Have you heard of Varsha Dixit? I saw her book titled “Right Fir Wrong Shoe” and I picked it up on impulse, the last page mentioned Kanpur and I am a little biased towards everything that has anything to do with small towns. Although the book only reaffirms every single belief I have about that damned city and its people, barring an ex roomie, and another friend by chance who belong to that city, it is by far the worst piece of (pathetic excuse for) writing I have ever come across.
What was the woman thinking? Why did she write? At worst, that book would be chick-lit that will only entertain, nothing more nothing less. Or so I thought. But ladies and gentlemen, you take a very badly written blog with no sentence structures, too many italics and bolds and exclamation marks, make your NRI husband to bribe the publisher, and there you are – a published writer, no less! The NRI husband bit is factually correct. I am not sure about the bribing bit, but which publisher in his right mind would publish a book like this? Sample this – “when her phone rang, she kept her Kurkure ka packet…”. And this is only one example. The book is full of such words/ phrases/ sentences. This is a book for God’s sake. Not a blog meant for free browsing and free airing of unnecessary opinion (like mine), no sir. It is a book I paid for. 40 pages into this disaster and I am so irritated I could flush it down the toilet. You know what? I will tonight.
I really hope this Varsha Dixit, whoever she is, googles herself on and off – and she comes across this. I think this post is considerably google optimized now too! And I really, really hope she doesn’t write again. Ever. The woman makes Chetan Bhagat seem like award winning literature.
On an unrelated note, no matter how early work starts, more often than not I am the first one to reach office. I think I should put this on my resume/ Linkedin profile. This, ladies and gentlemen, is my USP :P