till I sang in my book launch today.
This post is dedicated to Nirali, to thank her for taking me to her favorite temple, for being the host for the launch in Ahmedabad, for designing the cover of the book, and for urging me to sing at the launch.
While sorting out the pages of the novel for something nice to read out, I came across a piece that has a song at the end. I read it out to her and she loved it.
'There is only one problem.' I said.
'I cant sing in public.'
'I might cry. It's too risky.
'Lets take the risk. Lets make a fool of ourselves, let others enjoy at our cost. Really.'
Something in her voice gave me the courage. I sang once (in a voice shaking with fear), and then a dear freind who had come for the launch, asked me to sing again. And the second time, my voice opened and expanded my conscousness in the entire hall.
So at least once in my life, for a few prescous moments, I sang in public, loud and clear!!!
Video clip of the same to be uploaded soon.
Thank you, Nirali.
And those of you in Mumbai, who dont yet know, please do come for the launch tomorrow, am pasting the details from an email by my sister:
I'm happy to invite you to the launch of my sister Manjushree Abhinav's debut novel, A Grasshopper's Pilgrimage, by Chetan Bhagat, the bestselling novelist, Tisca Chopra, renowned for her performance in Taare Zameen Pe, and Purab Kohli, whose popularity has surged with Rock On.
The launch is at 7 pm, on Wednesday, 15th April, at Crossword, Dynamix Mall, Near Chandan, Juhu, Bombay.
I'm looking forward to meeting you. It's an open event, so please do spread the word by forwarding this message to your friends and family