I've spent a lot of time wondering whether I should do what I'm going to. After all, I've enjoyed the couple of years I've done this; I like my name, the one I've assumed. But the time has come to (at least temporarily, at least for today) chuck it out.
This afternoon, I received my copies of my first book. I knew yesterday that they were being sent to me, but I really did not think that they would reach me quite so soon. It's a very strange feeling: when you have proof-read the MS three times and know what the cover will look like, you think you know what the book will also look like. But nothing prepares you for the sensation of seeing it come together into one whole. It all looks so professional... you feel you could not possibly have had anything to do with it!
Okay...so much excitement is unseemly.
So, with no further digressions, here's the cover of my first book of poetry: A Reluctant Survivor (Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, 2007).
Cover Design © Neelima Rao.
The book should be available in the Sahitya Akademi sales offices in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.