A dear blogger friend has just written her first novel and it's being released in Mumbai at the Juhu Crossword tomorrow.
Manjushree Abhinav's A Grasshopper's Pilgrimage, which I'm still reading, having picked it up on Sunday at a delightful read-meet which left me in tears of joy, is a beautifully honest book. It's resonance with my current state of soul was unnerving and humbling - it joins me and defines parts of me in my quest for labelling this 'quest'/'search' for the purpose of my being, that has gnawed at my soul since I could think and pen words down. The writing is so simple and lyrical, you'd think Manju is speaking to you from across the table over some hot coffee. It's the story of a young woman's search for spirituality and her love for a mountain. I haven't read it entirely yet, and I'm hoping to do a post on both - the book and the experience of the read meet.
In the mean, if you can, please go see her and say hi at the launch. It's at 7 pm, on Wednesday, 15th April, at Crossword, Dynamix Mall, Near Chandan, Juhu, Bombay.
You're likely to meet a mix of celebrities - Manju's a documentary filmmaker plus her sibling is a best selling author herself - but you're most likely to see a beautiful woman with auburn hair, most probably in a white sari and a big bindi, her face lit up with the most benign smile ever and wet, expectant, eyes. Give her a hug from me.
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