My Unconditional Apology to Miss XYZ. Yes, I have three babies.

I am going to share an interesting incident that happened with me last week. I was in deep dilemma of whether it should be shared or not, but finally, decided to share with you all a different side of the story of being an author. Being successful & recognised with two books looks amazing, but sometimes it has a grey side.

Last week, a teenage girl (college student) Miss XYZ contacted me on social media and wanted to share with me her reading experience and review of my latest book ‘And We Walked Away’. Being a new author, if any unknown reader puts an effort to contact me to share the review, it always excites me. I decided to respond to her immediately with excitement and lots of hope to receive some feedback.

To my surprise, she was absolutely upset and angry with me after reading my book. She started scolding and literally screamed at me. I decided to gather some review comments from her to analyse her point of view (to be honest, I was not very happy with her behaviour).
She highlighted a few points about my book (which I cannot directly mention here, as they are related to climax and suspense of the story), but I will try to share as much as possible.

Firstly, she feels that the way the protagonist (Abhimanyu) was helping her girlfriend (Naina) in college sent a wrong message to the college-going generation and our society.
Secondly, After Reading the climax of the story, she was forced to stereotype boys and girls in a certain way, which she is able to very well relate with her life and most importantly, she was upset with me, feeling that how somebody can think of such a love story. Does it exist? Perhaps, She didn’t realise that love exists for thousands of years and it existed before the time of social media (as the story is plotted in the early 2000s).

I tried to make her understand that every fiction story has lots of drama, which is necessary to keep the story moving but she was not convinced.

At last, she told me that she would pray that I quit writing, and that I should never come up with any other new book. This brought tears to my eyes. I could not sleep properly that night. I treat my both books as my babies apart from my one year old daughter.

My dear Miss XYZ, I don’t know if this post will ever reach to you or not, but please consider my sincere apology that you felt disappointed and upset after reading ‘And We Walked Away’.
I am absolutely okay if you didn’t like the plot, character, climax, suspense or whatever. You are a reader and you have every right to criticise my book because you have paid for my book and you have invested few hours to read it. However, being a storyteller I have a different view about your perspective. I see it as success and honour, when an unknown person sitting almost 2500 kms from me puts an effort to find my details to contact me to share their views about my book (either good or bad). I take it as a moment of pride. Secondly, I am now convinced that my book has definitely touched some chord with you, and you related it to your real-life incidents. That’s why you are able to relate with it so much, even though you know that it’s fiction. I take it as a moment of success for myself.
At last, feel free to criticise the book of any author but never ever curse them. You don’t know how much effort it takes to pen down a story, get it published, release it in the market and make it to a bestseller. I take it in a positive note on behalf of my thousands of readers and well-wishers that whenever I will come up with my next book, I will pray that you should get a chance to read and hopefully, I will be able to change your opinion about my book. I will come out stronger.

Love

Subrat Saurabh

And We Walked Away

Writing a book is harder than I thought and I am blessed to be surrounded with many good friends, colleagues and family members. The world is a better place with them.

THE WAIT IS OVER! I invite you to experience and feel the rocky roads, and live the love story of Abhimanyu and Naina.

My second book “And We Walked Away” was released on 24th August 2018. Thanks to my all readers and friends for their overwhelming response during pre-order. I love reading messages, comments and emails which I received from you guys during pre-order.

Such lovely response to “And We Walked Away” even before the release which entered NATIONAL BESTSELLER within few hours of pre-order on Day 1. Special thanks to those who have placed an order on Day 1 of Pre-Order. Book had reached a National Best Seller Rank #27 under Romantic Category.

I recognize and acknowledge my all readers of my first book; if you hadn’t read it, then I wouldn’t have thought to write this book. So once again, thank you!

Sharing you the opening lines of my new book “And We Walked Away

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Here is the blurb of the book

And We Walked Away” revolves around the friendship of three friends in Engineering college, with a love story blooming in their hearts. It connects to the kind of boys who are in love and keep trying to convince the same girl in different ways for a long time, not moving on in life. Also, it talks about the kind of girls who don’t believe in love but also, don’t want to take advantage of a boy’s feelings. The girls who are not conservative but don’t want to pursue love.

Crisp Plot

Abhimanyu, a well-known author returns to his engineering college in Bangalore after a decade and notices a lot of changes in the college over this period. It reminds him how he met his ladylove, Naina on the first day of college and fell in love with her at the first sight. Abhimanyu, being an impulsive, stubborn and impatient guy decides to propose her in a rush. She doesn’t believe in love and has her own reasons for it. Abhimanyu with the help of his friends Aarush and Dev proposes and tries to convince Naina many a times in unusual ways but he fails miserably. However, a trick help to melts her heart, but destiny has a different plan.

Here, I am sharing you the smile and moment when I unwrapped the first copy of my book.

It will be available on all leading e-commerce websites soon. You can grab a copy from

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Notion Press – Click here