Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Grasshopper to launch in Bangalore

Tom Alter

to launch my first novel ,

A Grasshopper's Pilgrimage

on 16th May, 6: 30 pm,

at Crossword Store at Garuda Mall,


All are welcome!

I am so happy at the thought of meeting Tom after such a long gap. I remember the first time I saw him, playing cricket on the cricket ground at the film institute. He had come down from Mumbai, and he was playing on the ex-students side. Tom is very dedicated to sports, I think more than to cinema.

A few meetings, a few years later, we met for the launch of his first novel, The Longest Race. I remember Tom gifted me a signed copy and the next couple of days I got totally lost his book. A young boy from the hills who loves to run, who knows how to run, and who 'looks like a sage when he runs'. This book depicts the sheer, thoughtless beauty of immersing the mind into the body.

Needless to say, I loved the spiritual touch to sports that only a real sportsperson like Tom can articulate. And so I gave him my first draft, a fat thick bundle, to read when he came to Ahmedabad.

Surprisingly, less than a week later, he called my cell and told me that my novel was fantastic. He urged me to go ahead and get the book published, just as it was.

"Dont change a single word." he said.

So you see why I am so looking forward to meet him?


Banno said...

Great! Tom is one of my favourite people, even though he doesn't know me from Eve.

Must get a copy of his book.

Grasshopper said...

Please do. It will make a great film too, if anyone is interested in a sports and awful Indian politics kind of subject.

JOY said...

great going!
wishing banglore happy grasshopping

Smita said...

Congrats :-)

Vikram Madan said...

Hi Grasshopper,

Congrats on publishing your book. It sounds very interesting!

Ann Dee said...

Congratulations Grasshopper!

What a name to live with..Really liked it! Would look forward to buying myself a copy of or book...or perhaps befriending you well in time, so that you gift me one. :)
All the best!

Anitha said...

Hi Manjushree,

Hearty congratulations on your book being published! :) From the excerpt and reviews, I have a feeling I'd be able to connect very well with the flitting grasshopper! I'd be sure to pick up the book soon. Are you coming to Delhi/Gurgaon for a launch anytime? Would love to attend if you're able to make it! :)


Anand said...

I have happend to meet the guy and he's as kool as they come.

How bout sending me a copy of it signed by the author herself???
Gimme a chance to become a fan, wud u??

shankari said...

It was lovely hearing snatches of the book, meeting you and then coming back home and reading it through :)

A great experience.