A few flashes from the past yesterday led me to think of trying to capture who might have, if at all, influenced the characters in It Can’t Be You. This is by no means a comprehensive list. It’s more a collection of thoughts as they came by. Here goes…”Reggie” Rege perhaps came from a Col. Rege who I knew in the early 70’s. One of my School friends, an Old Lawrencian served in his Regiment.
My thanks go out to Shashank Sinha for his recent review of It Can’t Be You in it’s Facebook Page. He writes with a different slant – on the psychology of the individual- and I would like to share his review here.
The Deccan Chronicle of January 22, 2011 carried an article on It Can’t Be You. I am glad it was described as a “must read”.
I must clarify that I am probably the first person from out of India to have a debut novel published from a debut effort in NaNoWriMo. This probably has been done by others abroad.
It Can’t Be You was to be launched on January 22 at the Reliance TimeOut chain of stores. We were quite excited in anticipation of the event. Unfortunately, we had to postpone the event as on that day, a call was made for a Karnataka Bandh. There was no point having a launch late in the evening with sparse attendance.
We were discussing the book, in a group of friends, when someone asked me a question which I knew would come sooner or later. “Prem, you wrote the book and you must tell us which was the best scene for you”. This set me thinking. I hadn’t really thought of what might have been the “best scene” for me.
If you are in Bangalore and want to meet me and get an autographed copy of “It Can’t Be You”, here is a chance you may like to grab. I look forward to seeing you at Reliance TimeOut, #74, Cunningham Road @ 5.00 p.m. on Saturday, January 22, 2011 where the book will be launched for the Reliance TimeOut chain of stores.
Isn’t it a nice feeling when someone you know and respect, compliments you on some facet about you that he perhaps didn’t know about? I had this experience recently. I had worked for Mr. Ashok Soota during the mid-80s when I was responsible for Selection & Training in the old Wipro Infotech. Today, he is a doyen of the Indian IT industry and is the Chairman of MindTree Limited.