clutter. Hence I look around our pad, close my eyes, pat my back and keep muttering “Aall Izzz Well” “Aall Izzz Well”.
You just chill and enjoy the flow alright?
Virus has told us already, ‘Life is a race’. We will reach the winning post definitely once we have finished enjoying the ‘Greenery’ around.
Surely, you do know that, whether you like it or not, I will sermonize from the grave too.
( Dear Reader, that’s why there is an epitaph!)
Darling Dotty ! Phew! When you start talking like Basanti of Sholay, I simply switch off as I stare with fascination at your jaw movements, dancing hands and fervid facial expressions.
You have taught me the art of dressing up of Mundane Stuff with Mirch Masala and presenting it as breaking news, delivered with absolute chutzpah. Your crazy one-liners honey, have always helped me stay grounded incase I developed any horns.
Keep singing sweetly, my songbird.
They say motherhood is Elevating, Love Affirming, Life Changing, Blah and Blah.
You children, have made me Scream like a Banshee, Pull my Hair, Made me Fat, Thin, Wobbly, Matronly, Weep with Frustration, Jump with Joy and Cuddle for Comfort.
But then, You Complete Me.
Because, Everyday with You is such FUN, in spite of US!
I wouldn’t part with you, even for God.
So March ahead into this world and stamp your presence.
I know it’s difficult to cut the apron strings but I promise I will try.
I will be a good Facebook friend by not tagging you unnecessarily and WhatsApp you about 5 times an hour with feel good messages on noble virtues. We will also Hangout, SnapChat and Skype if need be.
Dearest Mom (and dad), What would I have done without you?
I thought long and hard, putting my non existential brain to work. Not much really! You have helped me progress from ‘Florence Nightingale was a promiscuous lady’ to hoping to pen a novella.
You have always been there mom, with your constant corrections of my ‘Articles’, pronouns and prepositions.
As I daily dispense my random rumblings on the unsuspecting public at large, your work load of proofreading my tripe, has increased tremendously. Thank you..
( Dear Reader, that’s why it is good to have a mother who is a teacher! )
There, now that I have put all my cards on the table, can we have some silence please?
I am thinking hard here, about the next missive to be fired on those innocent readers out there, who have no clue what is going to hit them.
No more of those loving conversations.. “What’s for food mom?”
While you are at it, set me up with a plate too with a strong coffee to go!!
No mutterings too. Because, I Anupama Jain, am supposedly a writer. I definitely do not have the right to remain silent. Anything you, my dear family says, can and will be used in my writings and put up for the whole wide world to scrutinize, analyze, summarize.
Now, where’s my blessed couch?
Readomania’s next release is, That’s News To Me – A Presswallah’s Journey by Manjula Lal. The book is slated to hit the market in early June.
Book Blurb: Dogs can be trained to fetch newspapers for their masters.
Should a journalist be treated as a retriever of news by his masters?
Told with verve and wit, this is the story of Manush, a talented, independent-minded journalist who tries to stick to the core values of his profession while keeping body and soul together. Out in the field, he enjoys the adrenaline rush of getting scoops and the challenge of solving real-life mysteries. Back in the office, he has to tackle toxic bosses who don’t give a toss about talent and are insecure about their own jobs. And at home, there is emotional distress from a marriage only in name. As the action shifts from a magazine in Noida to a newspaper in Delhi to a website in Gurgaon, the world around Manush changes while he continues his dogged pursuit of career goals and fascinating women.
Will forces out of his control, make him go into a free fall?
Will friends and family give him the respect he deserves?
Or will he realise redemption lies elsewhere?
Do definitely grab a copy to find more 😀
About the Author: Manjula Lal currently works as Dy Editor with Tehelka. In a career spanning 30 years, she has worked for The Economic Times, Pioneer, The Times of India, Indian Express and a host of smaller banners.
Born in Ballia, a remote village of Uttar Pradesh where her father was a district magistrate, the author spent 11 years in a convent boarding school in the hill station of Nainital. After attending college in Lucknow and getting her master’s in political science from Jawaharlal Nehru University, she went to Pennsylvania State University as a teaching assistant. Her stint as the first columnist of foreign origin for a local newspaper, gave her a taste of celebrityhood that made her impatient to return to New Delhi and plunge into journalism.
The online cover launch and the author chat is scheduled for 2nd June.
Readomania is also doing a physical launch of the same on 17th June in IHC.
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That’s News To Me! Genre: Fiction – General MRP: INR 275 ISBN: 9789385854071
To Great Reads!