A Dehradun address for my book
Sometimes you meet wonderful people who infuse hope and optimism into you. People, whose kind behaviour and positive spirit encourages you to be the best that you can be. I met such a person a few days back in Dehradun, my hometown. In my beloved town for the summer holidays, I attended a book reading in one of the wonderful cafes that have come up in the Doon valley since the past couple of years. We were half an hour into the event when suddenly there was a mini commotion of sorts. We came to know that Mr. Upendra Arora, the grand old man and the owner of Nataraj Publishers had arrived. Though the organisers of the event requested many times, he refused to come up to the front area and settled in a chair on the sidelines. A smiling face, genial demeanour and an unassuming personality, his mere presence at the venue added to the sanctity of the event. Then, very quietly, he left the place once the essentials were over; probably to avoid the same mini commotion that had taken place an hour earlier! I felt strangely bereft of not having had a conversation with him.
Bereft – no more! Because not only did I get to meet him the next day (at the Natraj bookstore) , but now my book is available at his esteemed bookstore. So maybe someone up there does have a way of getting things done at his own pace, in his own ways. I am happy and chuffed to the extreme with this honour – of having my book at THE Nataraj bookstore.
Thank you God.
Thank you Mr. Arora.