My Path to "Get Pub­lished"

Anuja Chan­dramouli

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For some strange rea­son, peo­ple as­sume that writ­ing books on mythol­ogy are a piece of cake and the surest way to launch a ca­reer as a suc­cess­ful, au­thor. They wouldn’t be en­tirely off the mark of course. Af­ter all, this is a red-hot genre, thanks to the likes of Amish Tri­pathi, Ash­win Sanghi, Anand Nee­lakan­tan and re­cently, San­jay Leela Bhansali. Peo­ple can­not seem to get enough of mythol­ogy and his­tory, es­pe­cially since there is con­tro­versy, star­dom and big bucks in­volved. Usu­ally, though, it in­volves a lot more work than ran­domly choos­ing a trend­ing char­ac­ter from one of the San­skrit epics, re­fur­bish­ing the old leg­ends to suit modern sen­si­bil­i­ties and pack­ag­ing it all very pret­tily. Luck and ar­bi­trary chance are the key fac­tors here. In this re­gard, it does not hurt to have your fin­gers and toes crossed al­though opin­ions vary as to the over­all ef­fi­cacy of this method to­wards de­ter­min­ing your fate.

Mer­ci­fully, I was not aware of all these things when I em­barked on my own writ­ing ca­reer. It would have made things even more com­pli­cated than they were. At the time, like ev­ery as­pir­ing au­thor, I day­dreamed about em­u­lat­ing the feats of a JK Rowl­ing or Hilary Man­tel and tried not to dwell on the other side of the spec­trum which has way too many tal­ented writ­ers lan­guish­ing for lack of recog­ni­tion or re­main­ing un­pub­lished.

Hav­ing taken the sen­si­ble de­ci­sion to merely live in the mo­ment, work re­ally hard on Ar­juna: Saga of a Pan­dava War­rior – Prince, fo­cus on per­fect­ing it and worry about its fu­ture in fu­ture, I tried to do just that. Bar­ring a few ter­ri­fy­ing mo­ments where you con­front the dis­tinct pos­si­bil­ity that you may not be as good as your dream de­mands ful­fill­ment, I man­aged to com­plete the first draft, to my sat­is­fac­tion.

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